Right before we left, we got to see little Jack open his gift from us and from Jason and Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking. Suzannah had made little Jack a hat like Max’s from the story “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was so adorable I asked for a few tips for all my readers out there still trying to figure out Halloween costumes this year.
I of course sized it down for a baby’s head–I guessed Jack’s head measurement after reading a commercial hood/hat pattern for toddlers. I used a tiny volleyball we had sitting around as a head model as I sewed! Was a little tricky to guess the placement of the ears for a baby but it worked out.
I made the outer hat out of wool felt to make it nicer (and a better/more true to the original color) and lined it with a thick cotton/spandex knit I had in ivory. That’s the main difference–the poly fleece gets icky and dirty looking fast and I’m sensitive to it looking cheap. I’m sort of a snob against fleece, though. No offense to everyone who likes it. I used the lining fabric on the inside of the ears and the felt on the other side, so they had different texture.
I was sure to understitch around the whole thing so the lining stayed in place, and I left the center back open so I could turn it inside out there and close it up in a hidden place.
I didn’t want to give baby Jack wires for the whiskers so I used black soutache braid trim–it’s the suuuuper narrow shiny stuff you can make/applique loops with, but in short enough pieces it stood out enough for whiskers that weren’t too droopy. I also put a little piece of velcro at the neck closure; not sure why the Instructables tutorial doesn’t do that.
I used millinery wire to make the ears stand up, and stuffed them with stuffing. I bent the millinery wire down at the corners so it doesn’t poke his head.
Thanks Suzannah for the tips! I love making Halloween costumes, but sometimes am stumped on how to make the most of a pattern. Changing up the suggested fabrics and materials to make it better for me is a great idea! Check out Suzannah’s blog for lots of awesome sewing tips and some really wonderful tutorials that have great step-by-step photos!