I spent days two and three of KCW finishing E&F’s Halloween costumes and selecting fabrics for Day Four (Debbie’s Birthday Dress, take four (I think?)!).
Do you know The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? If you don’t, then these costumes probably won’t make a whole lot of sense. Also, you should definitely find a copy and read this book! My mom gave me a copy for Christmas when I was 11 years old (nearly 15 years ago!!), and it’s been a favorite of mine. Here’s a quick image reference to the two inspirations for E&F’s costumes:
This year I chose the costumes since it’s probably the last year I’ll be able to make the decision myself (for E, anyway…). F is the little prince, of course. And E is his flower (a common rose!).
For E’s harem jumpsuit, I flipped the Sunki dress pattern by Figgy’s Patterns. I used sweatshirt fleece for the main body, linen for the side panels and pockets, and a poly-lining(ish) fabric for the sleeves. The hat is self-drafted. I dug through my fabric stash to find shades of pink and red for the flower petals. There is a layer of stiff netting in each petal to help it stand up. The petals are stitched directly to the sweatshirt fleece hat in a spiral pattern (I started in the center).
F’s jacket is a severe modification of the Little Kid Kimono jacket by Titchy Threads. I used blue and red knit fabrics from my stash, and inserted some boning into the hem to make it look more like the illustration in the book. The belt and star decorations (epaulettes?) on the shoulders are both gold cotton with a felt layer for stability. His boots are self-drafted and cut from an old leather jacket.
|Oops; I photographed the star that I messed up on. The beauty of costumes: they’re worn once and don’t have to be perfect!|
**By the way, when I say self-drafted I really mean that I cut into my material haphazardly and by some miracle it all worked out on the first try. I didn’t actually draft a pattern…
I sewed the smallest size Sunki and it’s still a little big in the shoulder area. Do you think I could get away with dressing E in the jumpsuit on a day that isn’t Halloween? I just LOVE it! It is a whole lot of green, though. F’s costume is not a little big. In fact, I’m 99% sure it won’t fit him on Halloween; he’s growing so quickly!
I love making Halloween costumes. It’s the only time I really have the confidence to make something without strictly following a pattern and having a plan. Our Halloween costumes are some of my very favorite things I’ve sewn over the years. It makes me a bit sad to hang them in a closet for the rest of forever, but what else can I do with them? More importantly, what will become of them when I die?!! ;) Happy Halloween!