Thursday, November 17, 2011
Biscuit the Dog Pajamas (Costume)
Even though it's well past Halloween, you could use the same ideas to make a special pair of kitty or doggy pajamas as a Christmas gift...pajamas are a favorite Night-Before-Christmas present for our kids so they have something special to wear for opening gifts in the morning.
As we were contemplating Halloween costumes this year, Hubby broke one of the cardinal rules...NEVER suggest a Halloween costume to the child unless you have an idea of how you will make or buy it easily. He suggested to Sweet Pea that she should be Biscuit the Dog for Halloween, and she latched onto the idea.
If you're a regular reader, then you might remember this video of Sweet Pea "reading" her Biscuit books. The Biscuit books are a little boring as adults to read, but a great first reader for kids just starting to read.
I was really not in the mood this year to put a lot of work into making Halloween costumes, so I was less than thrilled, even though I thought it was a cute idea.
Fortunately I found a pair of size 5T foot pajamas in the closet just in time. Firecracker hat outworn them, and even though they weren't quite the same color as Biscuit in the books, the first Biscuit book starts out with "This is Biscuit. Biscuit is small. Biscuit is yellow..." so I knew if it was yellow, Sweet Pea would be happy.
I didn't have time to take tutorial pictures and I was making it all up as I went along, but I'll share enough tips that you should be able to make your own.
Sweet Pea is just barely wearing 2T (she's small for her age), so 5T was way to big. This is what we started with (please ignore the mess).
It turned out perfect that the pajamas were a couple sizes too big, because when I shortened them, I ended up with some scraps to make the tail and cover up the embroidery. I had her put the pajamas on, and then marked where the wrists and ankles should go.
When I cut them off, I added about an inch, so I could fold the ends over and make a casing for the elastic. (Although I wish I'd added another extra inch or two because they creep up a bit on her while she's sleeping.) I had to cut through the zipper to make these short enough...which is really easy. Just make sure the pajamas are zipped up when you do it. My sewing machine didn't have any trouble sewing past the zipper.
I also marked where to put her tail before I started cutting.
I used the extra I cut off the legs to make her tail. Biscuit's tail bends up all the time in the books, so I figured I should stuff it. I just used some left over batting I had, and pushed in as much as I could to fill it up.
little zipper pull with a washer. It also helps Sweet Pea pull the zipper up herself.
here and here) and we've washed the Biscuit costume several times and it hasn't faded at all.
And we had a very happy Biscuit for trick-or-treating.
...and during the day plenty too. She carries her Biscuit books around with her more than ever. It was easier convincing her to put an apron on over her costume to eat, than it was to get her to put her books somewhere other than the table.
And if you're looking for a more traditional way to make some pajamas for Christmas...I'll have some others to show you soon.