Butterick 6415: Sparkle City

Hey hey!  Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Now that the turkey and pumpkin pie have been consumed, it’s time for Christmas cookies, latkes and holiday parties of all sorts!

But, what to wear?  Maybe something from the Sequins & Sparkles section at Fabric Mart?!


That’s where I found this Betsy & Adam sequinned stretch velvet, which is unfortunately now sold out, but you can find similarly adorned gorgeous textile goodies here.

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Happy Halloween from Gekko and Owlette!

Happy Halloween!  After these past few days of posts, I’m excited to finally share with you the fruits of my labor:


Not the best photo of them both, but it’s like herding cats with these two.  And she wanted both buckets, mmkay?

I’ve talked about the creative challenges with each of these for Owlette and Gekko, but here’s the rest of the meat and potatoes that I thought you also might enjoy.

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Halloween Making: Gekko

And now on to Gekko!  I knew his costume would come with its own challenges, but I didn’t foresee anything being as complicated as Owlette’s Cape.

First things first, if you don’t know who Gekko from PJ Masks is you should click here.

Here are the challenges identified for this costume:

  • Chest logo
  • Tail drafting and attachment method
  • Muscle makin’

Gekko Logo

Yes, even after Owlette I was still worried about the chest logo.  I had already cut the front of his Muscle Shirt out (from Sew a Little Seam’s Master of Disguise), and thought nothing of just going for the vinyl-stencil-with-fabric-paint approach that had worked for Owlette.


Except it didn’t work.

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Halloween Making: Owlette

The best and worst part of costume making is the problem solving.  Sometimes you get it right the first time, and sometimes you spend days waiting for paint to dry over and over again.  Thankfully, I had more hits than misses this Halloween, and I had enough fun throughout the whole process.

For Peaches’s PJ Masks Owlette (<–click here if you’re not familiar) costume, I knew right off of the bat what would be easy and what might prove to be a challenge:

–  chest logo
–  drafting and attaching winged mask to hood
–  drafting and sewing cape

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Halloween: The Plan

I can’t deny that I love making costumes.  Sometimes I hem (ha!) and haw and drag my feet, but in the end I do enjoy the problem solving and processes that are involved.  Nothing like a little experimentation!

The past couple of years the kids’ Halloween costumes have ended up centering around Cheeks’ birthday party themes and dress up clothes gifted by a certain aunt!  His 3rd birthday was Dragons love Tacos and these were their costumes last year (a dragon and his Maleficent):


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