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Children's Octopus Costume 01/2011 #146



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Children’s octopus costume sewing pattern available for download. Available in various sizes.

This costume is the life of the party! Swim the sea in this quirky costume complete with matching trousers.

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Amount of Fabrics

width: 145 cm (57 in)
length: 3.20 – 3.30 – 3.50 – 3.60 – 3.80 m
(3 1/2 – 3 5/8 – 3 7/8 – 4 – 4 1/4 yds).

width: 140 cm (55 in)
length: 0.65 m (7/8 yd).

Fusible batting Vilene/Pellon H 640, 90 cm (36 ins) wide­ and 4.20 m (4 5/8 yds) long.

Filling material.

Elastic, 2 cm (3/4 in) wide and 0.60 m (3/4 yd) long.

Small pieces of felt in black and white. About 400 round self-adhesive felt dots (building supplies).

Textile glue.

Seam Allowance

This pattern doesn't include seam allowance

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    Oct 5, 2015, 08.20 AMby jivesalmon

    I did find it odd that there are only 7 tentacles instead of 8. I think it was done for distribution. The tentacles are a good size and I don’t think 8 would have worked around the body as well as 7. I thought about adding an 8th, but ended up not doing it since it would have been too crowded on the body (and I also don’t love hand sewing). :-)

    I ended up not including the seam allowance on the batting and I think it was a mistake. The fusible fleece did not fuse well and it took me 2 or 3 attempts before I got it to fuse adequately. I’d recommend cutting the batting with the seam allowance for sure. That way the batting will be trapped by the seam and held in place. Dealing with bulky seams would be worth it.

    Even though the arms are not all attached, my nephew has tried on the costume a couple of times. It is tempting to really stuff the top of the head, but try not to! It fits him and is more comfortable when it conforms to the top of his head rather than just resting on top of it.

    The body is also a bit shorter than I expected. I would add an inch or 2 to the length so it isn’t so short when worn.

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    Sep 18, 2015, 10.04 PMby Yvonne Foy

    I need someone to help me understand something about this pattern. An octopus has eight tentacles, correct? The pattern only has 7. If you considered the pants/legs then that is 2 so now you have 9. Just curious and looking for insight to clear my mind and decide whether to make an extra tentacle or reduce by one or if the pattern is correct then I can be fine and move forward.

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    Sep 12, 2015, 04.29 AMby jivesalmon

    Before I cut everything out, I want to make sure I understand the pattern…when I cut out the fusible batting, am I adding seam allowance or cutting it to the size of the pattern (w/o seam allowance)?

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      Sep 19, 2015, 12.35 PMby Yvonne Foy

      I have decided to cut everything with an allowance. My thought on the batting is that if the adhesive gives then at least the seam will hold. I am not using the batting. I chose to use headliner and stiff interfacing to try and hold the body up better. I am hoping it will not be as hot as the batting would be. Do you find it odd that there is only seven tentacles? I think I am going to add one because I may not o the pants. Please let me know if you figured it out and if you have done the project. I am working on mine now.

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