you know about Em’s elephant obsession, right? and her love of the color pink, right? so you’re not surprised at all that this was her halloween costume choice, right?
there’s something about four year olds where they just get obsessed with things. any child psychologists out there, please clue me in. it’s like her whole life is pink and elephants (and maybe ballet?). so predictable it’s hilarious.
when we first asked her what she wanted to be for halloween (maybe in august?), she drew this:
a pink elephant sketch for me to sew from. since she drew it, she has not wavered. okay no, ONCE she said she would be fantastic mrs. fox, but the next day she was back to pink elephant. dang! i was kinda hoping my costume sewing would be taken care of with film petit.
i had a hard time fully conceptualizing the elephant. couldn’t figure out my designs – hoodie? jumpsuit? separates but wearable later? very specific and one-time use? i ended up going with separates, and had to do my own sketch because hers wasn’t entirely humanoid (yes i said humanoid).
here’s the pattern rundown. it was all sewn in fleece from joann because halloweens get chilly here and it needed to be cozy.
top: flashback skinny tee, remixed using my green eyelet tunic tutorial. i lengthened the sleeves, scooped out the neck, omitted the keyhole, used purple ribbing for a neckline, and inserted 1/4″ elastic in the bottom hem to bubble her tummy a bit. then i appliquéd charcoal fleece to her sleeves for nails.
bottoms: sunki leggings, modified to be slightly wider in the leg and cut on the folds at the sides. i inserted a yarn tail in the back seam like jess’ adorable my little pony costumes (tutorial here). Em’s elephant tail is three strands of yarn, which i braided, knotted, then separated at the bottom for the tassel. the pant legs also have gray fleece nails.
hood: cozy winter hood from little things to sew, of course! self-drafted giant ears because she’s an African elephant and yes she knows the difference, with heavyweight heat n bond ironed between the two layers for structure. i also inserted two pipe cleaners into the top of each ear. i cut slits into the sides of the outer layer of the hood and sewed them in sort of like a welt pocket…tricky.
trunk: tube of pink fleece with gray tip, stuffed with fiberfill and pipe cleaners. i added little tusks (her request) and it goes around her head/over her ears with a band of 1/4″ elastic. she’s the kind of kid that doesn’t mind stuff on her face or head, so i expect the trunk will last through trick or treating.
every time she tries this costume on, she doesn’t want to take it off! even though it was a bit annoying to make with all the fleece and tricky ears, it’s probably one of my most satisfying projects now that it’s done just because of her reaction to it! makes it totally worth the major cleanout my machine needed afterward.
i do love making costumes though. it’s fun to do such specific, frivolous sewing every so often, and i grew up wearing homemade costumes so buying them doesn’t even cross my mind most of the time. plus, when my kid requests a pink elephant, i’m not sure that’s something that i could buy even if i wanted to (oh never mind, i totally could’ve bought one – yikes!). anyway, mine’s not so weird and i’m sure it’s cozier. so there. it wasn’t cheaper, but that’s because i forgot how wide fleece comes and bought way too much (it’ll be an extra blanket for her bed).
my little pink elephant wishes you a…
have fun out there everybody!