Saturday, October 31, 2009

Handmade Halloween

I love handmade Halloween costumes. I am extremely biased and am notorious for giving extra candy to the kids who are unique or original. For the past 2 years my son has chosen store costumes for Halloween, and it broke my heart. But, I allow him the freedom to make his own choice for this holiday, and I don't argue about it (much). So, when he saw a picture on a pattern envelope at the store a few months ago and insisted he must have an outfit like it, I was THRILLED! Obviously, I tailored the pattern to our unique specifications, thereby creating HELL BAT - HERO OF THE NIGHT!
I made everything he is wearing with the exception of the gloves. I wish I had thought ahead and crafted the wings to be detachable since they are made from felt and not really machine washable. The fleece bodysuit and hood kept my midget warm and toasty on a frigid Halloween night, although the mask only made it a few houses before being removed. I may reuse the hood pattern for some winter hats. It's super cozy, and even fits me!! The hood would have been more snug if I had used a fleece lining, but I opted for the cotton flame contrast instead.
Needless to say, he was the only Hell Bat on the block and NOBODY suspected it was handmade! *pulls muscle patting self on back*
I am really proud of my bear for having an amazing imagination and for trusting his mom to make his vision come true. :)

I hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween!


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