Fox Costume

Meet the Fox! fox costume

When my oldest son decided he wanted to be a skunk for Halloween, I had no other choice but to dress his brother in a fox costume. The cutest little fox I’ve ever costume

I had a hard time finding fabric that was the right shade of “orangey/brown”. I looked and looked but then I found this heathered burnt orange t-shirt in the men’s section at Wal-Mart. I bought two XXL shirts and took them to the cutting table. I used my new favorite pattern again, The Bimaa Sweater for the top. I sewed strips of brown knit to the bottom of the orange before cutting the pattern. And I added the ears before sewing the sections of the hoodie. I used interfacing in the ears but I also did a little extra step to get them to stand up. After the hoodie was sewn, I flattened the ear down and sewed a few stitches right on top. Then I bent the ear back the other way and put a few stitches on the inside of the ear too. They stand up really well now!

fox costume

fox costume

fox costume

For the pants, I used the Fancy Pants Leggings Pattern from Tichy Threads. Another very easy and very satisfying pattern! I used the same method and sewed brown fabric to the orange before cutting out the pattern. fox costume

fox costume

The tail. The cutest little tail ever. It’s just stuffed and sewn right on to an elastic belt that sits under the shirt.

fox costume

fox costume

I love that he can wear the top as a shirt later on. My kids love play clothes so I don’t think this week will be the last time I see it :) I also want to make more Fancy Pants Leggings. This kid has a big butt and this pattern fits him great. To say they are excited is an understatement!

fox costume

And just in case you don’t have the song in your head yet…
fox costume

Be sure to check out his brothers Skunk Costume too. How many more years do I have left for “themed costumes”?

fox and skunk costumes

Batman and Robin

Happy Halloween! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already knew about our costumes.  I have been procrastinating for weeks. I bought the fabric for capes back in September, I had such high hopes for myself :) Anyway, meet Batman and Robin…

I know I’m a little biased but they look stinking cute! However, that Robin is a little stubborn, he doesn’t like his mask or his cape (or pictures)… oh sure just don’t wear it, its not like I spent any time on it or anything :/ I used green pants and a green shirt that he had and I made the “vest” part. I used an old red shirt that I had and drafted a pattern up using a sleeveless shirt and underwear… go me! Then I used iron on transfer for the logo and the stripes on top. The belt is just yellow fabric on top.

Batman on the other hand would live in his costume if I would let him. I know how much he loves Batman and that is why I made his costume out of normal clothes that he can wear after Halloween. He has on plain black pants and I used layered iron on transfer material on his shirt. Then I just made a separate belt out of yellow fabric.

I love the way the capes came out, I used black jersey and used a bib for a pattern around the neck. The logos are just felt. At least one of them loves his cape haha.

If you are wondering how I ever got two toddler boys to be still for “this long” here is my answer… I bribed. I’m not really above anything for a good picture.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween! You can check out last years costumes HERE and HERE.

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Octopus Costume

In keeping with our “under the sea” theme this year… Clyde will be fashioning an Octopus Costume :)

Trying to get a crawling nine month old to sit still for an octopus photo shoot isn’t the easiest of tasks… but we got a few pictures. Just like his brother’s,  I made sure his costume is comfortable because my boys will rip clothes off if they don’t like them. 

This is what I started with…
-light blue onesie with a truck on it
-blue pants
-XL men’s blue shirt on clearance

My main problem was that all of the blues were a different shade so I tie-dyed all of them along with Poseidon’s pillow case. Also, I tried to seam rip that embroidered car which almost resulted in a major fail… saved it by adding felt octopus eyes. 

For the “octopus leg belt”, I created a sock shape and cut out 12 halves from the XL men’s shirt. Then I sewed them together but left the tops open. I stuffed the legs and made “bias tape” (not actually on the bias- just from the tshirt scraps). To close the legs, I sandwiched them into the bias tape. The whole belt has a Velcro closure. 

Lastly, I kind of cheated and fabric glued felt “o’s” for the suckers to the back of the legs… I mean after cutting 35 “o’s” out I wasn’t abut to hand sew them on… Halloween is one day people. 

and this pretty much sums up how he felt about this little photo shoot…  bye mom.

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Poseidon – King of the Sea… a costume

If you ask Finn about his costume for Halloween not only is he excited to put it on (because it involves a Trident) but he will also tell you he is the King of the Sea

At first he called his Trident a fork and ran around trying to “eat” everything with it. I have to give full credit to my mom for the idea. I though of Clyde’s costume (pics coming later this week) and wanted an Under the Sea theme. My Mom came up with Poseidon… KING OF THE SEA. Finn loves it. He even cried for at least 10 minutes after I made him take it off.

I don’t have a tutorial because Poseidon is pretty obscure, right?
Here are the components:
-a tie-dyed pillowcase 
-gold pleather belt with felt waves hand embroidered with a Velcro closure
-gold pleather shoulder “wrap”
- black taffeta trident with gold pleather tips and a wooden dowel inside and stuffed to make it soft

The best part is that it is super comfortable for him so he can run for hours in it :)

(ps… our poor dog was not harmed in the chasing with the trident pictures :)

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