Around Halloween, I am happy I sew. I liked making costumes for my own children and now I have grandchildren I can dress up. I am not a fan of a huge elaborate costume, I want something that is comfortable for the child to wear. I want them to be able to move, see and have fun. I sew part of it and then I buy pieces to complete it that they can wear as regular clothes.
What materials did I need? First thing I did was find an orange cotton knit fabric on Etsy. I got 2 yards of it in case I needed to make a matching one for the little guy. I used fusible batting on two of the circles. Other than that, scraps of black fabric and scraps of strap fabric.
I had a very old pattern for making a costume for an M & M candy. But you could use any circle. Cut out four of them.
I free hand cut black triangles for the face. I had fabric glue from the nice folks at Wawak sewing supplies sent me. I figured that this way Zara could participate in creating part of the costume.
When she discovered that the glue would form strings when the bottle was taken off the fabric, I thought she would pass out from laughing. Then I started laughing. This was the most fun I have ever had making a costume.
After the glue dried, I used the blanket stitch to make sure the triangles stayed down. I also made another Jack o Lantern face on another round orange piece.
I made two straps for the top and the sides. I cut orange strips 3.5" by 10" for the top and 3.5" by 8" for the sides. I sewed them right sides together and turned them inside out and pinned them onto the right side of one face circle.
I placed a plain circle on top of each face and stitched all the way around. I made sure the straps stayed inside. I left a gap so I could turn each piece inside out.
I also attached the free end of the straps onto the other round circle. I couldn't figure out a way to embed both ends unless I made 8 straps and had button and button holes. I decided this was easier. (Way easier in fact!)
I was pretty happy at this point. The color was great, the sewing was easy and the iron on batting gave just the body I had wanted. This was the comfortable pumpkin costume I had envisioned.
I had ordered a black hoodie, black leggings, orange polka dot shoes, 2 pairs of Halloween socks and an orange bow. She already had a black shirt so she will be set for any weather.
She has two side to choose from. I could not love the one she designed more especially when I remember the grand time we had with the glue. Bonus: if she stains the one side, just turn it around to the other.
Hey, maybe I need clothes like that!
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