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disney jane dress costume

Disney’s Jane Costume

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This year Halloween is filled with lots of firsts and lasts at our house.  Isaac is 4 and so terribly excited for his “first real Halloween class party” and the oldest so graciously informed me that he didn’t want a costume this year.

My kids are at such different stages of life……but I am bound and determined to enjoy this Halloween with each of those different kids at each of their stages.  It’s all so different for each of them.  The youngest can’t wait to march in his own Halloween parade.  He is so filled with wonderment at the thought of “all the kids seeing his costume” .  I will share his costume on Friday (he’s going old school Nintendo thanks to Dad and his “big bro” –that’s what he calls him), Hannie is just excited for all the parties (that girl is a social-butterfly) and the oldest is ”only going trick or treating for the candy.”  It’s the world of growing up, I guess.

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Easy Cape Costumes Tutorial (One Pattern…Endless Possibilities!)

Hey!  Today we are excited to be a part of the JoAnn #DIY4Halloween campaign because we finally get to share a project that we have been waiting to share for weeks!

The worlds easiest capes (ok maybe not the world’s easiest but still…they are pretty darn easy to make) that can be turned into practically any costume.

Like a fruit stand:

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The idea originally came from these capes that we made several years ago.

(And that we’ve made and remade a hundred times since.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

They fit so cute and the girls like them so much we started thinking about different ways we could use them…and it wasn’t long before we were knee deep in Halloween costume ideas.

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Pants with Polka Dots.

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Today’s sewing for fall are some high-waisted polka-dotted pants.  I really do love the look of skinnier pants on girls but when we went back-to-school shopping the “skinny pant” has become a bit too skinny for my taste level…and most of the time when the top of the pants fit, poor Hannie couldn’t even get the ankles over her feet…they were wayyyy too tight.  So, we decided on some patterns and made her some.  First up are the polka-dots and then we did some jeggings in the same style.  I will show you those on Friday.

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Jack Skellington Ornaments Black and White

Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween Decorations

I know that the Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t everyone’s favorite thing….

But I love it.

I don’t know if it’s the story or the animation or my inner Goth speaking but I just love it….really…I even have a Jack Skellington wallet in my purse…and a sticker on my mini van.   Am I too old for such things?  Yes.  But does that stop me?  Apparently not.

Which brings me to this year’s Halloween decorations:

Jack Skellington Ornaments Black and White

Last week end Grace and I made a pile of these and hung them in the tree next to our front door.  They were super easy, super fun, and super inexpensive to make.

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A Fall Swing Coat

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First up on the fall sewing list was to finish a fall swing coat that I actually started last year. I sewed up the jacket and the lining at the end of last summer, but then when I tried them on to fit the length realized that they were both WAYYYY too big and put them away to try again this year.  The fit is still a little big for this year, but hopefully that means that she will get this year and next year Spring and Fall out of it, so that’s good news.

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Using Vintage Patterns for Tweens

I am excited to show you this week (and next) some great fall pieces for my tween.This post was originally part of Sew cool for the Tween Scene talking about some of sewist’s favorite patterns for tweens.  Here is what I said about sewing for older girls….

vintage patterns for tweens

I know that the series is all about a favorite Tween Sewing Pattern—but I just can’t pick one–so I am going to talk about how I approach sewing for my tween ;)  One of the first things you need to know about me is my love for vintage patterns.  I love them dearly.  They are how I first learned to sew and some of the most favorite things I have sewn come from vintage patterns.

Now I know what you are thinking….VINTAGE PATTERNS for TWEENS?  And today I am here to tell you YES!  Vintage patterns can be FANTASTIC for tweens!

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Halloween Costume-opalooza!

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Every year liZ and I decide that we want to do some simple Halloween costumes for kids that anyone can do.  But it seems every year that time gets away from us, so we set a goal to get started early and really get some costume ideas out there.  Some we have just recently thought of…and others we have been mulling over for quite some time now.

And we are excited to show you over the next couple of weeks exactly what we have been working on!

The first one is a dress done four ways.  The first two ways are up today…and then we have two more that are coming that all use the same pattern.

Here is our modern take on a Little Orphan Annie Dress.   We knew we wanted it to look like Annie, but we also knew that we wanted to create something that could last more than just one day…..so here it is.

Modern Annie dress2An A-line dress with a  peter pan collar, placket and some puffed sleeves to go with it.  I really love this dress.  I was seriously giddy when we put it on Ruth (and she was even excited to wear it!) and she looked so cute in it.  I think it’s the perfect shape for a toddler girl…or any girl for that matter…it’s the same pattern block I used to make this dress for Hannie’s first day of school.

And here is the same dress made for a Modern Madeline, inspired by the one I made almost 4 years ago….it’s still one of my favorites.

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And we know you need some boys’ costume inspiration too…..so we teamed up with the DIY Network to bring you some costumes for all your kiddos ;)  The first one up over there is this little Chimney Sweep Costume.

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You can head over to the DIY Network to see all the details of how we made the chimney sweep broom and put the rest together with clothing and a borrowed hat ;)

And there are a lot more coming in the weeks ahead…..because we just can’t help ourselves….we ADORE making Halloween Costumes.

(Hannie’s costume this year is going to give me  a run for my money, though…..I purchased a whole bolt of fabric for it.  And a ginormica hoop skirt.  And I am going to try draping it…..cross your fingers that it turns out ;)

~Elizabeth