My 2 and 4 year olds want to be little nights/princes for Haloween. I would like to make them costumes that can be easily used for dress up play. Has anyone sewn costumes before? Any suggestions for patterns?
I'm not sure about a helmet/head covering but for the knight, I'd make a cape, a pair of elastic waist pants (pajama patterns are nice), and this, out of fun metallic fabric to simulate a plate of armor. I know the pattern is for a dress but it's such a versatile piece that children can get on and off with little help and the pattern is for a great range of sizes. My daughter was a pink cat for Halloween last year and I found some fantastic pink fur and that was the top of her costume, along with pants with a tail sewn in, and a headband covered in the fabric with ears on top. Done. Heck, I'd even consider lengthening the pattern and making a princess something or other out of it and pairing it with wide legged pants out of the same flowing material.
(I also like it because I can stick the appropriate length sleeves under it in a matching color.)
This is the one I used for Dylan's knight costume: http://www.simplicity.com/p-2247-costumes.aspx I made the hood twice. The first time out of glue on sequin fabric and the 2nd hood out of quilted teflon coated fabric. He wore the 2nd hood under the cardboard helmet he made.
Chris--extended breastfeeding, cloth diapering, babywearing, co-sleeping, APing, CLW, homeschooling before any of this was a trend mom to Joy (1/78), Erica (8/80), Angela (9/84), Dylan (2/98)