As the mama of the worlds cutest kiddo and a compulsive sewer it’s just natural that I look forward to Halloween all year long, but, I use to hate it (and in a way still do). Creepy masks and costumes give me anxiety, everything blood and guts freaks me out, and I’m definitely not a scary movie/ghost story/supernatural/zombie fan. That being said, a toddler in a costume is one of the most entertaining things you’ll ever experience. Period.
Last year for her first Halloween Marian was a zebra and I knew it would be hard to beat. I scoured the internet for new and vintage patterns, passed on more than a few because they either weren’t up to par on the cuteness scale, were way too commercial (I like her to remain a bit timeless at such a young age), looked too easy (or too complicated), or just didn’t seem age appropriate (a 1 1/2 year old as Cleopatra? Maybe not yet.). I was tempted by the millions of different costumes that involved dresses like Snow White and one from the 50’s for a little Dutch girl but with Marian’s current obsession with all things “pretty necklace” I have a feeling she’ll start to pick those on her own soon enough. With that in mind went in a completely different direction and ended up purchasing the Simplicity 4024 pattern for Wizard of Oz characters.
I decided on the scarecrow because my Mom made me a scarecrow costume when I was a kid and I designed a stuffed crow pattern about a year ago so it seemed like the natural choice. I went with flannel pants, shirt, and hood, and a felt hat which was pretty much by the book except the patches on my pants are vintage patterns (as opposed to solid green) and have hand stitching for that exaggerated patchwork look. I also used a zipper on the back of the shirt instead of the suggested (gasp!) Velcro.
The finished outfit fit great and I didn’t do anything to change the given pattern (such as lengthening, etc) but the pants were oddly short waisted and the hood has a ton of excess bulk in the back.
As far as the instructions are concerned, it wasn’t hard per se, but it wasn’t a snap either. Luckily I already know how to make clothes because there were a few spots where I read the instructions and was like, “uhhhh…. what’s that?” I feel like I always have that problem with these patterns though. The instructions are cryptic and overly vague with tiny confusing illustrations and ample use of the term, “refer back to step…” which then sends you to some other tissue paper page thats already been painstakingly folded up and stuffed back in the envelope. In any event, if you’ve made simple pants and shirts before then you’ll have no problem. I also made the seams insanely complicated for no reason. There was no seam finishing in the instructions (which is probably fine seeing as a costume has to last, what? 3 hours?) so for some odd reason instead of using my serger which was less than 2 feet from me I did some crazy double top stitched seams that will keep that costume together for centuries.
Enough about that though, you’re just here to see my tiny scarecrow, right? Well, here she is in all her crow scaring glory! Feel free to let me know what you picked for your little ones in the comments below. After all, the years fly by quicker and quicker and we’ll need to pick a new costume before you know it!
Enjoy and Happy Halloween!