So, ’round these parts the lead up to Halloween is usually way more exciting that, you know, the actual thing. No exception this year. I just get so into the planning and the making of the costumes that, when it comes time to wear them, I’m always like, “oh, right. I spent 56 hours on these costumes just so the kids could do a 20 minute lap around the neighborhood in them and then put on their jammies and go to bed. huh.”
But. whatever. I still love it.
I started asking Owen back in August what he wanted to be. I got a rage of answers, from “nothing, I don’t want a costume, I just want to be ‘people,'” to “a birthday cake.” So. I suggested maybe he would want to dress up as Corduroy, the bear from the children’s story who wears the green overalls and loses a button (and who gains a pocket in the sequel; you’ll see that I ended up conflating the two stories. Don Freeman please forgive me!). Anyway, he agreed, and I was excited because I thought it would be pretty adorable (spoiler: it was!). I waited a good month or so to make sure he didn’t dramatically change his mind, then went searching for a good overalls pattern. Turns out, I had trouble finding exactly what I wanted and had to turn to e-bay for a “vintage” pattern. 1986 is vintage, you guys, and I AM SO OLD.
So, here’s the final result:
The pattern is “vintage” (can’t remember the manufacturer or number right now) and I used Robert Kaufmann Corduroy in Grass. I used a suuuper adorable knit that actually has Corduroy his-own-self printed on it for lining the bib and the cuffs. I knew this fabric existed becuase I actually have a diaper for Rory that’s made out of it. But when it came time to purchase some yardage (because I NEEEEDED it, it is so perfect and I couldn’t live without it!), damn if I couldn’t find it anywhere. After some serious stalking, I tracked down some from an Etsy seller (who, you know, wasn’t actually planning on selling the fabric, but I convinced her to. WINNING!). There’s a little purple pocket from my stash and a single yellow button (because the other one is missing!).
I also used the costume as a good oppotunity to use up some of the yarn that is drowning me alive. For the first time ever, he agreed to wear a hat as part of his costume.
Rory, on the other hand, is in my favorite stage for Halloweening — the stage when he has no say whatsoever over what ridiculous outfit I dress him up in — was a lion. Because I am beating the word play of “Rory / Roaring” to absolute death. So, my very scary lion:
The little sweatsuit is “tye-died” fleece from JoAnn’s and I used some fake fur that I bought from Fabric.com for the chest (and the tip of the tail, which you can only kinda see in the picture). I bought a full yard of this. Because I am not good at math. So, I’m thinking next year’s costume will involve some fake fur also.
The hat is totally my favorite part! I undid all my good work using up stash yarn on Owen’s hat becuase I went out and bought three skeins to get all the colors right for this one. But it’s so cute, right?!?