There! At last. My patience was rewarded as the elusive Toddlersaurus Rex entered the clearing, seemingly unaware of my presence. I held my breath, careful not to make a sound and scare her away. She was a beauty!
I moved silently, closer to the bushes. She was foraging for food, happily humming her ABC's. I inched forward with my camera trying to get a close up. The shot of a lifetime. I was determined. But then, my foot slipped and....
SNAP! I stepped on a branch and surprised her. She was startled!
She lunged for me and let out the most ferocious roar I've ever heard! It was terrifying. Just when I thought I had met my demise, she turned. She ran back in to the foliage. It seems she was just as scared of me as I was of her.
My later research has revealed that the enigmatic Toddlersaurus Rex is not a meat eater, lucky for me and that fateful encounter. They seem to prefer things like cookies and apple juice. And bananas and croissants, too.
I really had a ball making this costume, if you can't already tell. Especially this year since this was completely at Jane's request. I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween. Her first response was, "cow" followed by "dinosaur." And then dinosaur it was. She has talked about this costume for well over a month. And sorry for the picture overload. We had fun taking pictures. There were too many to choose from.
It's really an unoriginal costume. I got the idea straight from the internet. Actually, I first saw the dinosaur tails on House of Lane and mentally filed it away for my dinosaur loving girl. So when she requested a dinosaur, I looked up those dinosaur tails and found umpteen etsy shops that sell them along with dinosaur hoodies.
But of course, I am a die hard DIY-er. And a handmade Halloween costume is going to be my tradition. So I made it. I used McCalls 6782 for the hoodie. My original plan was to use real apparel fabrics (nice sweatshirt fleece) and make this something a little more sophisticated that she could actually use after Halloween. But after ordering two lengths that didn't work (bad color and really thin) I gave up and went to Joann's to buy the cheapest fleece I could get my hands on. My toddler came with me and picked the colors. She was very specific! And there's not a whole lot you can do to make lime green and hot pink fleece look polished.
The McCalls pattern is a good one. I chose it because it was on sale. But I was impressed with the fit. This is a size 2 and it is spot on my two year old. Usually I find Big 4 kids patterns to be huge. I cut the back piece down the middle to add the dinosaur spikes. And then I lined the hood and back to cover up the ugly seam that sewing the spikes made. Actually, I planned on lining the hood all along to add a drawstring just like the poncho I recently made. I used a Pellon product called Flex-Foam for the spikes instead of stuffing them. This stuff is really cool. I kind of want to make myself a bag with it. Great structure but it's soft and squishy.
The tail was just free handed. It's about 20 inches long. I traced a salad plate for the circle that sits against her bottom. The straps are 4 inches wide and 10 inches long. For a child any bigger, they would need to be longer. I placed the straps slightly higher up so the tail would sit right. The tail is so adorable, I almost can't stand it. It will make a great play item long after Halloween is over.
She loves it. I sewed it all it one day, too, if you can believe it. I sewed like a maniac and am so glad I finished it. Anybody else sewing costumes? I've been kind of m.i.a. in the blog world lately. And no, I'm not apologizing for that, but I miss it! I'm going to have to spend some time with my blogroll soon. I've been swamped at work and my free time is nil right now. I'm kind of proud of myself for sewing this costume (and blogging it!) this weekend. I have a huge art show at the beginning of December, a really formal one. I'm very excited about it but it is eating up all my time. I'll be thrilled when it's over. I'll catch up one day! If I can make it to Thanksgiving when all the art is due, I'll be good.
Happy Halloween, friends!