As soon as the costumes and Halloween treats started appearing on store shelves, Ella announced that she was going to be a princess. She picked out a pink, princess Aurora dress and asks to try it on at least once a week to twirl around in.
Since then, I learned about the Co-op doing a special day for the kids, including costumes, trick-or-treating, and even a pizza lunch. I wanted Ella to have an awesome handmade costume and to give out little treats to her friends. She still likes Yo Gabba Gabba and Fresh Beat Band, but I was worried that either the idea is too old, or that no one would know what character she was supposed to be! Recently, she's started watching Disney Junior and has really taken to Doc McStuffins and Special Agent Oso. I wanted to get her the Doc McStuffins doctor set for Christmas, so I thought maybe she could be Oso.
But come on, I'm really not half bad at this sewing activity ;)
This won't be a tutorial since I lack the discipline and forethought to actually photograph my steps and list out exact details of my work. However, I will share a bit about my process in case you're interested in how I did it and how you may want to approach a similar project.
Ok, so first, I wrote out all the elements of the costume:
- Oso body - Long-sleeve yellow body/legs and white belly, round tail
- Oso head - Yellow hood with facial details
- Vest - Black with red trim, faux notions
- Accessories - Paw pilot and watch communicator
- Oso body
- raglan tee by Craftiness Is Not Optional, using yellow knit (purchased a couple cheap yellow blouses from Ross') for the back and long sleeves and white (knit shirt I threw into the junk pile) for the front panel. Tail was a gathered circle ( like making a yo-yo), attached to the back bottom of the tee.
- leggings by Craftiness Is Not Optional, again using yellow knit
- Oso head
- hoodie by The Boy Trifecta, I drafted my own hood shape by tracing a hood from one of her jackets, but used the instructions on how to piece it together and attach to the tee
- face details by Disney Junior, I used one of the coloring book pages, enlarged his facial details and cut it out with felt. I covered most of the felt pieces with scraps of knit so that I could match up the colors and hand-stitched them in place on the exterior hood (I did this before assembling the hood so that you wouldn't see the messy backside). For the mouth and nose, I did a satin stitch because I wasn't sure how else to get it to look similar.
- frontier vest by MADE, I didn't have felt yardage, so I cut out the pieces from sheets and assembled them together. The back is actually two pieces that I attached and pressed. The red binding is just strips of 1 inch felt that I attached like bias tape.
- notions by me, I used silver lace ribbon to look like a zipper on both sides, and on one end attached little zipper pulls.
- Paw pilot by Disney Junior, there's a printable matching game that has an image of a Paw Pilot, I printed it out, cut it to shape, and laminated it. I used E-6000 to attach a flat back metal pin.
- Watch communicator by me, I just made a strip with a circle and used some embroidery thread to make frequency lines on the face. It's held on her wrist with adhesive velcro.