Thursday, October 24, 2013

Ottobre + Ananda = One Smooth Criminal

This year is probably the last year that Duncan won't have an opinion about his Halloween costume, so I kind of struggled with what to make for him.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Duncan is something of an escape artist. We talked about several variations on that theme, but finally settled on classic jailbird stripes.
It's also a plus that this is basically a sweatsuit with stripes. Super comfy and cozy for trick or treating or just hanging around the cell block.
The shirt is from the 01/2010 issue of Ottobre. I made the size 98 because I already had it traced and his 92s are all too small. It looks like the sleeves are a little long, but I kinda like the ragamuffin look it gives.
The pants are my new favorite comfy kids pant, the Ananda. They are so comfy and go together so quickly. And since they don't have side seams, I only had to match the stripes on the inseam and crotch. Bonus!
I made the waistband (and the cuffs and neckband of the shirt) from a white rib knit. I wish it had slightly better recovery, as the pants got a little saggy with wear, but I think that was also because I hemmed them a little too long so he was stepping on them.
Wasn't it nice of him to mark the new hemline with mud? Considerate kid, I tell ya.
Even though this is "just" a costume, I did go to the trouble of matching the stripes across the seams. I didn't have quite enough fabric to match the stripes across the sleeves, but he moves so much, I don't think anyone would be able to tell either way.
The fabric I used is a soft sweatshirt fleece from Nature's Fabrics. You may have noticed that it isn't the traditional black and white stripe. I could pretend that I did that on purpose so that he could get more wear out of the ensemble, but the honest truth is that I just wasn't paying attention. I still think it gets the point across and he actually will at least be able to wear the sweatshirt after Halloween, so whatever.
Better move fast, Copper! He's outta here! And as you all know, #childproofingisfutile .


  1. That is just so cute, great job.

  2. Cute! The whole time I was reading this post I kept thinking "what's wrong with my screen? Those stripes look purple. " lol

  3. Looks great! I love that this could definitely be worn after Halloween....I'm all about getting the most wear out of what I sew!

  4. I really enjoyed following that hashtag. My sister's third-born were twin boys. One time she heard them loudly complaining and went to investigate - they had emptied a bottle of olive oil on the kitchen floor and were unable to leave the scene of the crime. Two mostly-naked, round pudgy baby boys caught in an oil slick!

  5. What a great story! Your poor sister. Twins are a whole other level of mayhem. Hats off to her!

  6. So cute! It's a great costume and you'll be able to use the pieces as regular clothes, too.

  7. This is a perfect costume for him! I love it.

  8. The Slapdash SewistOctober 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    This is adorable and I love the photos--he definitely looks like he's making a break for it!

  9. Love it! He's so cute in his striped outfit. I'm sure he'll get a lot of use out of it well beyond Halloween!