This was our first year of all DIY Halloween costumes – but probably not our last! I want costumes that are cute and comfortable, and that is hard to find (at least affordably) with commercial outfits! I knew I wanted to make these butterfly costumes for my girls as soon as I saw them on ikat bag – one of my all-time favorite blogs – and, luckily, my girls agreed!
DIY Butterfly Costumes
LiEr’s blog post includes a tutorial with pattern pieces, making this project very approachable. The costume is basically a shrug with a hood (including antennae) and wings. It is the only butterfly tutorial I have ever seen where you aren’t worrying about keeping wings in place, or wings poking another child in the eye, or having to wear an elastic around your wrist. Very clever!!!
I made a few sizing adjustments (our kids’ sizes don’t match up exactly), and we were set! The seam at the top of Emma’s Monarch butterfly inspired wings was supposed to be on the inside but I thought it looked cool this way (and removing stitches from fleece is a pain). I built some extra give into Emma’s sleeves, and I think it makes the wings drape more nicely, but the snugger fit of Lily and Anna’s wings might be more practical for small children.
If you have children who don’t like to dress warmly even when they should, and/or have sensory issues, this costume is perfect! All three of my girls love their costumes, and I am sure they will get a lot of wear long after Halloween is over.