Halloween costume sewing seems to divide our kind into three camps: “i love sewing costumes!,” “i hate it, but do it anyway FOR THE KIDS,” and “nope, i’m going to Target.”
i fall in the first camp…within reason. costume sewing is a fun creative challenge for me, and my kids play dress up pretty much constantly, so these are not one-time use AT ALL. only the big kids got handmade costumes this year though; our little guy is suddenly a huge Curious George fan and borrowed a monkey costume from his cousins that he was thrilled about. so anyway, here’s handmade costume #1 – Kid Catwoman.
E settled pretty quickly on Catwoman once it was time to lock in the costume requests. O’s superhero love has rubbed off on her a bit, and i made a slapdash Wonderwoman costume one afternoon for dress up purposes, but for Halloween she wanted to be a villain. she’s currently obsessed with cats, so Catwoman was a natural fit there. plus she got to drop into rad poses at a moment’s notice.
i modeled her costume after 1960s Julie Newmar/Lee Meriwether/Eartha Kitt Catwomen – just thought those costumes were cooler and more age-appropriate for a 7 year old than the modern versions…know what i mean? google “vintage catwoman” if you want to see what i was working from.
i made everything she’s wearing except the shoes!
the unitard was the stumper in my pre-costume planning process – i tried to talk her into leggings and a shirt where i could hide the seams with her belt, but she would have none of it. it had to be a unitard, and she even suggested a zipper to get in and out of it because she knows what’s up.
the unitard ended up being a lot easier than i expected it’d be to sew – i made a size 6 flashback skinny tee and playtime leggings in black spandex, shaving extra width off the arms and side seams of the tee as i serged so it was a closer match to the width of the leggings, and cutting it up the center back so i could add an invisible zipper. i first basted the top and bottom together to check fit on her, and in the end, i trimmed a couple inches off the top and an inch off the top of the leggings to get the proportions right before i serged them together.
i did a neckband but didn’t bother finishing the hems; just zigzagged the serged seam allowances to hold them.
piece o’ cake. 😉
i finished the sewing off with a quick belt made of gold metallic spandex which hides the seam (both spandex fabrics were already in my stash for possible swimsuit making). the only things i bought specifically for this costume were the necklace components and white plastic headbands (from Michael’s). i got lucky to find the perfect $4 metal medallion set and used pliers to open up the gold chain and add them in. i spray painted the headband black and added felt cat ears. her mask is felt with a black picot elastic band.
what’s she got there…?
oh no, Catwoman stole 100 grand!!
the “money bag” (totally her idea) for treats is a scrap of flannel with a freezer paper stenciled dollar sign, using Dana’s classic hobo sack tutorial.
as you can probably tell from the photos, E was ecstatic with her Catwoman costume. it’s so rewarding when that happens!
i love how she gets sooooo into character with her costumes every year, she just kills me.
Happy Halloween! back with O’s costume in a bit!