It's starting to look like an exclusive toddler sewing blog 'round here. But I promise that's not the case. I actually snapped some photos of the last few things I've made for me. But of course I wanted to post about Jane's costume before Halloween.
And just because I'm reminiscing...remember last year's costume? Crazy how much she has changed in a year. I'm not sure that this new costume tops last year's. In fact, I don't know that any costume will ever top that one. But this one sure did turn out pretty cute.
Kitties. Jane is obsessed with kitties. Or kkkhhhhhhh, as she says it. We're working on it. So kitty costume it was. I started with Simplicity 1288, a toddler dress pattern that includes a bunch of different appliqué patterns for the front. I thought it would be a good pattern for a costume that is not really a costume. As in, I can pull it on right over top of her regular clothes. And also the fact that it is all one piece-- ears and tail attached. That makes it easy put on. She can't rip off the hood as she is wont to do with bows and hats.
She wasn't so sure about it the first time I put it on her, but now she seems to like it. She stopped and pointed at herself in the mirror and said kkkkhhhhhhh, so I take that as a good sign.
The biggest change I made to the pattern was turning the two piece hood in to a one piece hood. I did that because I thought the horizontal seam across the top would be the perfect place to put two little kitty ears. However, it did make the shape of the hood kind of block-like. Which is pretty funny from behind. If I did it again, I'd probably just tack the ears on the outside of the hood. Although putting them in a seam does make for a cleaner finish. Anyway, it's cute. She kind of looks like batman from the back.
I love that the pattern includes a bit of elastic in the hood. Great way to keep the hood on a busy toddler head.
The tail is stuffed with a little bit of poly-fill. I bound the armhole and skirt hem edges with the same striped knit I used for the hood lining and facings. The fluffy white tummy is some of that super squishy minky stuff. The grey is just plain old cheap-o fleece. The colors were chosen to match this guy.
I tried, and tried, and tried to get a photo of the two together. Jane in her costume with the cat who inspired it. Socks would have none of it. He is pretty patient with her "petting" for the most part. He'll put up with almost anything if it means he gets a little bit of love.
What about you guys? Anyone else sewing any Halloween costumes this year? Any suggestions on getting a cat to pose for photos with a grabby toddler?