Emma has enjoyed studying various versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story with her wonderful first grade teacher, and she has been telling me for weeks that she wants a Little Red Riding Hood costume for Halloween this year! We made her riding hood out of fleece (it’s cold at Halloween in Massachusetts!) using this free robe dress pattern and tutorial from the always-wonderful Lier at ikat bag – one of my all-time favorite bloggers! I added triangle panels into the skirt to make it nicely twirl-able (like Emma’s winter toddler dress from four years ago when I was a brand-new blogger), and changed the sleeve pattern so that, instead of tapering in they open out at the ends for a more dramatic look. I also put the hood on incorrectly (LiEr, don’t look too closely if you see this post!). I didn’t have time to change it because I cut everything out Friday night and sewed it up Saturday morning, finishing up about ten minutes AFTER we were supposed to leave for a Halloween party! All this time I’d been thinking that I had until Wednesday to make it, and so I was happily procrastinating by making baby doll carriers. Then Friday night I realized that all the other kids would be dressed up for Saturday’s party. Oops! I was going to fix the hood after the party, when I hemmed the sleeve ends and the skirt edge, but Emma is perfectly fine with it the way it is and doesn’t want me to touch it, so it gets to stay.
This costume was an instant hit with Emma, and I especially love that it will double as a play outfit for these increasingly cold autumn days!
How was your week? Are you making Halloween costumes for your kids this year?