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THE PETER PAN COSTUME

Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I am a little bit excited. I wish i could use emojis in a blog post hehe. Also i exerted very little self control when deciding how many pictures to post. You have been warned.

SO book week has come and gone again! This year was Buddy’s first year participating, and he wanted to be Peter Pan. Honestly, could it be more perfect??? I love it when my kids choose things that just make sense, and i was really really excited to make him this costume. Add to that the fact that Buddy never wants to dress up – and basically you end up with me really keen to do something he likes.

Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I tried my best to emulate the Disney Peter Pan’s costume, as i think it’s the best. Thankfully it was very straightforward too! A couple of people asked me on Instagram how i made it, so here is a little rundown of the pattern set i created.

Peter Pan costume pattern

I used my new kids sewing patterns as a base – which worked really well! This will probably make more sense to you once the patterns are released, but here goes. The leggings are my Mini Virginia, and since the pattern is quite close fitting and requires a fabric with at least 40% stretch and this jersey only had 20%, i sized up. (More about stretch percentage in this post). Buddy is 5 and wear’s a size 4/5, so i cut the size 6/7 and made them a little shorter, as he isn’t very tall, and he’ll have a bit of room to grow. I think this worked really well. They definitely look like leggings, but not so tight that its like, woah why did you put your little boy in leggings hehehe.

For the tunic, i used my Mini Briar pattern. I used the back pattern piece [2] for both the front and back of the tunic. This worked well because you want the tunic to be long, and also it made the neckline a little easier. I cut a standard size 4/5 and then added the zig zag hem. I cut the sleeve to be as long as the size 10/12 short sleeve and then cut the zig zag hem as above. For the neckline, i just cut a slit down the centre front and pressed the “collar” to the sides. done.

I left all the hems raw, because jersey doesn’t fray (yay!) and i was doing this the day before the book parade hahaha.

Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I made the hat using this pattern on the Sew in Harmony blog. The pattern is toddler size, but Buddy is not a very big kid at all, so i just added extra seam allowance (the pattern includes seams), and i think it worked really well! As a side note i tried it on myself and it didn’t fit too badly at all. I used dark green felt and red felt for the feather. Buddy was NOT impressed that i sewed the feather to the hat, apparently that ruins it haha. But as plus, sewing the feather down helped me to anchor the folded up rim of the hat a little so it would keep its shape all through the school day.

Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

The belt is just a brown scrap of jersey that i tied around his tummy and knotted.

The sword is from a $10 set from a local toy store.

The boots are Minnetonka trampers – which i got a few years ago, and are basically one of my favourite kids shoes ever! These boots have already lasted through Bunny (See here) and now Buddy. swoon.

The green jersey is from Spotlight in Perth (and given the quality, was too pricey if you ask me, but that’s basically always my feeling when i leave Spotlight), and the felt is from JoAnn’s in the US (bought many moons ago).

Ok that’s the run down!

Oh, more photos of Buddy being a ham? Here we go!

Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary
Peter Pan costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

And incase you’re wondering – my sweet Bunny decided she wanted to be Madeline again this year. She was perfectly adorable (again)!

About Author

Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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thisismoonlight
7 years ago

So adorable! I remember loving book week when I was little so was so excited for them all too!

stitchedupsam
stitchedupsam
7 years ago

Oh my goodness, so cute!

Katherine
Katherine
7 years ago

Too cute! Great job Mum!

Diariodenaii
7 years ago

Love it!!! Perfect Peter pan!

patternandbranch
7 years ago

My little brother was Peter Pan for so many Halloweens growing up. This brings back memories! You did a great job. This is really cute!

naehconnection
naehconnection
7 years ago

Such a fun costume. Now I totally want to dress my son like Peter Pan ;)

miss agnes
7 years ago

What a lovely costume! And how lucky your children are, to have a mum that can make any outfit they want. Bravo!

lisa g
7 years ago

So cute! I was thinking how much I loved that the feather was sewn on, then to read that he hated that part… ha! Silly kids. ;-)

Freya
7 years ago

I love this!!

Kat @ House of Lane
7 years ago

Ok that is just too cute! I am hanging for my kids to start school so I can do book week costumes. I love a good costume! I am actually in the middle of making pirate party and circus party costumes at the moment. So much fun!

gingermakes
7 years ago

Stopppppppp! This is the best thing ever!!!

Jaqui
Jaqui
7 years ago

Could also be a base for a cute elf costume, for santas little helper

Amy
Amy
1 year ago

This is gorgeous! I tried to add my name to get the pattern above but the link wasn’t working. Am I able to get the pattern from you?
Many thanks