October 24, 2013

I’m also Walt Disney…

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Mickey CostumeI brought Mickey Mouse to life last weekend as I finished this Mickey Mouse costume.  Seems like we have a Disney theme going on with my daughter’s Cinderella costume and my own Tinkerbell costume (I’ve used it for the last couple years… it’s nice when you’re not growing anymore and can reuse the costume year after year!).  And my husband wants to be a Jedi… until recently that wouldn’t have really been included in a Disney theme!

I bought the black shirt from Walmart.  It’s a Garanimals brand shirt in 3T. 

For the shorts, I used McCall’s M5836 (it is out of print, but it can be bought used from other sellers).  I lengthened the legs out a bit to be more boyish.  But it’s a basic short so it wasn’t terribly girly! 

I got the giants buttons on the from Joann’s.  They are so big that they come in singles, rather than in a pack.  Then I used Red Heart Fashion Crochet Thread in black to sew on those huge buttons. 

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For the Mickey Hat, I used a modified (adjust for a bigger size) version of my Peruvian Style Ear Flap Hat (Soon I will need to write a pattern for kids and adults!). Then I used a variation on the Mickey & Minnie Mouse inspired hat ears.  I jumped straight to the Ears portion and skipped the 6th row instructions and instead did it like the last row but with the number of stitches from the 5th.  If that makes any sense.  I used Black Cotton yarn and White Cotton yarn from Walmart.  The Red Cotton yarn is from Michael’s (the red at Walmart wasn’t bright enough).  The buttons were from a four-pack of buttons at Walmart.

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Mickey CostumeAnnaVirginia Fashion - Mickey Costume

Hopefully for Halloween he’ll actually wear the black leggings I’m planning on underneath the shorts!  He wasn’t in the mood to borrow them from his sister when I wanted to get pictures.

October 20, 2013

I’m Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Cinderella CostumeYep, I waved my wand and made a gown for the ball!  Or I actually went to the store, bought fabric, pull out my sewing machine and made a costume for Halloween.  Either way, this girl feels like a princess!

My mom made me a Cinderella costume when I was a little girl, too.  I remember it was white and had sparkly silver tulle.  I had a ribbon neck choker and I loved that dress!

For my daughter’s dress, I used Simplicity Threads Pattern 3978 (I guess it’s not in print anymore, because it’s not on their website anywhere…), but I added about 12 inches to the length.  I used Homemade Toast’s Cinderella Princess Dress Costume for the “hip poofs.”  I just scrolled down to the poof instructions. 

I did a light blue, to match the headband we already had, for the bodice and skirt, and a white print (it’s hard to see the print in pictures, but it’s cute!) for the sleeves and hip poofs.  I also have a lace trim from my grandmother’s stock that added a nice touch to the bodice and skirt hem.  The hip poofs have some tulle inside to add stiffness.  I used a ribbon for the neck choker and then sewed hems and snap closures on the ends. 

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There is also a pink organza slip/petticoat that I made to give some structure to the skirt portion since it was weighed down so heavily by the hip poofs.  It looks great with the added body underneath.  Now my daughter just wants glass slippers! 

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October 18, 2013

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Hats

AnnaVirginia Fashion - Mickey and Minnie Mouse HatsThe weather is cooling down in Las Vegas – We’re in the mid 70s F for the high lately!  It’s been beautiful, especially since I was expecting warmer weather like last year (we had highs in the upper 90s F until mid-November).  It’s lovely that it feels like autumn.

I have been making my kids new hats every fall since they were each born.  It’s so much fun to come up with something new and fun each time.  This year I made something fun and I’m excited to share it!

My inspiration came from my son, who wants to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween.  There is more to come on his costume in a later post!  And when I made a Mickey hat for my son, I just had to make a Minnie hat for my daughter!

UPDATED: I’ve made a pattern for this hat!  It’s for children through adult sizes and is pretty easy.  You can find them at my Ravelry store or at my website in the Pattern shop.  If you don’t crochet but still want a hat, I can take custom requests at my email address: shopannavirginia@gmail.com.

Anyway, my kids love these hats and they love the compliments that they get!

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October 05, 2013

Pumpkin Baby Hat

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This is a hat I made for my new little niece. She will be about a month old on Halloween, and so her mama and daddy asked me to make a pumpkin hat to go with an outfit they chose.  I was so excited to make it!

It’s a fun, simple hat to make, and so I’ll divulge how I did it!

I used Peaches & Crème in Bright Orange and Soothing Aloe (the green).  The ribbon was from a collection of ribbons.

First, I used the Flapper-Girl Hat Pattern to make the hat. If you were going to make this hat for a boy, then you would simply omit the last round (a.k.a: Rnd 11; the shells; the brim) and don’t weave in the ribbon.

Supplies: Yarn needle

Next, you make the leaf, curly vines and stem.  Use green or brown yarn and a 4.0 mm hook (size G).

LEAF (based on a pattern by Julie Chen – Ravelry login required)
This pattern uses Picot stitch: Ch 3, sl st to first ch.
Ch 4
Rnd 1: Dc 11 times in first ch. Sl st to the first dc.
Rnd 2: In 1st dc – sc.
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In 2nd dc – dc, picot, dc.
In 3rd dc – tc, picot, tc, dc.
In 4th dc – sl st, sc.
In 5th dc – 2 dc.
In 6th dc – 3 dc, picot, 3 dc.
In 7th dc – 2 dc.
In 8th dc – sc, sl st.
In 9th dc – dc, tc, picot, tc.
In 10th dc – dc, picot, dc.
In 11th dc – sc. Sl st to top of first sc.
Fasten off, leaving a tail about 8 inches (20 cm) long to use to sew to hat.

Sew to hat so that the tip of the leaf points away from the top of hat.  Attach leaf from side point to other side point. Leave the rest of the leaf unsewn. If you want, you may decide to make another leaf.

For first vine, Ch 20. *In second ch from hook, 3 sc. 3 Sc in each ch. Fasten off, leaving an 8-inch (20 cm) tail for sewing.*
For second vine, Ch 30, and then repeat between **.
Attach each vine near center of hat and leaf. Weave in loose ends.
Ch 2.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in first ch. Sl st to first sc.
Rnd 2: Work in back loops for this rnd only. Sc in each st. Sl st to first sc. (5 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc in first two sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next two sts. Sl st to first sc. (6 sc)
Rnd 4: Sc in first three sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next two sts. Sl st to first sc. (7 sc)
Rnd 5: Sc in first three sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next three sts. Sl st to first sc. (8 sc)
Rnd 6: Sc in each st. Sl st to first sc. (8 sc)
Rnd 7: Sc in first 4 sts. 2 sc in next st. Sc in next three sts. (9 sc)
Rnd 8: Work in front loops for this rnd only. 2 sc in each st. (18 sc)
Fasten off, leaving an 8-inch (20 cm) tail for sewing.
Attach Rnd 8 of stem to center of hat, covering seams of leaf and vines.  Weave in loose ends.
Now it’s all done!  I think it’s so cute, and I hope it will work out for the baby!  I will be making a pair of booties to match!

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