Five year olds are fun. Five year olds at Halloween are the most fun. My five year old requested a Glitter Space Scaredy Cat costume this year.
I know, cats and Ivy? What a surprise!
I was nervous. This is a kid with a clear vision of what she wants, but neither the vocabulary nor the drawing skills to explain it to me. We frequently run into issues when she is sure of what she wants, but I can’t seem to figure out what that thing is.
But somehow, thankfully, things came together like a little Halloween miracle.
First, I made her go fabric shopping with me. Her original plan was for that “mermaid fabric”. You know, that sequin fabric that if you run your hand one way, it’s one color, and if you run your hand across it the other way, it’s another? Anyway, it’s cool stuff. And apparently not sold in Jo-Ann stores, even the really huge one 45 minutes away. We checked. Twice. Things were getting dire until she spotted this funky heliotrope oil spill vinyl. She fell in love and all was saved.
Fabric sorted, and no sewing across sequin. Yay! Now for the design. Gulp.
I started with the same pattern as her bat costume last year, Ottobre 6/2016, #18 Dalmatian Rabbit Hoodie. Last year, I screwed up the hood, resulting in floppy, ill-placed ears. This year, more experienced, I got it right. I drafted wide cat ears, though they actually look more like bat ears. To get them to stand nice and tall, I layered heavyweight interfacing inside. Then, I sewed elastic across the seams inside the hood at the ears, to reinforce and gather. The result was pretty perfect and I wished I’d figured out that trick years ago.
I also added elastic around the face of the hood.
To the hooded jacket pattern I started with, I extended down to add a longer body and legs.
I wish I hadn’t made the body quite so long. I probably should have muslined first. But I didn’t, because I never learn, so the torso is loooooooongggg, and makes it hard for her to lift her legs.
She soldiers through, though.
An invisible zipper down the front, a stuffed tail at the bum and attached at the neck to keep it up,
and we have a Glitter Space Cat!
Oh! And paws. I added some paws, attached to the sleeve hems so they wouldn’t fall off.
She has worn this thing already to the point that some of the oil-spill vinyl has worn off at the knees and the palms. I probably should have done the photo shoot two weeks ago, when I finished sewing. But I do love that she loves this costume so much. She wears it to friends houses, on errands, gymnastic class, and even packed it for a weekend trip to Grandma’s. A pretty solid success.
Photo bombed by our earth cat
Happy Halloween for my Glitter Space Scaredy Cat!