We’ve been enjoying hearing all the songs my daughter is learning at her Montessori school. They have been preparing for a spring concert this month, so of course she sings them at home or while driving with us in the car. When she told me that she was going to be a ladybug, I asked the teacher about costumes…to (somewhat thankfully) find out that they had everything they needed except some flowers.
So of course I volunteered. After a day or so of thinking, I decided to make simple hoods–easy to fit different kids and not interfering with vision or actions. And I also thought it would be nice to share with you how I came up with the pattern.
The first thing I did of course is look at Pinterest. I only recently joined, so I’m just learning…but I found a few ideas. Then I pulled out an old Hallowe’en costume pattern (for a cat, bear, rabbit, or bat). If you don’t have an existing hood pattern, you’ll have to draft your own–try tracing out a hood from a sweater.
I slashed the pattern where I wanted the flower petals to sit (then taped it back together later because I needed it for the lining) and also folded over the dart that the original pattern used for the ears, since I wouldn’t need it. I added seam allowances and cut out a front hood and side hood. I did the same to divide the center back piece, so that I could cut the back out of green and the front out of the light pink.
I then drafted a flower petal and cut out four pairs from the dark pink. You’ll notice that two pairs have a slight curve on the bottom, I realized after making the first hood I needed the extra curve around the top of the head.
The fabric I used for the hood is broadcloth, fairly lightweight, so I interfaced with a light-medium fusible. I used a medium-heavy fusible on the petals, which are a cotton-poly poplin, to ensure they would stand up. This was all stash fabric–the green is probably at least 15 years old, which I had bought for making a muslin for a dress.
I cut lining pieces (using the original pattern pieces) out of a beige knit . I thought it would be very comfortable to wear although I knew it would be a bit tricky to work with when it came time to sew the hood to the lining.
I’ll show you how I sewed the pieces together in my next post (once I’ve actually done it, LOL)!
Part 2 is here.