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DISGUISE: costumes for the dress up bin

DISGUISE: Costumes For The Dress-up Bin

When Halloween rolls around, I  find I’m  in a constant argument with myself.  The creative part of me wants to go all out with the Halloween costumes, pull out all the stops.  If I let myself, I could spend hours adding sequence, or scales, or feathers.  There’s been years (way back when there was only one kid to sew for) where I would take months creating family themed outfits.  I highly admire and envy those that put in the time to make Halloween costumes that turn heads. But, these days, the realistic side always takes over and I realize I have three children who will wear those amazing costumes for just a few short hours, one day out of the year. A few years ago, I promised myself that I would stick to sewing Halloween items that could be used all year long.  My kids love dress-up play, so finding items to keep their imaginations running wild is easy.

If you fall into the realm of practicality, here’s a list of disguises that, in my opinion, will keep the kids coming back day after day.



1.  Lion Mask         2.  Lumberjack Beard            3.  Superhero Masks            4.  DIY Animal Masks

Masks: Whether they are superheros, safari animals, monsters, or covert spy disguises, masks can be used for all sorts of imaginary experiences.  If you utilize heavy-duty fabrics such as wool felt and fleece, this is something you can be sure will stand up through the test of children’s play.  Kids can mix and match all the live-long day and never get bored.


1.  Cozy Pilot Hat            2.  Yoda Hat             3.  Lace Princess Crown            4.  Fleece Viking Hat

Hats:  Hats, like masks are easily put on and removed as the child’s play takes a new turn.  Hats are the first item pulled from the dress-up bin.  Hats are great as kids learn about the many different rolls people play in the world around them, through  history, as well as roll playing their favorite bedtime stories.  And let’s face it, if you live in an area that’s guaranteed to involve winter jackets for trick-or-treating, the hat is going to make the Halloween costume.


1.  Fox Cape           2.  Dino Hoodie            3.  Owl Wings          4.  Butterfly Wings             5.  Shark Hoodie

Hoodies, Ponchos, and Capes: Have you noticed a theme to the year-round dress-up bin?  Everything is easy off-easy on.  Kids love capes and ponchos because they slip so easily over whatever they already have on.   As a seamstress, I love the fact that one pattern, altered just slightly or embellished with alternate materials can produce hundreds of different costumes.  Hoodies are just as easily disguised and provide your little one with zipper practice as well.  And again, if you live in a typically cold Halloween town, ponchos and capes wrap right over that down jacket.


Whether you decide to go all out on your Halloween disguises or stick to basic accessories that can be used all year long, we want to see your creations for Kids Clothes Week.

Which  disguises are you planning to sew?

celina bailey from petit a petit and family

KCW Plans: What I Plan To Sew

Hello! My name is Celina and I blog over at Petit a Petit and Family, where I talk mostly about kids design in all it’s shapes and forms, as well as showcase some of my own creations and occasionally even share some tutorials and DIY’s.

I studied fashion design and had my own little label of kids up-cycled clothing, as well as a children’s boutique were I sold collections from small indie and local Montreal designers. I started my little blog back in february of 2011, when I decided to find a “real” full time job and give up on my dream of designing kids clothes. It wasn’t until a few months later, in May, where I discovered the KCW challenge and actually started sewing for my own kids and blogging about it. After that first time I was hooked, I looked forward to KCW all year, it never came fast enough!  All this to say, KCW is what has introduced me to the lovely sewing blog community and has actually made me want to sew for my kids. Until this spring, I sewed only when KCW came around and everyone in my house knew not to bother me or that we might be eating pizza every night that week! I take challenges very seriously.

preparing for KCW- making lists

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