Come trick-or-treat time, the neighbors will think you spent hours hand-sewing this adorable hat and dress but our instructions make this kid's costume so quick and easy! Adjust the measurements as needed for any age child - or adult.
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What You'll Need
- Downloadable pattern
- Two 31x20-inch pieces of linen fabric (amount will vary by size of child)
- 20x20-inch piece of contrasting fabric
- Sewing needle and thread
- 1 yard string
- ¾ yard of black felt
- Black headband
Step 1: Cut the Dress
Enlarge and trace pocket pattern onto paper and cut out. Cut two pockets from the contrasting fabric. Sew the pockets onto one piece of linen fabric (for dress), leaving edges raw.
Step 2: Sew the Dress
With right sides together, sew linen dress pieces together. Starting at the top, stitch for 4 inches, leaving 5 inches unsewn for armholes. Sew the remainders of sides together.
Step 3: Add the Hem
Fold dress top over 1 inch to the wrong side of the fabric. Sew along the casing, close to the raw edge. Leave a 2-inch opening.
Step 4: Add String
Turn dress right side out. Lace string through the casing. This will help size the dress to fit.
Step 5: Check the Size
Have the child put on the dress and gather the string to cinch the dress top. Tie the string to secure. Keep the dress loose and flowy. We also kept the hem unfinished for a spooky-cute finish.
Step 6: Make the Hat
Enlarge and trace the hat and hat brim patterns onto paper and cut out. Cut hat and brim from black felt. Sew the long sides of the hat together. Turn right side out, and cut slits to make tabs along the bottom edge of the hat. Place brim over hat, sew the brim to the hat tabs, then sew a black headband inside the bottom of the hat.
Step 7: Make the Broom
Gather straw around the end of a stick. Wrap pumpkin-color yarn tightly around the straw to hold in place. Choose a stick that is fairly straight without branches. You'll want it to be about the same height as your child.