With all the bits and pieces of costumes you’ve seen over the past few weeks, I thought I had better take a few shots of the kids in their completed looks. First up is Easton’s turtle costume. He refused to wear the hood, but was great wearing the rest of the costume – in fact we had to pry the boots off of him so that he could wear shoes to trick-or-treat in. The one good thing about this costume is that all the fleece kept him cozy while he was out…. now if he would have just worn the hood, his ears wouldn’t have gotten cold! Unfortunately, the one design flaw of this costume is the way the shell is worn – 4 strips of vecro does not have enough hold if a kid is expected to move in their costume. It held up fine if Easton didn’t extend his arms any higher than his shoulders…. anything else and the shell fell off.
Next up is Taylor’s hodpodge costume that she wound up calling ‘rainbow girl’ by the end of the evening. I have to say, for a put-together look, it turned out really cute. The best part is, all the patterns I used are all pieces I can sew up again. In fact, I think she was impressed with the fit of the capri leggings – I have a feeling that I’ll be making some more sometime this spring (so long as they are still in style).
Last, but not least, I leave you with a parting shot of our front porch this year. Easton wasn’t thrilled that we were using his zombie baby as a prop (we told him he was protecting our pumpkins) and made us bring him in after he was done trick-or-treating.
Kwik Sew 3636
Rainbow Stripe Jersey from Needle Nook Fabrics
White Cotton Lycra Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
Materials & Cost:
Whew, costume sewing is DONE! I managed to find a satin that perfectly matched the fleece for the hood. I used the ‘wrong side’ to keep the shine down. Aside from the snags I mentioned yesterday, this part of the costume went together well, except that I found the elastic in the back of the hood to be a bit too small – it’s stretched so far that it’s over-stretched and really doesn’t do much good. I’m not too concerned, I’m thinking Easton won’t wear this on Halloween anyway.
Finding the “Jiffy Grip” for the boots proved to be a bit of a challenge. I searched several different stores before finally finding it at Joann’s (sold by-the-yard). The search was totally worth it since Easton wouldn’t take the boots off after I made them and I feel like the non-slip surface is a bit more secure than making my own (i.e. using puff paint on the bottom of the fleece). The boots and the shell may be Easton’s favorite part of his costume!
After finishing up the turtle shell, I intended to work on the feetbooties and hood next, but I ran into a couple of snags. First the booties called for “Jiffy Grip”… one notion I forgot to pick up as I had assumed I had some left over from a project years ago. Obviously, that’s one that I decided to purge several years ago when we moved. The second problem came with the hood and Simplicity’s poor directions. You see, nowhere on the envelope (or even in the directions) does this pattern call for lining – which is funny because the hood needs some lining.
The hood section is made up of 3 parts: two side pieces and one middle section that is gathered all the way around to fit….. it’s a bit bulky since it’s all fleece, but it works. The directions calls for making a ‘lining’ out of…… fleece. Now if the hood is already a bit on the bulky side, what is it going to look like if you make a second layer of fleece to add to it? Besides, can you imagine how bad your kid is going to sweat in that thing? To make matters worse, you’re supposed to make a lining, but they neglected to have you cut a center section to even complete it (this step is missing from the pattern piece itself and cutting directions as well). So, it’s back to the store to get something that will work as a lining material. Ugh.
As for the body of the costume, this part went together without a hitch. The only problem I ran into was trying to find a color of knit that would work with fleece. I never found one so I opted to cut up a pair of camouflage print pjs that I had made Easton last year and that he’s outgrown. Now it’s off to the store for a few supplies and then back into the sewing room!
This weekend was filled with sewing (the first in a long time)- I had a good opportunity to work on Easton’s costume and also give a private sewing lesson (that was LOTS of fun)! I decided to start with the turtle shell since I figured this was going to be the most difficult part of the costume (I always like to start with the hardest first so it’s ‘smooth sailing’ for there on out). I used a fusible webbing to adhere the appliques to the shell – it crushed the pile on the fleece some, but it was well worth it since I didn’t struggle with keeping everything in place (after I was finished I did a combination of raking my fingernails across the fabric and rubbing it on the carpet to get the fabric to stand up some after all that ironing).
I think the overall construction of the shell was just weird – the instructions had you sewing the foam along with the shell, then turning. I’m sure that this is to keep you from having to trim the seam allowance of the foam or having you attempt to insert and position it once the shell is flipped right side out. I think it’s fine since it is a costume, but if I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t sew the foam with the fabric (although I was very surprised how easily it went through my machine – way to go Bernina!) One mistake I did make is using fusible Velcro. It adheres fine initially, but because fleece is fuzzy, after ‘sticking and unsticking’ the Velcro several times, it starts pulling away from the fabric. The moral of the story: Fusible Velcro works great on cottons, not so much of fuzzy fleece.
Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m in panic mode. With only 10 days left until Halloween, I have a lot of work to do making costumes – and even less if we go to Night of the Living Zoo this weekend! Consequently, I stayed up late cutting out all the pieces to Easton’s turtle get-up and I wondered to myself – “Why, oh why, do I pick costumes that have an exorbitant amount of pieces?”
The only change I made (at the moment) is use fusible webbing for the shell applique. The pattern required some lightweight fusible interfacing, but I think it’s only to keep the pieces from stretching out of shape while you’re sewing down the applique. I thought a bit of Wonder Under would do the same trick and keep all the pieces in place so I don’t have to pin them and worry about shifting. Now let the marathon sewing begin (and put together Taylor’s ‘hodge-podge’ outfit before her party)!
By the way, look for ‘Linky Thursday’ this weekend!
I know that there’s never a good time for it, but my laptop is toast. It’s not like we don’t have other computers to use in the mean time, but this one has all my deadline projects on it! Fortunately, Bret was able pull all my documents off my hard drive and put them onto another computer (yay, my panic is over) but for now, I am sans laptop. I also noticed that many of my comments are being sent to my ‘spam’ folder. I’m in the process of weeding these out and trying to answer them – so if you’ve sent in a comment and I haven’t answered that’s probably why!
Since my computer is down, I’ve spent considerably less time on the internet and have had more time to concentrate on projects….. One is Easton’s upcoming Halloween costume! I even went out this afternoon and rounded up some fabrics so the project is official and up on the sidebar. Now all I have left to do is decide if he’ll go the ‘extra’ mile and wear a mask so I can make him a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!