Many moons ago, my Granddaughter needed to dress like a Native American Indian for school. Of course, we only found out the night before she needed to be a little Indian girl. Panic set in until I found this big piece of tan FELT fabric in the closet. Honestly, it was one of those things I had no clue what I was going to do with when I purchased it....BUT it was less than a dollar for over three yards!
I laid the folded fabric down and free handed the neck and arms. I cut it on the fold so I did not have to seam up the shoulders. Then I just cut the fabric straight down the sides. I only had to sew up each side seam. Then I cut fringe all along the bottom of the dress.
She didn't like the super loose fit, so I cut strips of the felt fabric and braided it into a belt.
I made her a head dress by cutting a wide strip of felt fabric and stapling feathers to the back of it. Before adding the staples I measured it to fit her head.
She wore a t-shirt under the dress because felt is rather warm. She also wore necklaces made out of colored corn, but I have long since lost track of those. She was extremely proud of her outfit.
Another time I made her a pilgrim outfit out of one of my husband's old white dress shirts. I used the collar to make the front part of the bonnet, the largest piece of the back to make the apron, and the yoke area to make the collar thing to go over her shoulders. She just wore a long black skirt and black shirt to complete the look. We loaned it to a girl the next year and it did not return.