Added Jun 4, 2013
This was made for my sister for her athletics carnival at school. The theme for her school house was ‘red’ so I suggested Mickey Mouse, which is incidentally one of her childhood nicknames.
I made the shorts and ears, so it was an extremely simple project but super fun to make – especially the shorts, cos I was a wee bit tipsy at the time (terrible, I know).
I drafted the ear shapes from a tin of salmon since I didn’t have a compass on hand! Fortunately, the size suited my sister’s taste, though, if it was up to me I would’ve made the ears A LOT larger.
1. I cut two pieces per ear and sewed them wrong sides together so that they were sturdy and stood up nicely. There was a flap on the bottom portion of each circle so that I could handstitch them together around the headband. They were then glued for extra stability.
2. I wrapped a long strip of black felt around the headband and around the ears and glued it in place.
I attempted to draft the shorts from an existing pair of boxer shorts but they failed MISERABLY. As I started these shorts the night before the event I was panicking a bit! Fortunately, I was able to use a Collette Pattern which worked perfectly! Funnily enough the shorts ended up being quite large, especially on the sides and leg holes. I suspect this was because I omitted the leg hole elastic. To finish the shorts off I sewed to lovely round white buttons of the front :)
You can probably guess that my sister simply wore a long sleeve black shirt and black leggings with a pair of mustard flats.
Oh, and a nice little circle on her nose with black eyeliner! (which was put on after this picture was taken, alas!)
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