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