I was so excited to sew C’s Halloween costume this year, and a million ideas were floating around in my noggin (including my favorite idea of dressing us all as characters from Orange is the New Black, mostly so Husband could make the most awesome George ‘Pornstache’ Mendez, but we realized that other people might not find that so appropriate for a toddler…). Anyway, when thinking about the Storybook theme of this Kid’s Clothes Week, I knew I wanted to make a dinosaur sweatshirt for C because we are very into some dino books these days (my favorite is Dinosaur Roar; I also like Dinosaurumpus and the How Do Dinosaurs…? series) and C does the MOST ADORABLE, raspy, dramatic, “roooawr” sound when you ask her what the dinosaur says. Oh my. Eventually the idea evolved into a full Halloween costume, and it was settled.
I started with a huge green sweatshirt and yellow jersey t-shirt found in the men’s section at Goodwill. I was just able to squeeze most my pattern pieces for the top and pants into the chopped up green sweatshirt but didn’t have quite enough space, so I made the front of the shirt from two layers of the yellow jersey. For the dino sweatshirt I used the Recess Raglan pattern in size 3T. I drafted the hood and lined it with the same yellow jersey. Both the sweatshirt fleece and jersey were decent quality and thickness so it sewed up really nicely. For the spikes down the back I used cheap felt (not wool) from JoAnn. The hood shape ended up kinda wonky with the felt spikes, but oh well, it’s a dinosaur head, you know?
For the pants I used Dana’s Basic Pant tutorial and pattern. I stuck with the pattern she provides, which I think is approximately a 3T. I did add some extra space in the bum area, but unfortunately they still ended up so slender that I can only (barely) fit them on C with a disposable diaper. I think I must have messed up the scale settings while printing the pattern? They also sewed up really easily, and I definitely want to give these another go for some winter sweats.
And for my favorite (and C’s least favorite, boo!) part–the dino tail–I followed this free tutorial pretty closely. I used some inexpensive quilting-weight cotton for the green and the same cheap felt for the spikes. Sadly C will only wear it for a minute or so while watching herself in the mirror, and then she’s over it. Hopefully I can bribe her with a special treat to wear it for photos on Halloween!
I also decided to add a dinosaur tee to the ensemble so that C could wear it to daycare. I used some scraps of white jersey and remaining pieces of the yellow jersey tee to sew another Recess Raglan, again in 3T. I happened to have yellow ribbing from the clearance bin at JoAnn that matched well so I used that for the collar and wrist cuffs. I was so pleased with how this shirt turned out. I had some big sewing-with-knit mishaps and fails over the summer and had been feeling a little wary of testing the waters again, but the last few things I’ve sewn with knits have turned out much better. Anyway, I liked this shirt so much I almost wanted to keep it unadorned and neutral, but really, what fun would that be? So I freezer-paper-stenciled a little stegosaurus friend, and I can’t tell you how much it tickles me to imagine a stegosaurus saying “roar” :-)
Happy (early) Halloween to all you other handmade-costume makers out there!