middle end of January is obviously the very best time to share a Halloween costume, right? The truth is, with all the school cancellations we’ve been having, I haven’t had much time for sewing. I really can’t complain though because the kids have been doing awesome playing together. It’s a nice perk of having so very many little kids – built-in playmates, and I would be free to sew like woah if it weren’t for a certain 11 month old boy.
Matthias asked for a “dragon costume” for Halloween last fall, and even though I reeeeallly do not like sewing costumes, I somehow ended up sewing 4 of them last year. (what?! Darn children, and their sweet enthusiasm. How do I say no to them?!) This Fleece (and interlock lined) jacket, based on Kitschy Coo’s “Zippy Hoodie” pattern, was the most fun of them for me to make. (disclosure: I received this pattern as contributing designer in the last Sew Fab pattern bundle sale.)
I commend Amanda on her fabulous directions. It was no small feat to explain how to line a jacket like this one, and yet she managed it. With the contortion of the sleeves, it looks like it isn’t possibly going to work, but then.. like magic it does. crazy! It really is an education in clothing construction.
Adding the spikes was a simple mater of adding a seam to the center back, and inserting the spikes in the seams, but I also had the crazy idea of making the wings that hide away in the sleeves.
To do that, I added zippers into the arm seams.
Matthias chose the color of his wings and I sewed them out of two layers of interlock, and attached them inside the sleeves against the zipper.
To put them away, the wings tuck inside the opening between the exterior and the lining and the zipper shut.
Matthias, aka Dragon Boy, wears this costume for nearly every imaginary play game these days. So, despite my protestations about costume sewing, I can call this one well worth the effort.
Do you sew kids costumes? What costume is the favorite in your home?