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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Little Chef on: November 02, 2008 06:32:47 PM
This is my first post here on Craftster so bear with me!

This year, I was at a loss for what to dress my 15 month old, Matthew, up as. His big brother went back and forth about what he wanted to be, but was leaning towards Star Wars. I though, great, I'll get a little Yoda costume for the baby and be done with it. But no, 2 weeks before Halloween, big brother picks a Werewolf costume.
So, I dig through my stash fabric for inspiration. I find some very nice white stretch twill, meant to be pants but never go around to it. That same day, the baby was in the kitchen with me playing with pots and pans. I thought, hey, maybe I could do a little chef costume! I dug up an old Mccalls boys button down shirt pattern and set about trying to modify it. I extended each front side panel out about 4 inches, added a stand collar, sewed on some big white buttons and voila, chef jacket! I also had a small amount of navy and cream check fabric, just enough for the pants. The hat was a pattern I found online. The jacket and hat are closed with Velcro since I didn't want to deal with trying to button eight buttons on a kid who can't stand still for more than a few seconds. Lastly, we threw on his red Chucks and he was good to go! Excuse the orange number tag, that is from the costume contest he was in. He won Cutest!

Eating a Kit Kat

The Mustache was DH's idea, and it totally made the costume!

Eating the props

Thanks for looking!

Edited to add the best part: Total cost, about 2 bucks for buttons and velcro.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Looking for Pattern: Kids Mechanic Coveralls on: September 21, 2005 11:24:02 AM
My best friend's husband is a total motorhead, and their 2 year old loves to watch him work on cars. I would love to make her a mini pair of coveralls, like mechanics wear, with a front zip, long or 3/4 length sleeves. I will probably embellish with ruffles at the pant hems, etc. I have searched for a pattern, but can't find one. I even tried looking under costumes. Nada.

Any suggestions? I did find a Butterick pattern (4337) for zip up jumpsuit jammies (with or without feet) that I might be able to modify but: A: I want a collar and B: knits only. I want to use lightweight denim or twill.

Any help would be appreciated.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Another Diane Von Furstenberg on: September 16, 2005 07:28:20 AM
First Post- Woo hoo!

I've been lurking for a while now, and I am in love with this site. You all have inspired me to start sewing again, and to expand my skills with crocheting. I hope to post some pics soon of completed projects.

So- back on topic. I have seen a number of posts for patterns look a likes for the Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress. I saw this dress in Star magazine (at a friend's house, don't judge me!) and I would love to make something similar for a Christening I am the godmother in.


Does anyone know of anything similar? I don't want as large of a band on the hem or at the waistband, but I do want the bell sleeves (or a 3/4 sleeve) and the detailing on the V neck and at the empire waist. I am hoping to do a deep brown with an burnt orange or brick red pattern trim.

Also, what fabric do you think this is? I was thinking matte jersey, which I can get for a great price at Hancocks, in the exact brown I want.

Thanks in advance, and thanks also for all the great inspiration.

PS I am new to "linking", so please excuse or advise if I did it incorrectly.

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