Hello, there! It’s been a while since I last posted, but I won’t go into detail as to why… Life pretty much just got in the way, and I was taken away from blogland. Boo! I know. But Halloween is this week and I couldn’t go without sharing my first costume I made for Ethan!
He chose to be a spooky black spider and it sounded easy enough to sew up. I was inspired by the one over at Pottery Barn Kids and wanted to make one similar. This was a series of firsts for me… and it was an awesome experience! I drafted the pattern on my own, made a muslin pattern, lined the costume, and sewed a hood! Pretty cool, huh? And, it turned out decent!
The legs didn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to but that’s ok. I had wanted the legs to stick out and bend down, but I couldn’t figure out an easy and safe way to do it. I tried floral wire but it was too sharp for a kid’s costume. So I ended up just stuffing it with poly-fil and left it at that. Aren’t I so original? This spider will just have skinny, floppy legs. Super spoooooky!
The outer fabric is fleece (which I love sewing with because it’s so easy) and the lining is a knit jersey. I lined the entire piece with knit and I loved how it felt inside! Yup, and I used a plain old regular needle for this. I had intended to buy a ball point needle after reading about sewing with knits but I completely forgot about it while at the fabric store. But it turned out fine – no broken needles – yay!
I made fleece pants to go with the costume. I used the Playground Longies pattern by Apple Dumpling Gear. I’ve sewn this pattern up so many times. It’s a super easy one. And I just love the contrasting booty part – diaper or no diaper, it’s so comfy as play pants for little ones. I left the bottom unhemmed because I didn’t realize how tall my munchkin was and made them a tad short. Oh well, just glad that fleece doesn’t fray!
Ethan wanted green eyes – so he got them! Actually, he wanted eight green eyes, which made total sense, but I didn’t feel like sewing eight eyes. He settled. Ah, it’s great to make things for him while he’s still so young. He accepts my opinions… with a little bribe (or two). Ha!
Happy Halloween, guys! It feels so great to be back on here!