I spent most of Kid’s Clothes Week working on O’s Halloween costume and finally got it finished up and photographed to share.
The theme for this week was “Storybook” so I figured a book-inspired costume would be perfect for O. One of his current favorites is The Elusive Moose by Joan Gannij and Clare Beaton. It’s a charming little story and I quite like reading it to both kids. The illustrations were created with felt and embroidery and little notions and O likes pointing at the different animals. E loves finding the hidden moose in each picture, and I’ve even shared this book with my 2nd graders and they enjoyed it as well.
I figured I could make something moose-like for O that could be reused beyond Halloween. And so, my little moose:
I made a “cozy winter hood” from Little Things to Sew with enlarged ears and added antlers. The outside fabric is one of my old sweaters and the lining is shot cotton. The antlers are felt and it took some trial and errors to get them to not flop over. This is a straightforward pattern but I ended up spending quite a bit of time with the seam ripper. I think the super-stretchy sweater is partly to blame but listening to the Serial podcast while sewing may also have been a factor.
The sweater is the Oliver+S lullaby layette pattern in size 12-18 months, using the same recycled sweater and shot cotton as the hood. This is a lovely little pattern, although I really want to try it with an added hood and maybe a reversible zipper or some elbow patches. It is supposed to close with 3 snaps but I was completely out so I added a sew-in snap below a single button.
The pants are from the same lullaby layette pattern, size 18-24 months in Kaufman corduroy. This is my third go at this pattern and I like the fit and the off-center seams in the front. My only wish is that the waistband piece were a bit wider to make a taller casing. The elastic is always rolling around, although I did tack it in a few places which helped a bit.
I also made a tee shirt using the Made By Rae Flashback Skinny Tee pattern in a size 18-24 months. This is an old maternity tee and I intended to reuse the cuffs and bottom hem but then sewed the arms on backwards. So I chopped the hem off and added cuffs, which ended up working nicely to tie in with an orange neckband. This moose is my first freezer paper stencil. I’ve long been intending to try freezer paper stencils but I am a slow mover. I couldn’t find freezer paper locally and had to order some online. I had also forgotten to buy fabric paint so I used a fabric marker instead. I’m curious to see how it will last once washed. I do love this flashback skinny tee pattern and I’m excited to make more for O.
And with that, our costumes are complete. If I can convince O to keep his hood on.
My little monkey moose boy.