Sam decided that she wants to be a sock monkey for halloween, so we looked on line for inspiration. We found a few photos to choose from, but this is the one she liked the most…So,this is what we are aiming for…
We went to Fabricland last week and we bought red, beige and brown polar fleece, and we also bought some tule for the skirt.
So, to make the hat, we started with a hat she had already. I turned it inside out, laid it down on some old wallpaper, and I traced around it, estimating the dart on the top…
Then, I cut out the pattern and I pinned it and cut it out of the polar fleece. (I folded the polar fleece in half, to cut out two pieces) I decided to make the hat lined with red polar fleece, so I started with the lining. Then, I sewed the dart and around the sides to connect both pieces together.
Once I was satisfied with the fit, I cut out another hat out of the darker fabric using the same, adjusted pattern.
Then, I used the pattern to cut out a curved white stripe to become the monkey’s hat.
Before I sewed down the stripe, I roughly cut out a snout out of white and mouth out of the red. I pinned everything to the hat, then, she tried it on again. I wanted to make sure that everything was in the right place.
The problem was, I couldn’t figure out how to attach them…I decided the easiest way was to cut a slit at the end of the darts. Next time I would make a slit in the pattern to accommodate the ears, but this seemed to work fine.
Now, I wish I could say that the costume was finished… but yesterday I made the hat, shirt, pants, skirt, and a matching monkey…yes, I know, the monkey wasn’t really necessary, but look how cute it is!
So, I managed to get everything done in time to go trick-or-treating on Main Street yesterday afternoon. The bad news is I didn’t have time to blog about every piece as I made it…. sorry! I will tell you that I used a pair of her pants, and a shirt the help make the patterns. By the way, you like Dylan’s costume…he decided he wanted to be a grampa!