Wednesday, October 23, 2013

KCW - Day 3 - The Volcano!!!

My kid is obsessed with volcanoes.  We watch youtube videos of eruptions, we read books about them.  We talk about them.  And talk, and talk, and talk.

When I asked Julia what she wanted to be for Halloween, she wanted to be a princess.  I asked her again - and again I got "princess".  So, I kept asking until I got an answer that I liked!  Finally, she said, "how about a volcano costume?"  I immediately went to work....

I made this using the Oliver + S Bubble Dress pattern.  I used some very old black corduroy for the body, I used two pillowcases to cut the lining.  I lined the body with fleece.  All these things were from my stash.  I had some random gray coarse fabric that I used for the lava.


Julia and I worked together to paint the flame/lava running down the volcano.  Anytime I involve her in the process, it makes her that much more excited to wear what we've made.

I made a flame-crown out of several layers of fabric and used Wonder Under to stick them together.  There's also a layer of heavy interfacing between the layers that I had left over from some handbag making.

When the costume was almost put together, we decided that it needed more body.  I put a hoop made out of wire coat hangers in the bottom, but still it needed more body.  I tore the bubble hem apart, and stuck a bunch of bubble wrap we had lying around up inside the body.  It totally did the trick!

I'm so happy I was able to put this together for my daughter - who will NOT be the same as every fairy princess trick-or-treating this year!  Hopefully, she won't be in years of therapy as a result!!


I wonder if we'll see any other little volcanoes running around this Halloween!!

So, that's what I finished off on day 3 of Kids Clothes Week!!!

6 comments:

  1. It's fantastic and I like the approach of keep asking until you hear an answer you like, only not when the kids themselves do it!

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  2. This is brilliant! What an awesome Halloween costume.

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  3. SOO fun!! Loving that idea :o) Pinning to my Halloween board on pinterest :o) Looks like you are having as much fun as I am sewing this week :o) EMily@nap-timecreations

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  4. So cool! My daughter was a volcano three years ago :) Though her costume was all fleece since it is cold in the Northwest.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyestonian/5136223829/

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  5. I love this, Janice! Julia makes an awesome volcano!

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  6. The volcano is so cool! I had a similar experience with my three-year old this year http://margeeslim.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-2013-mad-bird-judge.html.

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