It’s that magical time of the year where the weather gets cooler and we transcend into Fall. Since we live in Central Texas, Fall doesn’t mean jeans and sweaters, evenings by the fire, or the changing of leaves. Some days it can still be in the 90′s in October. So for us, since we are in love with all things magical, Fall means the beginning of the holiday season, in particular Halloween. My four year old son shares my absolute love of all things goulish and we start planning in August (or sometimes even before that time, like after the previous Christmas). This year, G was so excited, we made a countdown calendar mid-August and started decorating the last weekend of September. We’ve also been planning his costume for quite a while as well. My son, G, shares my creativity much to my excitement and sometimes my frustration. This year I was hoping his obsession with superheros would lead me down the path of a store bought costume, but in true to him style, he cooked up a superhero named Super Snake. Half man, half snake. He has two tails and two tongues, but still walks like a man and has arms.
So, we sat down and drew out a design. Anything off of his vision and he would have been upset, so it’s best for us to draw a picture first. Note this is my hand drawing, not his as some have assumed.
I gathered my supplies and got to work. I don’t normal work with knit and now know that I have some more learning to do. The knit kept getting caught in my sewing machine and got a bit misshapen when I stretched it while stitching.
I started by tracing a pair of G’s pajama bottoms. I knew I wanted the costume to be snug in true superhero fashion, so I was careful not to get too generous with the seam allowances. I was also sure to use two knits in different colors for that awesome superhero undies look. Adds to the cuteness in my opinion.
For the shirt, I again traced a pj top of G’s. I also took some extra gold knit and sewed it on the front of the top to make “scales” for the snake’s belly. I used the same scale technique for the tails and G even helped me stuff them.
I sewed the tails onto some reflective tape and added a clip belt buckle. I’m hoping this will keep him safe in the dark as cars drive by on trick-or-treat night.
G is very proud of his costume. I’m very happy to put a smile on his face and encourage his creativity.