Added Oct 18, 2011
My three year old niece requested a, “nice pumpkin, not a scary pumpkin, but with big teeth and fangs,” for her Halloween costume this year along with a, “Aunt Laura, will you make if for me PLEEEEEAAAAASSSSEEE.” Which was followed by, “Penny (the baby sister) wants to be a pumpkin just like me!” So I set out to make what I term as “two vampire pumpkins that don’t want to hurt anybody” costumes.
It’s made so that the shirt and leggings underneath can be worn afterwards as real clothing, and tailored towards our not-very-cold Georgia Halloweens. This is a five pattern outfit. The leggings are Jalie, the shirt is New Look, the hat is vintage 70s Butterick, the shoe covers are Simplicity Wizard of Oz, and the pumpkin is modern Simplicity. The baby costume was only three patterns. I sized the pumpkin and hat down for the baby. Technically, the pattern should have fit, being a 1/2, but it was two inches too big for her. Her onesie and leggings are a modern Butterick pattern that I tweaked. The pants were originally overalls, but I cut off most of them and added a waistband.
Everything had to be lengthened, because the girls are both taller than average, and I learned a neat trick for hemming knits—using a double needle. I lined some alligator clips to clip the headband to the three-year-old’s hair because it wants to slide out. It stays much better on the baby’s head!
All of the green is a lycra/spandex, the orange and black are poly/cotton broadcloth, and the inner linings are fleece. The hats also have a layer of heavy-duty pellon, fleece, and batting and are held on by crochet headbands that are sewn to the hats.
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