Monday, December 5, 2011

Bunny rabbit toddler Halloween costume

Hi again.  Oh, didn't I tell you I'm going for the "Least Updated Blog of 2011" award?  I think I have a pretty good chance of winning that one...


Unfortunately I've got no big news or juicy gossip to excuse my absence.  My sewing machine has been gathering dust save for a few projects here and there.


Halloween was my last big project at the sewing machine.  Since this is probably the last time I can decide what costume L will wear (by next year she'll surely be much more opinionated), I brainstormed an outfit that would meet the following requirements:
- warm enough for wearing outside, and able to wear layers underneath
- minimal fuss to put on a toddler 
- can be assembled using stash fabrics


Inspired by this rabbit costume I found on Etsy, I fell in love with the idea of a long sleeved bunny rabbit suit.  I was browsing through some old issues of Ottobre to find a good starting point when I found the entire costume drafted for me in the form of a "piglet coverall" winter bunting, only I needed to replace the small pig ears with long bunny ears, and replace the curly tail with a white fluffball.  




Ottobre Autumn 2006, pattern #5 - piglet coverall

I raided my stash and settled on some heavy grey wool jersey - the Vera Wang stuff from Fabric.com that everyone went crazy over two years ago.  This fabric turned out to be much thicker than I expected, better for outerwear than a top or a dress.  The floral cotton print is from a thrifted bed sheet (because don't all moms who sew and blog eventually use a thrifted bed sheet in their children's garments?).


The legs and arms ended up being really long, but nothing some foldup action couldn't solve.  

 

I was even thinking that I could reuse the costume next year, or share it with someone else in need of a bunny costume, until I threw it in the warm wash with my other laundry and it felted into a small, stiff, sad little outfit.  Good thing I only spent one night making it.

14 comments:

Mikhaela said...

So cute! But I think I win the least updated blog award. I didn't even make a costume for Z.

Valerie said...

Adorable! Anyone with a toddler has a very good excuse to be too busy to blog much.

katherine h said...

Too cute! I was just browsing quickly tonight and was not going to stop and comment, but this is so adorable that I just had to...gorgeous outfit on a gorgeous girl...and yay for Ottobre.

couturearts said...

Oh, my goodness, how adorable! She may want to wear it every day.

Curry Made said...

Very cute!

Robin said...

Very cute! I'm impressed you managed to put it all together from your stash too. You rock! :)

KarenP said...

Really cute!

Isabelle said...

How adorable is this costume, and your little girl? :D
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The Slapdash Sewist said...

Sooo cute! Love the flowered touches. But so sad about the felting! Ah well, we'll always have bunny.

Gail said...

I've still got the first dress up I made for my daughter - a little furry bib, furry pants with tail and a cap with pussy cat ears. She is nearly 20 now!

Anne-Marie said...

This is a great costume... and you will be sewing lots more I am certain ;-). Your little girl is very young. May be next year, you will get to decide again her costume. I use to make my son's costume only a few days before Halloween. Or else, he would change his mind after I was all done sewing it. The fun thing is to pass them along to a second child or friend's children. The one's who do no sew are always so happy to have those little rabbits. Lovely daughter !!

Colette said...

We miss you Christina! Enjoying family time I'm sure :)
regards
Colette

Kay said...

if it never went into a dryer, then there's a way to bring it back to original size... hang on.. here's the note I saved.

In a large pot, combine two liters of water with one liter of vinegar and bring to a simmer. Add the shrunken garment and let sit for 20 minutes. This process will loosen the fibers and allow the item to be reshaped. When the time is up, drain the pot and let the sopping wet garment cool to a handling temperature. Be sure not to rinse the garment. When it has cooled a bit, dry the garment by rolling it in clean towels. Once the excess liquid has been removed, lay the garment on a clean towel and gently reshape it. Don’t worry—the vinegar scent will go away after some time. Let it air dry and you should have your garment back to its normal size! However, if it has been placed in the dryer, this trick likely will not work as the heat causes permanent shrinkage.

Hope this helps.

Lucie said...

so cute