Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Sort-of-Dress-Up Costumes

So while there was a certain appeal to leaving the kids like this for their cousin's 5th 'Come as your favourite jungle animal' birthday party ....


... I decided to make them something a little more practical and a little less material-thrown-over-children's-heads. I had romanic notions of creating my own super awesome costume but got tired of that idea pretty quickly after a few awful, awful attempts. Mr was getting ready to duck, still traumatised after the alleged house-throwing incident.

A late night panic session resulted in a less romantic but practical idea. My thinking was that a costume that went over clothes was likely to:
a) get in the way of serious playing (the party was at a park)
b) be hot (given that the forecast was for 28+ degrees)
c) be rejected with irrational crying

So I decided to play it safe, save my time and sanity, and followed a pattern. Thanks to Simplicity 5982, here is my little leopard and the cow she chased into the jungle.


The pattern didn't have tails so I just made a waistband, and used boning in the leopard tail to make it stick out and some fur on the bottom of the cow tail.


I will admit to googling "leopard tail" and "cow tail" to make sure they looked right. Attention to detail or ridiculous need for things to be right...?? You can decide!

25 comments:

beck said...

The costumes look great Nikki! If your kids are anything like mine they will be wearing them day and night! Glad the little lion girl liked her pressie too.

One pair of Hands said...

Your little 'animals' look wonderful. Knew the little lion would love her bag. Cheers, Elsie:)

Becky said...

Great option in following a pattern, animal print shorts will work all summer.

Kat said...

Very cute costumes!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Nikki, they are brilliant costumes. They can go from summer to winter with the addition of a just a few layers! I love the clever way you you did the leopard tail.

I bet they had a ball!

Mel said...

Nikki they are fantastic! And had I thought of it, yes I would have totally googled the tails. Can't you just imagine some random child in the park exclaiming, "That's not what a cow tail looks like!" had you got it even slightly wrong!?

Glad the lioness loved her bag :)

Cathy (Tinniegirl) said...

They area fantastic, and so are the beautiful houses. You're such a clever thing.

Isis said...

aren't late night stress outs great?! i reckon that's when we come up with out best work. They look great and very practical. and i would have googled the tails also!
x isis

Gina said...

Another job well done, Mum. Those look perfectly practical and comfortable and sweet and dressed-up all at the same time. (And at least if you had chucked them at the Mr it would've been slightly less ouchy than the houses!).

I appreciate your need for tail accuracy. Yes, perhaps a need for things to be right... but you let that go for the rest of the costume so I think you could have your little perfectionistic outburst over the tail! Dang they look cute too.

Miss Muggins said...

Very practical and authentic too! Well done. Looks like a great time was has by all.

CurlyPops said...

Now that's just adorable!
I have to make some dress ups for a girlfriends kiddies for christmas, so now I have some wonderful inspiration.

caramela said...

You' ve done such a fabulous job with these costumes! I really giggled with you googling about the tails! Woohoo for attention to detail- Well done!!
Annamaria :)

Sandrine said...

Great little costumes Nikki, your mini wild animals look so cute!;)
The lioness looks so proud of her beautiful bag!They are so lucky to have a clever mum and aunty!

Dianne said...

Perfect solution Nikki. I am glad that all went well. xx

One Flew Over said...

ADORABLE!! I wonder if I could get away with an outfit that had a tail??? Love it!

Tanya said...

ha ha, the cow she chased into the jungle, loving that! Great costume effort and attention to detail Nikki!

Tania said...

The tails are the absolute highlight! (although I admit I was more than signed up to the ghostie version). And yes, of course you had to google the tail detail. Right with you there...

Mookah said...

Oooh! I want one. I want one. Mmmm, an outfit with a tail. Perfect attire to wear to a market wouldn't you say? Create a little interest?

trixi said...

Nikki love those first costumes! They made me laugh. A little impractical perhaps but I guess that's the price we pay when we want to look good!!
As for the tail googling...I'm all for it...what self respecting cow or leopard would want to be seen with a tail that seems to have been borrowed from some one else...not a pretty sight!

Pippi creates said...

Those costumes were really adorable, and the tails looked perfect. Slightly more practical than the jungle animal ghosts (although they did make me laugh...)

Tammy James said...

Hi Nikki, these are Cuuute! I love the B'Day girls pressie too! My word V is liond! LOL

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Well done Nikki Girl... I think the tails are the best part and your kids wouldn't have pulled off the outfits with out them... Award yourself a gold star for the doggie bag...

xo Steph

Sherrin said...

very, very cute!!!

Treacle Beak said...

Great little outfits, Nik. The kids looked great and had a wonderful time at the party. Yes, the 5 yr old does love her bag, it goes lots of places full of "hard animals".

Kylie said...

Your kids looked sooooo sweet. Great outfits for running and playing in too. Did the tails stay on all day or did your little jungle animals get sick of them? I know some kids like costumes and some don't. My four year old is a dress up fiend. Loves costumes like his Mummy. The seven year old, not so much...