September 25, 2009

Metamorphosis


This post is actually going to make me a bit of a hypocrite. I had decided to stop posting personal information, because it is a blog dedicated to creative home decorating.
However, this is a post dedicated to creatively decorating..... my child :)
And I just can't help but sharing with you this fun costume I made last year, and the costume I have in the works for this year.

I have said in the past I am not a huge Halloween fan, but there is something so adorably cute about tiny people in costume. That is sweet costumes, we don't do scary around here.
She looked like the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland with a bit of a Rastafarian twist.

I sketched out what I wanted. Bought inexpensive felt ($2 / yard), and a giant box of poly fill.
I worked with newspaper on a ball to see the most efficient way to create it. I tried several different ways, but in the end, each "ball" is made of six pieces sewn together. It was the easiest way I could find to make it. (3 yellow, three green)
(I am sure that all of you sewing afficionados and engineers have a much better solution for this.....)
The little faux feet were sewn in between.
Purple rick rack was double layered over the yellow seams.
The bodice was constructed in a similar fashion, but I lined the interior with yellow felt so she could get in it and the fiberfill would stay encased. When I went to try it on her, it was too tight, so I had to make side panels with zippers .
The antennae were made from hangers from the dry cleaners (the cardboard tube type they put pants on). I used the metal parts that attach to the cardboard tube, and put them inside the head piece. I covered the tubes with felt and made a ball (just like I did for the body). The antennae easily came on or off.


I bought purple pants and a shirt, and made matching "faux" feet out of purple felt with green and yellow rick rack. But, in the end, she refused to wear the feet, and it was SO hot last year, that the majority of time she spent without the purple top or bottoms either.

So, it is only appropriate that this year she has matured enough to be this:

From one of our favorite books, Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
I can't wait to get started on it!
Go check out more fun at Between Naps on The Porch.

19 comments:

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

OMG! This is so, so cute. And I love a bit of personal info in blogger's blogs. It makes you human. She is precious and that costume is amazing. Cannot wait to see her metamorphosis!

Lisa said...

oMG you made that. That is the best costume i've ever seen. And how appropriate she become the butterfly. You have to share that costume with us!!

Jen R. said...

OMG.. I LOVE that.,.. it is toooo cute!

Love the Decor! said...

Too cute!! and very creative too!!

duchess said...

So adorable. Great job! Can't wait to see this year's creation.

Tara said...

That is so cute. Eric Carle is one of my favorite authors of all time.
I am like you, I love the cute costumes, but nothing scary!
Excited about this years creation. Oh, I love your new header.

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Awwww! Too adorable!

AnneYarbs79 said...

Lets see if we can get them to BEHAVE this year at the traditional photo shoot! Don't they know we SLAVE over these things?? Where's the respect??? ;0)

Leah@Storybook Ranch said...

what a flawless costume! and adorable caterpillar! :)

santamaker said...

Wow, that is one of the cutest costumes ever! What a great job you did and for this year....that should be fantastic!

Jenglamgirl said...

SHUT UP OMG, that is the cutest stinken thing I have ever seen! LOVE IT! lurvvvvve it!

Sandy said...

So adorable. What a wonderful costume
Sandy

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

What a charming costume!!! I miss getting to dress the kiddos up-

blessings
mary

Miss Madison's Mommy said...

Darling! I wish my daughter could stand so she could wear it! Next year!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

That is totally cute!! Great job!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

What a fabulous costume!!! My son (who is now 26) loved insects when he was young. One year I made him a dragonfly & another he was a praying mantis. But my costumes weren't as cute as yours. Bravo!!! Can't wait to see the butterfly costume.
Kim

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Absolutely adorable! So creative..

HouseMama said...

Oh I love it!!! That is the cutest costume. I love the fact that it's not a scary one too.

Stephanie @ and noah makes five said...

O.M.G. this is the cutest most creative costume I've seen. I LOVE it! Was it hard to make? I love costumes that are unique and kid friendly. Fabulous job!