I just realized I never published this last week, when I meant to. So here is a very belated Bat Costume for Halloween 2016
Years ago, when my oldest was a toddler, my sister and I made bat costumes for him and his two year old cousin. Each of my boys wore the bat costume when they were about 1.5-2 years old. But then I passed it along to a friend for her kids.
And then Ivy decided she wanted to be a bat this year. The old bat costume was no longer around, and she would have been too big for it anyway. So a new bat costume was in order. Bat Costume 2.0
This is going to come as a total surprise, but I used an Ottobre pattern for the jacket. I know. I altered pattern #18 from 6/2016, Dalmatian Rabbit Hoodie. I altered it by screwing up the hood and not understanding the pattern pieces, so the ears are at the front seam, instead of attached a missing band that is supposed to be there. And I wanted it longer, so I added a band at the hem, after attaching the zipper.
But it works. The jacket is made of cheap-O fleece from Jo-Ann Stores. But the wings are what really make the costume, so let’s discuss those. Yes?
The wings are a Cut&Sew panel from MyFabricDesigns.com. The panel is a dragon set, with the wings front and back, a tail, and extra fabric for coordinating whatever. There are multiple colors available, so I let Ivy choose what she wanted, the blue/black combo. I used the extra fabric to line the hood and the ears, and didn’t use the tail at all. But the wings themselves were perfect for a bat costume and made things so much easier for me!
I just cut the wings out of the panel, then cut them down the middle to separate. (the panel has the wings as one piece, right and left) I sewed the wings front and back, right sides together, along the “outside” edges. Flipped and pressed. Then I sewed each wing into the jacket sleeve and body before finishing the jacket. Seriously so very easy! And both Ivy and I love how it turned out.
We paired it with a black tee from her closet, and some black leggings I made a year of so ago. Some fun face paint, and we had a bat!
You can grab the dragon (bat?) wings from MyFabricDesigns.com. So many possibilities!
Wing panel fabric was provided as part of a sponsorship agreement with MyFabricDesigns.