All posts tagged: Halloween

PJ Masks Costumes

My nephew had just woken up from a nap, a groggy little just-turned-2 year old. He walked into the living room, his face brightened up, and he exclaimed “Gekko!” It was my favorite moment from Halloween last year. What he didn’t know when he woke was that his cousins were already in the other room getting into their Halloween costumes. :) Now seems like good a time as any to share these… they were last year’s costumes but it’s almost that time of year again and I’ve been brainstorming lately what to do for this year. PJ Masks were absolutely perfect for them last year… three little ones, two boys, one girl… popular, but not overdone, and they all love the show. Gaaa! And just look at them… how cute are they!? Pattern used: Jalie 3135 Skinsuits I thought about doing leggings and tops, etc. from patterns I already had, but this just seemed to be a better match to the characters. I’ve only used one other Jalie pattern thus far (see here), but I said …

October Blog Traffic and a Papercut Patterns Sway Dress

October! A beautiful time of year! First, please tell me how it is October already. Seriously. Second, well… I don’t really have a second. Other than I’ve been missing this space lately, and wanted to come stop by and write down a few thoughts. And to welcome any newcomers to this little corner of the internet. Except I like to think of it not as a corner… more like an open room with lots of big windows and beautiful natural light. Anyway, October is the time of year when my blog gets a lot of new traffic. It’s weird, and I guess sort of flattering at the same time. I don’t have many tutorials on here, but what I do have is mostly revolved around Halloween (yay!). So if you’re here because you clicked on a link for costume belts or dwarf slippers on Pinterest… welcome, and thanks for stopping by! :D Here’s my quick intro – my name is Kyla. Pharmacist by day, aspiring seamstress and dog wrangler by night. :) Recently engaged, currently planning the …

A Frozen Halloween!

Happy Daylight Saving today! (LOL… “they call it Arizona” “it’s NOT plural!”… that video cracks me up – if you haven’t seen it take a minute and click the link; it’ll be worth your time). Okay, so it wasn’t frozen at all… it was actually pretty hot yesterday (poor little Olaf was melting!)… but here’s how the costumes turned out! :) Olaf Patterns: Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Snowman Costume (Free Pattern! but also just learned they sell fabric… have you seen their knit panels… so cute!), Go To Baby Leggings (Free Pattern!), Dylan Onesie Patten (also made here; I added an extra panel of interfacing-reinforced fabric on the inside under the snaps this time and it was a lot easier; snaps are definitely the way to go – last time I made the one with velcro and I think it was scratching his legs too much), Fleece Hat Pattern from Tracy’s Treasury (Free Pattern! — I lengthened the ear flaps and added velcro for the chin strap). Fabric: Organic Cotton Stretch French Terry from Cali Fabrics for the onesie …

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…

SUPERGIRL! Yessss! So in the midst of planning and sewing my Frozen Costumes, my work decided to do a superhero/villain theme… and who doesn’t love a superhero costume for Halloween!? I wanted something with a cape… and something that would still be work appropriate :)    I used McCall’s M6754, view D. I cut the XS this time since last time I cut the S and had to take it in. Plus my fabric this time was super stretchy. It fits perfectly! I lengthened the sleeves a few inches and added a banded neckline (with the same technique as that used on the Greenwood Tank). I could/should have done sleeve bands too, but I’m too lazy for that now. I left the bottom hem unfinished as well – I didn’t want to lose any length from the skirt. For the cape, I used a similar technique as the binding, one end was just very long and I didn’t top stitch :) It actually worked really nicely because there are no exposed edges. Below is a poorly-executed line …

3-Day Countdown to a Frozen Halloween!

Eeek… where has October gone?! So my big costume plans have dwindled into minimal get-it-done plans… but they are coming along nonetheless… just one more full costume to go and a few finishing touches on the rest. Sometimes I work best under pressure. Or at least that’s what I tell myself to feel better about my procrastination! :) That and I keep having to remind myself this is not cosplay… it’s just Halloween :) Here are a few progress shots… Here’s my finished Anna skirt. Original plan included embroidery like the top… but there’s no time for that now. Plus I figure it’ll make it that much easier to convert this into an everyday skirt after Halloween that I may actually wear :) Olaf’s hat! Almost complete… I forgot the twigs coming out of the top – may need to add those. Elsa! Original plan included a much more detailed top and separate skirt… in the interest of time, I turned it into a simple dress instead. After having my sis try it on the other …