Happy Halloween – Handmade kids dressing up costumes.

Halloween for the last couple of years has coincided with trading at the Big Textile show in Leicester, which has meant spare time has been a bit limited. As my kids are now a bit older and not having such huge growth spurts I suggested they might wear last years vampire costumes again! However that was NOT on their agenda at all!! My little girl wanted to be a black cat like her friend and my little boy wanted to be a skeleton. Luckily not to adventurous or complicated so I decided to oblige.

I was very lucky with my little boys outfit. I planned to look for some white glow in the dark fabric to cut bones out and sew on to a black onesie.

On my search I found this rather magnificent Timeless Treasures glow in the dark skeleton panel. The measurements worked out pretty well just slightly shorter than my little boy so it seemed the ideal solution to save lots of time constructing bones to make a skeleton.

I have a skinny jogger and hooded top pattern both in the plan to be published next year for which he has been my wearing tester. I therefore have the right sized patterns for him. I merged the two together earlier in the year to make a onesie for his Stickman costume for World Book day. So I did the same again to make a plain black onesie in polar fleece. I cut the bones out and placed on the appropriate parts of the onesie. I used a zig zag stitch to sew the bones on, then trimmed the fabric close to the stitching. Making the onesie was a quick job so it was quite easy to fit in after I got home from the show.

He fell in love the with mask when we were shopping so this completed his outfit.

Meoowww, my little girl wanted to be a pretty black cat! Not very spooky I know! I found some lightweight black sequin fabric. I cut one metre into a circle skirt, edged the bottom with the overlocker and attached to a black elastic waistband. The top was made from a piece of black shiny lycra knit I found in my stash. I cut ears from the left over fleece from the onesie and stitched over an Aliceband with a small piece of pink felt for the inner ear. I used another piece of fleece to make a tail that I attached to a thin piece of elastic around her waist. Nice and simple.

I wasn’t allowed to draw whiskers on to complete the look but its all about fun, they joined their friends and trick and treated the night away, loving every minute.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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