Both our children have incredibly strong opinions about how outfits should look. Especially costumes.
Most especially Halloween costumes.
With her older sister’s costume all finished, I could tackle the vision of my 8 year old. She came to me with the idea of being a Veterinarian. I googled some images, and she soundly rejected all of them because none matched the picture in her head. So I asked her to draw me one.
What she drew was a vintage nurse costume with animals on her. When I said this, she insisted that it was a vet.
Who am I to argue? OK it is a vet.
I started with the Ethan shirt pattern by Sis Boom (like the one I flipped here). I flipped it again, in a very similar way, only this time I added belt loops and a belt, and of course, made it all white. Part of her drawing had a patch pocket on the skirt portion of the dress with a red cross on it. So I added that, along with a smaller pocket to the bodice with a snap.
The hat was tricky. I looked for tutorials online and came up short. I didn’t find any! I did stumble upon a Pinterest image (sorry I didn’t actually pin it) that had a photo of the hat before it was assembled. I mimicked the shape on a piece of 8.5″x11 white paper, and played around with it until it came together as a hat. Then I constructed one out of fleece batting and added a felt red cross to it.
This is what I came up with. Feel free to use it.
The rat on the hat (teehee that rhymes) was a pattern I used from the book Fleece Hat Friends: 25+ Easy-to-sew projects by Mary Rasch . I changed the ears so it looked more like a rat instead of a mouse (because my Falafel has pet rats and loves them so). I then sewed it onto the top of the hat.
I do plan to make more animals with velcro straps so that she can wear them perched on her arm and wrist, but I haven’t found a good way to do that yet. The one I tried was so top heavy that it just flopped to one side when she strapped it to her wrist.
She plans on putting animals in her pockets too.
I used a white flat bed sheet to make this dress which made it extra difficult to tell the front from the back when I was putting it together.
It is funny, but all I can think of is Nurse Ratched. Ha!
But she is far from that, my sweet little vet.
I have a bit more work to do making the animals, and she has also requested a trick-or-treat bag to match, with a red cross on it. But I am thinking we are off to a good start.
What are YOU working on?