Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. I love dressing up and getting my kids dressed up and begging for candy. I’ve always made our costumes, but since learning how to sew, things have gotten much more epic. Aurelia and Obren’s main costumes this year are the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit, respectively and can be seen here. Well, she has a school parade and gets to wear a costume to school. Here’s the deal; I don’t want her messing up her pretty dress. She’s crazy. She is so crazy wild that I’ve already had to replace her new shirts that I bought at the beginning of the school year at the end of August. She only goes to school 4 days a week and only 2 hours a day, so it takes some massive skill to ruin things that quickly. I needed her to be able to be involved in the festivities, while still being in a costume that would allow her to be a crazy kid. This is what I came up with:
She’s a Strawberry! Thank baby Jesus that My Little Plumcake released this awesome pattern just in time. It’s called the Cordelia Sweetheart Peplum Top. It comes in sizes 12 months through size 8 (including an 18 month size). The moment I saw it, I was inspired. This pattern is a sleeveless sweetheart top with a gathered peplum bottom and a scalloped peter pan collar. The closure on the back is a sweet little keyhole with a ribbon loop and a button. The bodice is lined and instructions for lace overlay are given to add a little femininity to the design. Of course you don’t HAVE to use lace, but I think it’s very lovely. The collar is an option and looks just as fabulous without!
I would rate this pattern for a confident beginner. It takes a few hours to put together and there is a bit of hand sewing. Also you will be sewing bias binding, which is not hard at all and you’re given the steps you’ll need to pull it all together. Take your time and it will come out beautifully. The designer walks you through everything from materials, to piecing and cutting your pattern, to sewing it all up. And if you have questions, she’s just an e-mail away or you can join The My Little Plumcake Pattern Group on FaceBook.
I was going to do a tutorial for the hat I made, but my son slept a grand total of 3 hours last night and refused his nap this afternoon. Suffice it to say that I’m miserable and not in the mood to teach you anything today. Consider this “movie day” in class. I’m rolling out the TV cart and falling asleep at my desk. I will definitely try to get this up ASAP as you never know when you’ll need a strawberry hat! But for now, you must try to forgive me and my horrid son.