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Toddler costumes by Tom Arma. From the McCall's web site: "TODDLERS' COSTUMES: Included in this envelope are instructions and pattern pieces to make skunk (A), lion (B), monkey (C), elephant (D) and panda (E)."
I sewed View A--the skunk--for my 16-month-old daughter. DH and I were debating what to choose for her Halloween costume, and we both thought that this view/pattern was adorable and also figured this would be the only year that she'd allow us to dress her as a skunk for Halloween.
McCall's toddler sizes 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 4. One size per envelope.
I sewed a size 1 for my 30" tall 16-month-old daughter. She's quite slim, so this pattern is a bit roomy (I was debating whether to go with the size 1/2 and lengthen it or go with the size 1), but we figured she could wear this over regular clothes if it's cold on Halloween.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much so, although the headpiece covers more of my daughter's face than the envelope model baby, which is strange, because head size is about the only measurement where my daughter is close to the 50th percentile for her age.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are easy to follow, but as others have noted in their reviews, they jump around a bit in a typical Big 4 way. My biggest issue with the instructions is that the order-of-instruction is just flat-out odd in some places. I prefer to work "in the flat" for as much as possible before moving to "in the round", so I changed up the order of construction a bit in some places. For example, they have you put in the back zipper once nearly the entire jump suite is constructed--I changed this and put in the zipper as one of my first steps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: It's a really cute costume. There are a lot of pieces/steps, but nothing is particularly difficult. It took me a few weeks to get this constructed because, well, look at my photos...toddler.
Disklikes:Too. Much. Handsewing. I hate handsewing. I machine-sewed what I could (regardless of what the instructions said), but some handsewing is unavoidable for this costume. The order-of-construction in the instructions wasn't an issue for me, but I could see that causing some pain for a less experienced seamstress.
Fleece and faux fur purchased from my local Hancocks. Headpiece lining is leftover black bamboo jersey from my stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, outside of omitting the nails on the feet because I lost the pattern piece. That, and kind of doing my own thing with the order of construction
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't sew this again, unless my daughter wants to be one of the other views in the next couple of years, but I suspect that if her interests follow their current course, she'll want to be either a Yo Gabba Gabba character or Wonder Woman next year.
I would recommend this costume to others sewing for a toddler.
Cute costume. I'm very happy with how it turned out.