Hanging with my gnomies

My best friend has 3-year-old twin daughters and I’ve been lucky enough to have made their halloween costumes every year. And by that, I mean I staked my claim to make their costumes before they were born. I mean what’s more fun than making tiny costumes for an identical set of humans? Nothing I tell you. Nothing.

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The first year I made them I was in a corporate clothing design role and hadn’t sewn anything in months. I was just so mentally drained after being creative all day every day at work that the last thing I wanted to do was be creative when I got home. It’s all very different now that I’m in a less creative product development role at work, which I’m loving since it means I’m way more creative in my own time, but 3 years ago it was very exciting that I actually wanted to dig my sewing machine out to make these tiny costumes.

These sweet babies were premature, as most twins are, so they were teeny tiny 3-month-old babies when Halloween rolled around. I altered the newborn pattern size to be smaller and the costumes were still too big. I think they totally worked out, but since they live three hours away from me and I didn’t have them in front of me to fit, I was just sort of winging it.

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The hard part for me once this Halloween costume idea was decided on, was figuring out what to use as the starting point. I decided pretty early on to do some sort of sleeper or onesie since I figured it would be cold out. If I were to make these costumes again, I would use a lighter weight fleece.  I probably also would have made the belt brown and the bottom half of the costume black so it looked like a shirt and pants. But that’s the beauty of hindsight, right? I’ve had 3 years to mull this all over.

I did a bunch of research online and finally decided to use McCall’s Pattern 6627 for these baby Halloween costumes. I made my own belt and gnome hat, but I think the little sleep sack silhouette was perfect. I also made a bib in the shape of a beard out of terry cloth.

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garden gnomes

garden gnomes

garden gnomes

garden gnomes

Jackson is one of those dogs that needs to be by his humans at all times. So sometimes he has to deal with my antics.

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