When we moved out of our family home of 26 years, we had a lot of paraphernalia to sort through and toss. My voluminous collection of sewing patterns definitely needed pruning. I had a good laugh at some of the styles I knew I would never revisit. But some patterns are timeless. Costumes included.
With Halloween approaching, and my daughter Karen’s desire to dress her kids as Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, I was eager to help. For Pooh, I was relieved to find that I had indeed saved the costume pattern that I used years ago to fashion a bunny costume for Karen. What better place to start for Pooh’s costume? She was three at the time, and her son is nearly two and a half. It was great fun to pull it out and recreate the suit for a second generation. With different fabric the bunny became Pooh bear. And the price on that pattern? Just $1.75. They don’t make them like that any more!
Piglet was a joint effort. Karen sought out the pink leggings and shirt, while I adapted a red onesie for Piglet’s body. All that we lacked was the head and ears. In step the internet. With a quick search I was able to find a free downloadable pattern for an adorable cap. Unfortunately, when finished it turned out to be too small. No problem, using SnagIt (one of my favorite software tools), I was able to save the pattern as an image, expand it and reprint the larger size. The second attempt was a perfect fit! Ears for both Pooh and Piglet were one part sewing experience and two parts imagination.
We had great fun trailing Pooh and Piglet around their neighborhood on Halloween. No tricks – just seeing them in their costumes was a treat.