So this week’s project is not a knitting project – but a sewing one. It starts with Jesse being Jesse.
We determined what they wanted to be for Halloween this year at a trip to a fabric store following one of Markus’s football games. While showing them a great tiger print I had found, thinking of Vash, Jesse found the leopard print and decided that was what he wanted to be this year. Now, the leopard is a traditional costume in our family. I was a leopard – and that same costurme was handed down and worn by all of my brothers, my sisters, my son and I think even my nephew Aysa. It has since been retired, so a new costume was going to be needed.
While I can make clothes without patterns per se, I am under a bit of a time crunch at the moment to get three costumes produced during a very hectic month, so I picked up some patterns for my basic parts and went from there. We used parts of these two patterns in making our leopard
I did not want the big zipper going down the front that the costume pattern had and preferred to have a 2 piece costume so he could at least use the bottoms for PJs later, so I picked up the pajama pattern too. I will use the pajama pants for part of Vash’s costume later.
I altered the top of the pajama pattern to basically turn it into a body suit that attached between the legs using velcro to give the costume a more one-piece look. (I can cut off the extensions later and hem the bottom for a PJ top.). I also changed the pattern from a one piece back section to one with a seam down the middle so I could create the opening that his head went through (the pattern was made assuming a stretchy knit material which we were not using) and insert the tail into the top rather than the pants. I just used a bias tape for the neckline to give me the long tie in the back. I also had to alter the ears on the cap as they looked more like floppy donkey ears than leopard ears. I added some stuffing and shortened them to get a better leopard ear.
Jesse learned a few skills on this – like how to thread elastic through a casing.
He held the end in his teeth so it didn’t pull through.
He and Vash also stuffed the tail with all those cotton balls Aunt Shel saves from the tops of their vitamin bottles. They were just tickled that I pulled those out for the tail.
So as of yesterday, we no longer had plain old Jesse – we had Leopard Jesse!!
Jess is very very happy with how it turned out. I am very very happy that one costume is done – and only two more to go. Hopefully Vash’s will be ready for next week’s project report. In the meantime I will keep the leopard costume hidden from Jess – he gets into character a little too easy.
Happy October to you all.