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Today I am excited to be a part of the Handmade Costume Series going on over at The Train to Crazy. When Andrea invited me to participate again this year, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Remi is obsessed with Jessie and Toy Story. Obsessed. So I knew that was what she had to be for Halloween.
The shirt is bought, and I made the denim jeans underneath using Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop’s Skinny Jeans pattern.
And the chaps are all me. Here’s what you need to make some:
- cow print fabric (found mine at Hancock)
- fabric marker
For the chaps, I started off using a pair of Remi’s jeans, folded in half, to get my chaps pattern. I laid the jeans out on the fabric, which was already a double layer. That way, I’d only have to cut once to get both the right and left side of the chaps.
Use the fabric marker to outline the jeans, adding about an extra half inch to account for seams.
Cut out the chaps.
Cut out eight pieces of ribbon – four per side – at about 10-15 inches long. These will help keep the chaps in place.
Hem up all sides, catching the ribbon where you want them placed.
Now cut a piece of fabric to serve as a waistband for the chaps. I cut it wide enough to fit the elastic once the fabric is doubled over, and enough to go around Remi’s waist. Fold it in half, right sides together.
Sew along the long side, and turn it right side out.
Cut a piece of elastic to your child’s waist measurement. Feed it into the waistband casing, pinning it at each end.
Sew the ends of the band together. Be sure to catch the elastic in each end!
Take each chap, and fold it over the waistband. Sew in place. This will allow the chaps to move a bit if they ever need to be adjusted for different wearers.
Try them on your Toy Story obsessed little lady, and see her light up!
I love how these turned out, and they were so easy to make! The elastic waistband just slides easily over whatever pair of pants you have on underneath.
The ties in back really help to keep them from flapping around. (Don’t you love that heart print denim? It’s from Jo-Ann’s. And I love this Skinny Jeans pattern!)
Remi hates having her picture taken, so the fact that she was willing to do this – and even smile – really says something!
We may add a yellow bandana in somehow when Halloween rolls around, but for now, we are pretty happy with this get up.
Be sure to check out the rest of the costumes for the Handmade Costume Series!