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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

.:Handmade Halloween:.

I shared this post originally over at The Train to Crazy as part of the Handmade Costume Series


My girls are all pretty young still, so I am able to get away with making them dress in coordinating outfits. I plan on doing it for as long as I can! (You can see more about how I dress them here). Naturally, I wanted their Halloween costumes to coordinate as well. Sometimes it can be tricky finding things for three girls to be together. But after we checked out Alice in Wonderland from the library a couple of months ago, I knew I had their costumes figured out!


My oldest is my girliest and our blondie, so she is going to be Alice. My baby is just little and cute, so she is going to be the Cheshire Cat. My middle girl is a redhead – in every stereotypical sense of the word! So what better costume for her than to be the Mad Hatter? I’m going to show you what I did for all of my girls, and how I like to use things that they will be able to wear in real life as well.





Let’s start with my Mad Hatter, shall we?





I knew I wanted the costume to be colorful and bright! I decided to use my tutorial for the Skirt of Many Colors.  You start off with your fabric and elastic.


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Follow the tutorial as shown, cutting your fabric pieces to your desired sizes. The difference is that for your ruched panel, you will need to cut your panels twice the length of all of your other panels.


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Start sewing your panels together as you normally would, right sides together. Before you attach your ruched panels, you need to run a gathering stitch along each side – length wise – of the panel. Find the middle of your ruching panel and the middle of the panel you’re attaching it to and pin them, right sides together. Gather the sides evenly and pin in place.


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Sew the two panels together. This is what it will look like at this point.


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Repeat on the other side.


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Once you’ve sewn all of your panels together, you’ll have the front and back side of your skirt.


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Gather some sparkly tulle and sew it to the bottom of the skirt.


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Gather the top edge of your skirt pieces and attach them to the top tier pieces of your skirt.


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Sew the front and back together, add in your elastic waistband, and you’ve got yourself one darling skirt – perfect for the cutest Mad Hatter!


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To go with her costume, instead of having a blazer, I wanted something a little more comfortable for my daughter to wear. She’s only two and is a busy body! I went with this shirred bolero pattern.


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To make sure everyone knows she is the Mad Hatter, we need to complete her costume with a top hat. I followed this tutorial and came up with this baby, attached to a headband of course.


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What do you think, did we pull off a girly version of the Mad Hatter?





If you couldn’t tell, she was definitely mad at me for wanting to take her picture.





Kinda fitting, isn’t it?





I’m pretty happy with her little ensemble, and I think it’s going to be perfect for Halloween! Plus, aside from the top hat, those are all things that she can wear normally!


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Mad Hatter: Done!





For my little Alice, I went with the Fiona dress from Violette Field Threads.





I’m in love with everything about this dress: the bustle, the bloomers, the big sash. It’s so adorable!





I made her big bow headband using this tutorial from See Kate Sew.





It’s the perfect finishing touch to her costume!





And last but not least, we come to our little Cheshire Cat. I used my ruffle dress pattern and some Riley Blake chevrons, and we were set!





I whipped up some felt headband ears, and we’ll make some whiskers when it’s really Halloween.





I think she makes a pretty cute kitty, don’t you?





So there you have it! Three adorable girls in three adorable costumes – and all things we can wear normally as well! Score! That really helps me justify my fabric shopping to my husband!

What are your kids dressing up as for Halloween?

8 comments:

  1. They are adorable! I love the costumes and how they can wear them outside of Halloween too! Great job!!!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Oct. 09, 2012. Thanks again.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 09, 2012. Thanks again.

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  4. Very cute! I love homemade creative costumes like this. Using cardboard boxes I made my son an Iron Man costume this year.
    I just blogged about it last week, he's super excited to go trick-or-treating!

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  5. Adorable!!! You are so creative!

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  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 10, 2012. Thanks again.

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  7. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 10, 2012. Thanks again.

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  8. Totally adorable and inspiring!
    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/10/upcycled-chicken-coop-clever-chicks.html

    I hope to see you there!
    Cheers!
    Kathy
    The Chicken Chick

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