So our little grand daughter is only 2 months old this year but it is her first Halloween. So, she needed a costume to mark her first All Hallows day.
I have recently discovered the most wonderful place to get patterns for babies & children called the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop. The range and uniqueness of its patterns are incredible. I’m a big fan already.
I discovered that they have a pattern called the Ultimate Costume Creator and it is truly wonderful. The size in the single pattern range from baby to 12 years old so it really covers the entire childhood span and will get to use with it year after year. I genuinely can’t say enough great things about this first Halloween pattern.
This pattern is so versatile with endless options. The base costume is a zip-up overall. Then all the options are available to create almost anything! I’ve seen a cowboy, astronaut, Rosie the rivetter, cat, bear, dog, lion, ..and on and on. There are so many different all kinds of options from different ears to tails to scales to unicorn horns. The combinations are endless. I can’t wait for when she is old enough to choose what she wants to be – and lo, I have the pattern!
So I printed off the 9 months size so she would have lots of room with her cloth diaper bulk. The pattern did not get printed at a print shop although that option is available in the pattern. I figured at this size, I can just print off and cut it out quite easily.
I had some small amount of black fleece, so I went with a black cat outfit with cute little ears and a tail.
Sewing it up
I learned a couple new techniques with this pattern. Confession: I’ve never put in a zipper like this before. I had only done zippers with zipper tape in bag making. The zipper I used was #3 size black zipper tape instead of the recommended zipper. No problem there, just added the pull and did a few stitches across the bottom. There was reference to a YouTube video on a centered zipper tutorial (which I watched) and it was all good from there.I
I panicked at first when I discovered how the pink was added to the ears. You take the pink piece and place it on top of one of the ear pieces. Then you tightly zigzag all around the edges to secure it on. My domestic machine has been a bit touchy lately so I was nervous but it did a heroic job. It was actually kinda fun & satisfying to do.
So, ears done, tail done, bodice done. Now hood and attach all together. I fiddled a bit with understanding how the hood and band worked, but after pinning it altogether first, it made sense. Overall a quick, easy and quite fun sew for my first Halloween for a kiddo in years.
I’m hope this is helpful to someone else first trying to do a kids Halloween costume. Honestly, I love this pattern and hope you will give it a try. What do you think?