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Sewing for Halloween: Mythical Woodland Creatures Family Costumes

 My family does themed Halloween costumes every year and our kids wanted to be mythical woodland creatures this year!  I am so excited to share these makes with you all! I absolutely love the theme we picked and loved bringing each vision to life.   We chose pixies, dragons and unicorns as the creatures they wanted to dress up as.

First, my youngest is four years old and currently obsessed with all things unicorns, magical, fancy and glittery. She decided to be our unicorn of the group. I knew that the Juliet leotard from Petite Stitchery would be the perfect base for her costume. I only modified this pattern to add decorative glitter elastic to the back neckline and tulle flutters to the shoulder seam. I found some amazing burgundy stretch lace on clearance and layered this over a burgundy ponte I had on hand (which happened to be a near perfect match) for her leotard. This pattern also includes a free tutu with it so I used the waistband that was included but modified the tulle for hers. I used to be a tutu and bow maker so I have LOADS of 6″ rolls of tulle still sitting around. I decided to use up some of my existing tulle supply for this costume. I gathered 3 layers of burgundy and a top layer of gold glitter (FYI glitter tulle sheds EVERYWHERE so be prepared to be a walking glitter bomb if you go this route) and then attached these 4 layers to the waistband. I fully enclosed the tulle inside of the waistband for a nice clean finish. This resulted in a really fluffy tutu and was exactly the look we were going for. I would have loved to make her matching gold glitter tights but was unable to find a suitable fabric for this task so ended up ordering her tights on Amazon instead. I handmade her unicorn horn headpiece as well and that was probably the most fun part of making her costume!

Next, my nine-year-old chose a pixie as her costume. I was able to test out the new Raven pattern from Boo & Lu Patterns several weeks ago and knew instantly it would be an amazing pixie dress in an earth toned crushed velvet. I found a dusty olive crushed velvet from Knitpop that paired beautifully with this pattern. I have been wanting an excuse to sew up some wings from Twig and Tale for years so I jumped on the opportunity to finally buy their Woodland Sprite Wings pattern. I used the medium sized wings and couldn’t believe how much easier they were to sew up than I expected! I did slightly modify these wings to add wire into the top portion of the wings only to help retain their shape better as I used a thinner fabric than the pattern recommended. While they are not difficult they are time intensive so be sure to allow yourself ample time to put these together carefully and properly. Her floral crown was so fun to make as well and I love my daughter’s idea to add mushrooms and butterflies (both found on Amazon) into the crown for even more woodland whimsy!

My son was excited about his choice of dragon and even convinced me to sew up a matching dragon costume for our pup! I found this really fun crocodile embossed camo-look fabric in the Halloween fabrics at my local Joann store and he loved it for his costume. For this look I decided to use the Ultimate Costume Creator from Peekaboo Pattern Shop. I was intimidated about the zipper installation but it was actually super easy and had great instructions for installment. I did find the pattern ran a little big even when using his measurements but he didn’t mind and will get to wear it for dress up for a longer time. He declined the back spikes as he wanted to wear dragon wings instead so I only attached spikes to the hood portion of the costume. For his wings I used the Twig and Tale Dragon Wings in the medium size and also ordered the Mini Size for our dog’s costume. These wings turned out incredible and just made his costume! When sewing the mini size for my dog I decided to pair them with a Pet Movie Night Shirt (a FREE pattern!) from Sew A Little Seam. For the back piece, I cut mirrored pieces (with seam allowance added) instead of on the fold so that I could attach the wings inside this back seam. They made the cutest combo and I love what a good sport with our silly shenanigans our little Yorkie is!

Finally, my oldest also wanted to dress up as a pixie this year but wanted a totally different look than her sister. She had a vision for an all white dress in a full circle skirt with full fluttery sleeves. I found the most gorgeous embossed jacquard knit on sale from Surge Fabrics that made the perfect twirly dress. For her costume I used the Sorrel pattern with FREE circle sleeve add-on modified to have a deep 2″ hem. I sewed up a second pair of Woodland Sprite Wings in the medium sized as well (she wanted her wings on the smaller size) and also added the same wire modification to hers. She watched me make her sister’s floral crown and wanted to make her own without my help. I have to say that it turned out so pretty and I am quite impressed with her skills! Her costume turned out SO elegant, graceful and magical.

I just love sewing up our family costumes every Halloween and can’t wait to see what next year has in store! I would love to have you follow me on Instagram for my sewing adventures as well!

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