A Black Kitten for Halloween

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

Happy Halloween everyone! When I was prioritizing my sewing plans for this month (so many plans, so little time!), I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make baby girl a costume for her very first Halloween.  She just loves cats, and I thought it would be pretty easy to make her a cat costume.  Well, more like a kitten costume!

First, I needed a little fabric.  I chose Mood Fabric’s black wool crepe because of course she had to be a black cat.  It is Halloween after all!  Next, I needed a cute pattern.  I dug through my stash and came up with the Oliver + S Bubble Dress.  The bubble skirt just kills me every time.  After that, all that was left was planning the extra cat details, like a crafty tail and ears.  Ideally, she’d also have a little painted-on nose and whiskers, but I don’t trust her to keep face paint on for more than five seconds!

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

When I started to cut out the pieces from the wool crepe, I actually had second thoughts about making an all-black dress for a little girl.  There was something a bit too morbid about it, even for this lover of all things Halloween.  So, I decided to make the skirt from Mood’s black and gray striped wool jersey instead (sold out, but more Mood wool jerseys here).

It was really easy to add a tail.  I just sewed a curvy tube of wool crepe, flipped it right-side out, stuffed it with a bit of polyfil, and pinned it into the center back seam when I was sewing the dress together.  The ears are made of fabric glued to cardboard and sewn to fold-over elastic.  They were a good idea in theory, but poor in practice.  Sadly, most of the time they’re drooped forward like so:

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

Sad ears, but, hey, look!  A tail!

The skirt features some of my best stripe matching yet. Take a look at those stripes above! Also, it turns out wool + crawling on the floor + two cats + a house that’s not cleaned as often as it should be = an extra realistic cat costume covered in actual cat fur!  Would you believe I rolled all the lint off this costume before putting it on her?  It doesn’t take long though for a little girl to find all the best dust bunnies, especially when playing peek-a-boo in the curtains!

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

Since it’s a little hard to see the dress on a little girl who won’t stop moving, here it is on a hanger:

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

The dress closes in the back with three buttons:

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

The bodice is lined with a bit of Mood’s purple silk crepe de chine (sold out, but similar here), and the skirt is self lined:

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

Following the pattern and instructions led to a garment with really neat insides.  The lining of the bodice is machine sewn to the bodice in such a way as to enclose both the neckline and armholes, the lining of the skirt is machine sewn to the skirt in such a way as to form the bubble hem, and the lining of the bodice is then hand sewn to the skirt in such a way as to enclose the waist seam.  The only downside is that you can only machine under stitch a few inches of the neckline the way the garment is constructed.  I ended up hand under stitching around both the neckline and the armholes in order to keep the lining from peeking out.  Next time I will cut the lining a wee bit smaller than the outer bodice to help keep it tucked inside better. Finally, I followed the instructions and topstitched the opening in the skirt below the button placket, but in hindsight it would have been just as easy to invisibly hand stitch it closed since I was already doing so much hand stitching on the inside.

I hope baby girl enjoys her very first Halloween.  We plan to walk in the neighborhood parade with her cousin, and then she’ll probably have to call it an early night – she is only nine-months old after all!

Sew Well - Halloween Black Kitten - Oliver + S Bubble Dress made from #MoodFabrics

Trick or treat!

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  • noecassandre
    October 31, 2014

    joli!!!

    • Sew Well
      October 31, 2014

      Pretty! Thank you!

  • gMarie
    October 31, 2014

    This is darling! Love, love that last picture. And what a lucky Baby Girl wearing such luscious fabrics. g

    • Amy
      November 3, 2014

      Thanks. And, what a lucky mom to be able to keep the leftover yardage for herself! Baby clothes use up such little fabric!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 1, 2014

    What a beautiful child and great costume! Happy Halloween :)

    • Amy
      November 3, 2014

      Happy Halloween to you, too! I bet your girls were even more stylish back when they were young. Now they’re getting married!

  • Lori
    November 1, 2014

    Oh, Amy she is such a cutie, perfect little kitten.

    • Amy
      November 3, 2014

      Thanks! It was fun to see her dressed as a kitten crawling after our cats all day on Halloween!

  • Fiona
    November 1, 2014

    O Amy she is so beautiful! What a lucky little girl to have such a great halloween costume made for her! The stripes were a great decision

    • Amy
      November 3, 2014

      Thanks! I didn’t want her to look like she was getting ready to attend a funeral, so I’m glad I added something to jazz up the black.

  • DebB
    November 6, 2014

    What an absolute doll! Choosing those stripes was a genius move on your part – very designer-like Halloween costume!