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Beckett’s Costume – Phase 3

Phase 3 is the accessories. Beckett was sick Friday night and Saturday morning, so I was in a rush to finish everything in between him needing mommy cuddles to feel better. I didn’t get as many step by step pictures, but really, they are just a bib and a baby hat. If you are trying to make a similar costume, there are a million different hat and bib tutorials out there by people better at writing tutorials than me.

I agonized the whole time  over how to make a hat like Mr. Stay Puft’s. I finally decided to make it easy on myself and do a simple baby hat inspired by the original. Honestly I think it looks a little wonky, so you may want to find a different way to do it. Here’s how I did Beckett’s, though.

I measured Beckett’s head (18 inches) and divided the measurement by three (6 inches). Then I traced one of Finn’s knit caps on a sheet of paper. I centered six inches on the bottom line and slimmed down Finn’s hat pattern to make my pattern piece. That probably makes no sense to anyone but me. The pattern piece is on the right side of the photo, so maybe seeing it will help.

I cut three pieces from the leftover sleeve pieces using the pattern and surged them to make the hat.

I cut a strip of navy fleece to make a band/cuff for the hat. Before sewing it to the hat, I used iron on letters to write “Stay Puft”. Then I sewed it into a circle and attached it to the hat. I sewed red ribbon to the top and tacked it so it falls properly.

 

The bib is based on a pattern I made from one of Beckett’s bibs. I squared off the bottom similar to Mr. Stay Puft’s collar. I used some random navy fabric from my stash, white ribbon for the trim, Velcro for the closure and the same red ribbon I used on the hat for the tie.

Rather than make the tie s separate piece, I knotted it and stitched it to the back of the bib.

Tomorrow I’ll take a picture of the whole outfit on my little marshmallow. For now, I’ll leave you with this:

Phase 1, Phase 2.1, Phase 2.2, Phase 2.3

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Beckett’s Costume – Phase 2.3

FYI, snap tape is a pain to work with. It seemed like it would be simple to just sew it in, but I had a really hard time staying on the edge without hitting the snaps. I tried using a zipper foot as recommended, but ended up going back to my regular (zig-zag?) foot and raising it around the snaps.

Gratuitous Beckett pic.

 

This picture shows my crooked stitching and that the snaps face the inside of the jumper.

Before sewing in the other strip of snap tape I serged the edge because this side won’t be folded under. Since fleece doesn’t fray that was really unnecessary, but I love my serger and make up excuses to use it.

Pinned.

Slightly less crooked stitching.

Front completed.

 

Giant baby-head clearance opening on the back. I had planned to use snap tape,but I ran out. I decided to make it a button closure, which was way less scary than I thought. I did the same perpendicular seam at the top of the back seam as I did at the crotch to separate the button placket.

More unnecessary serging along the cut edges and a straight stitch along the inside edge of the button placket.

Mr. Marshmallow. I should have added a gusset to for diaper room. He is wearing a super thick nighttime cloth diaper in the picture, though, so it shouldn’t be as snug with a regular diaper.

Marshmallow jumper complete. On to Phase 3 – the collar.

Phase 1, Phase 2.1, Phase 2.2

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Beckett’s Costume Phase 2.2

I’m still in Phase 2, the jumper phase.
This picture is showing how I pinned the sleeves in.

This shows how I tapered the underarm seam to get rid of the weird hip points from Phase 2.1.

I wanted to shrink the width a little but leave it big enough to look like a puffy marshmallow. I used the jumper that fits Beckett as a guide and added about an inch on top of that to mark where I would sew the front and back seams.

I marked where to stop for the legs with three red pins.

Sewing…..

 Stop!

Front seam done!

Here I have the back seam pinned. I started it a few inches down to add a button closure for giant baby head clearance.

 I stitched a line perpendicular to each seam at the end of both the front and back seam.

I cut inside the seam to create a continuous strip for me to attach the snap tape.

Here I have the first part of snap tape pinned in. When I sew it, I will fold it in the width of the tape and stitch all around the edge. 

And here’s where Beckett got too fussy for me to continue for the night.

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Beckett’s Costume – Phase 2.1

Beckett actually gave me a few minutes to work on his costume this morning. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

First I turned the shirt inside out and cut off the sleeves just inside the seams. Then I took a picture with my camera in need if batteries.

I folded the shirt in half matching all seams to be symmetrical. then I cut it down the middle along the fold.

Starting at the cuff, I matched the sleeve of my guide jumper to one of the sleeves and marked it about an inch longer. I cut it wiith a slight curve to match the jumper’s arm hole seam.

I used the first sleeve as a pattern to carefully cut the second sleeve while holding a cranky, teething Beckett.

Cranky, teething Beckett.

I don’t have pictures for this part, but I pinned one shortened sleeve into the arm hole with right sides together. (If you’re following along, remember that there is a top and bottom to the sleeve because of how it is cut with the slight curve.) There was hole under the sleeve since the new sleeve is smaller. Once I got the sleeve pinned, I sewed up the underarm hole and tried to taper it out a little. Then I sewed on the arm.

Beckett tried on the new sleeve. It’s a little big, but poofybunchy is good for the costume and it gives him a little room to grow.

Here it is flat. You can see I need to do something to soften the weird hip point. I will probably do the other side the same way first, though, and then fix them both at the same time.

Time to break for lunch and to replace my camera batteries.

Phase 1 is here.

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Style help

Over the past seven years my weight has fluctuated from about 160lbs before Finnian, 230 lbs with Finnian, 190-195ish for five years after Finnian, 135lbs right before Beckett, 190lbs with Beckett and now holding at about 165-170lbs. I’d like to see at least 15 lbs drop off of that because I know my joints would feel better at that weight and that’s a range that is realistic for my 5′ 8″ frame to maintain. I’m not in a huge hurry to work it off yet, though, other than being more aware of what I’m eating.

In the meantime, I have a closet full of clothes in size too big and size too small with just a few in the just right or passable range. Many of them have been in my closet for at least five years. I desperately need to update my wardrobe with minimal money spent. My clothes need to be practical enough to stand up to everything my boys throw at me (literally and figuratively) but not be all sweats, mom jeans and boxy men’s t-shirts.

I figure I need some sort of game plan to decide what stays, what goes and what purchases will give me the most for my (limited) money. I decided to use the Ain’t No Mom Jeans personal style exercise (discussed in depth here and here) as a starting point.

While I’m sure Beckett would have loved to help me tear up magazines, I decided one handed Polyvore clipping while B dream nursed on my lap was the more productive way to go. I have to say that I’m not sure I’m looking at it quite right. There was definitely an outfit type that I chose consistently, and a few themes I see in the outfits I picked. What I’m not seeing is how to label the styles in such a way to be useful and not have me wearing The Outfit every single day. Plus, I live in Texas, so The Outfit is pretty much limited to fall/winter in it’s full form. Maybe I’m just not seeing it clearly because I’m doing it for myself, though, so feel free to help.

Here we go:

This board is for the skirts and dresses I clipped. There weren’t many compared to everything else, so I grouped them together.

Skirts/dresses

Most of the outfits I chose seemed to consist of solid colors, so anything with any sort of pattern or design went here. Stripes seem to be a big hit, and The Outfit is beginning to emerge.

Pattern/design

Pattern/design by csloan on Polyvore

This board has everything else I clipped. Mostly variations of The Outfit.
everything else

So, here’s my summary.
I prefer pants. My go-to Outfit would be slim fitting jeans with layers on top and cute shoes or boots. I’m seeing pops of reds, yellows and blues with mostly blacks, neutrals and earthy colors for the main colors.  
As far as accessories go, I don’t see a lot of jewelry. It seems like they are accessorized through layering scarves, jackets, etc. more so than with statement necklaces or bold jewelry. Many of the outfits use a big bag for added impact. There are also a lot of really cute boots.
The main adjectives I’d use to describe the outfits overall are simple, casual, cozy and maybe a little edgy.
What do you think? Did I get it?
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7 Quick Takes Friday

— 1 —

Finnian is trying out for Battle of the Books. I love that he is reading so well and wants to do it. I’m nervous about what happens if he doesn’t make it or is the only one his age to make it. He’s up against second and third graders to make the team.

— 2 —

Beckett is really, really teething this time. I saw a red spot on his gum and he’s being a little Fussbudget. Which is kind of a misnomer, because there is no budgeting of the fuss.

— 3 —

Fleas seem to thrive in my neighborhood. I have been battling them in our house all summer, but the last week has been the worst. I’ve swept, vacuumed and mopped frequently, treated the (indoor) cat and (outdoor) dog with Frontline, tried vinegar, EO’s and sprays from Raid and Hartz. All it does is make them mad. In the past we’ve tried diatomaceous (sp?) earth and that did nothing. We don’t even have carpet. Luckily they aren’t in my craft room, but I’m afraid to go in there and have one follow me. 😛 Basically, help!

— 4 —

Finn has a school holiday today. I didn’t want him in front of the t.v. all day, so I insisted we walk to the park. You would not believe the whining! I thought it would be a treat. He finally came around once we got there.

— 5 —

I’m pretty sure my across-the-street neighbor is on her fourth garage sale of the year. I think the city only allows two. I really don’t care, except my dog barks and people park so it’s hard to get in and out of my driveway.

— 6 —

Finn is having his first sleepover at a friend’s house, so I expect to be up all night. Not that I’d be sleeping with B teething anyway.

— 7 —
I’ve been trying to update my wardrobe a little without actually having to go to the mall or spend a lot of money. Yesterday, my neighbor (who I hadn’t told about my clothes shopping) gave me a bag of clothes that she didn’t want either because of the size or needed repairs. Some of them needed more work than I can do and some didn’t fit. There were two pairs of jeans in styles I was looking for that miraculously fit (2 sizes smaller than I normally wear!) and had fairly easy repairs needed. I love it when things work out like that.
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