We went with a literary theme this year: Charlotte's Web. After deciding my daughter would be a pig, I was suggested Charlotte's Web & the idea for my costume was born. My daughter's costume was pretty easy to make. Meet Wilbur:
Just sew a pair of shorts that looked ham-hockish, sew felt ears in place on the hoodie (hoodie from Walmart, but it is sold out...here is a similar one), sew a felt tail with a pipe cleaner inside to shape, and add pink tights (from We Love Colors), a shirt, and shoes. The ears & tail can be removed to use the hoodie on normal occasions as well. I bought pink face paint but she HATES anyone touching her face. So that was a no-go.
I posted about the shorts already, but here is the recap. I decided to follow homemade by jill's advice and used the puppet show shorts pattern by Oliver + S. I have only sewn three patterned items before, but this one was pretty easy and they fit pretty well. They are too big in the hips, but my daughter is 20% in weight and will only eat cheese. And crackers. So I knew they would be slightly big. They stayed on her though, which was so wonderful.
For my Charlotte's Web costume, complete with Charlotte, I followed a few different examples. I made my shirt by printing out a picture of this costume's embroidery pattern:
Then I made the spider web skirt by simply tying white yarn together to make a web pattern and layed that over a black skirt from goodwill. I got the idea from this picture (you can't buy this at Grandin Road anymore).
I can use the skirt again without the yarn because it isn't glued down or sewn into the skirt. It made the web move when I walked.
Finally, I decided (at the last minute) to crochet a hat and tried this pattern (she made a hybrid of two hats that she liked).
It had no elasticity to stretch around my head and felt like a beanie. The picture doesn't look like a beanie! I put a plastic spider on top of the hat to complete the look, and wore orange knee high socks with black spider webs on them.