Call me crazy but there's just something about a homemade Halloween costume that makes the holiday special. I grew up on homemade costumes so I have an affinity for them and refuse to settle for anything less. So when I was perusing the aisles of JoAnn's and spotted these little cuties I thought why not make my daughter, the little stinker that she is, a little skunk!
I've never used a McCall's pattern before so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I grabbed the pattern and headed to the fabric department to get everything I needed to complete it. Looking at the back it outlines all the fabric you'll need and the amounts based on which animal you want and what size you need (FYI "1/2" is size 6 months, 1 is 12 months, and so on). Since my daughter is almost 14 months I used the size 1 measurements for determining my fabric amounts. I took my pattern and my fabric and headed home excited about my new endeavor.
First thing I noticed when I opened the pattern was that the pattern pieces are printed on tissue paper, very delicate tissue paper. I carefully proceeded to cut out each piece despite the fact the directions were a bit unclear. After cutting out a number of the pattern pieces I notice that everything has the number 3 on it. Then it dawns on me...I bought a size 3 pattern instead of size 1! Ugh!
Frustrated by the fact that I just spent $10 on this pattern and a 30 minute round trip road trip to get it I decided to proceed making adjustment to size it down. FAIL I sized it too small.
So I grab my 50% off coupon on head back to JoAnn's to repurchase the pattern in the RIGHT size.
In my first attempt at creating the costume I learned some very valuable things about McCall patterns. The first being that it only provides you with one size per pattern (most offer all sizes in one) and that they DO NOT list all the needed materials on the back. Once I opened it and started constructing the costume I realized that I was supposed to have a zipper, bias tape, foam, Velcro, and elastic.
Thanks for the heads up there!
Lucky for me I happened to have most of that stuff laying around or could use a substitute. So I pressed on. Here's where I got ahead of myself...since I spend a lot of time making my own patterns I feel I know a thing or two about what is necessary and what isn't. Instead of reading some directions thoroughly I sort of breezed over them and ended up forgetting some steps. Fortunately, however, I was able to come up with my own way of fixing those mistakes. Oh and did I mention that the pattern has about a million (ok maybe a bit of an exaggeration) place where they want you to hand stitch! I HATE hand stitching...yuck.
All in all the costume turned out cute...not exactly as pictured with the big fluffy belly and large tuft of hair on top but cute and of course my little stinker looks adorable in it. But I can't say I feel like it was worth all that hard work and frustration particularly because I saw pretty much the exact same costume for sale at a local consignment store for $6!
BUT that would go against my "beliefs" so I tell myself ;)
Hope you have better luck with your Halloween projects!
Photos of the little stinker to come...what did you think I was going to reveal before Halloween?!?