Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume

Cat Costume Details – DIY Cat Costume –

For Girls With Attitude – Part 2

Sophia came by and tried on the cat costume dress before we added the ‘Cat Costume Details’.  It was a perfect fit, fortunately.  We did take her measurements and matched them to a size 10 and that’s what we made.

She pranced all around the house in it.  Clearly, she likes it.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2  on

While she was wearing it, we pinned on the boa ‘tail’.  We were thinking of adding the boa to the hemline, too.  That was too much and distracted from the tail.  We ended up deciding to sew the boa around the neckline only.  The boa placed right on the hem of the neckline, I felt, was a little too close to her face.  We decided to sew it 5/8″ from the edge of the neckline.  It was a minor adjustment but we felt it was warranted.

I bought two of these boas and because we decided against using it for the hemline, the second wasn’t necessary.  Sometimes you just need to recognize when too much is too much and let it go.  This was one of those cases.

Cat Costume Details

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The Tail

The Boa is so light that no reinforcement had to be added to the dress.  I simply hand stitched the boa  through the fabric and through the seam allowance in the middle of the back of the dress.  A few stitches through the added bulk of the seam allowance was enough to secure and support the lightweight boa.

Then, Sophia told me how she wanted the ears.  She did not want them on a headband.  She wanted them on hair clips.  She remembered Emily’s fox costume from last year and wanted them to look similar to hers.

I showed her the fabric and tried to fashion an ear shape and explained I had planned to use black panne velour for the inside of the ear.  She wanted some wispy fur, too.  (This child has a creative mind!)

Grabbing a piece of the boa, I placed it on the leopard print ear shape around the outer edge.  She said, “Yes!”

I am not sure how to affix it to where it should go!  Lol!  Working on this…

How To Make Cat Ears

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First of all, you need to cut two ear shapes from each, the leopard print fabric, the lining fabric, and the fusible fabric interfacing.  ‘I added the Pellon, or fabric interfacing, thinking it would stiffen the ears a little and keep them more upright.




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Stack the ear shape print fabric with the fusible webbing on top of the black facing fabric, right sides together.

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Stitch 1/4″ from the outer edges, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.




Turn the ear shape right side out now.  Stitch the opening closed along the bottom edge with a needle and thread.  When I stitched the bottom edge, I took a little pleat in the middle of the black lining fabric and pinned it before sewing the edge.  It helped the panther fabric roll around the edge better.  I did not iron this.  It wasn’t necessary.

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You will also need to attach the ears to some type of hair clips or a headband.  Sophia did not want a headband.  Yes, I think it would have been easier to do that! 

I bought these hair clips and attached one to the ear.  It just was not working the way I had envisioned.  If I had made the ears smaller, it probably would have worked better.  Plan B is necessary.

What is plan B?  Why, asking my daughter, Tiffany, the hair stylist, of course!  She is sure to have an idea of what will work the best!

Update:  We asked Tiffany and she suggested we make three loops. using thread, along the bottom of the ear where hairpins could be attached.  That is what we did.  Each loop was made of multiple threads large enough for the plastic coated ends to slip through easily.  She said she could tease her hair up a little to help support them if necessary.Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on

 Arm Gauntlets

The arm gauntlets, on the other hand, were too small.  The size 10 was too tight to even get over her hand!  They were too tight for me but I thought her hands were smaller.  Well, they are not.  Our hands are almost the same size!  This child is not going to be height impaired like her Grammy!Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on

The reason for this is simple.  The fabric we purchased was a knit but it did not have as much stretch as some knits.  If we had used a panne velour, it would not have been a problem.  If you’re making these, keep that in mind.  Use a knit with plenty of stretch.  I ended up making the size 14 pattern for these and only taking a 1/4″ seam in those.

Finishing up the ears, buying some black tights, boots, and shopping for the cat eye sunglasses will be the next step.  I’ve got to show Sophia these glasses from Amazon, which look perfect!  (We are an Amazon affiliate and may receive a small percentage of any sale at no cost to you if you purchase through this link.  Thank you for supporting this website.)Cat Costume Details - DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude - Part 2 on

Update:  The glasses are in and they are purr-fect!  They even came with a little fabric bag!

Click here for ►Part 1 – DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude! 

We are well ahead of schedule for Sophia’s Halloween costume but Aidan’s outfit is going to be much more involved, Master Chief (Halo)…  That is a challenge!

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DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude

DIY Cat Costume For Girls!  This is going to make an adorable, fashion-forward costume for Sophia, my granddaughter!  A picture from an ad for Target in an old magazine inspired Sophia’s costume this year.  We both started brainstorming as soon as I showed it to her.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on

Cat Costume Plan

Yes, she wants bracelets and we have plans to make some to match!  I think the little plain black choker necklace we made earlier will be perfect to go with this outfit!

Tiffany, who is a hair stylist, and Sophia will figure out the hairstyle and do her nails in perfect feline fashion for Halloween night!

 At first, she said she wanted to be a black panther but a golden leopard print would definitely enhance her coloring.  From my fabric stash, I retrieved some leopard print fabric leftover from an evening dress I made for Sophia’s mother when she was in high school!  As soon as she saw it, she grabbed it and started feeling the soft fabric and the black panther idea was history.  (She is a sucker for soft fabrics!)DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on

A trip to the fabric stores left me a little disappointed.  I couldn’t find the same fabric, which looked richer and had more of a nap to it, but I did find a leopard print.  There was very little left on the bolt and I grabbed it while I could.  You can see a difference in the picture below.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comDIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on

McCall’s pattern M7492 seemed to be a perfect pattern for this little costume.  Sophia really liked the arm gauntlet and wants the sleeveless dress.

The dress is going to be made from the newly purchased fabric but the ears will be made from the fabric scrap we already had.  It’s a little more plush and Sophia wants to use it.  What do you think?  Black velvet for the inside of the ears?

We also bought a couple of boas for the tail and maybe we will sew some around the neckline and along the hemline. (We are an Amazon affiliate and will receive a small percentage of any sales through these links at no cost to you.  Thanks for supporting this website.) 

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At first I had planned to buy black boas but Sophia and I spotted these with brown coloring online and thought they would be perfect and yes they are!


Only 3 pattern pieces are needed for the little dress and 1 pattern piece for the arm gauntlet.  It took no time to lay out the fabric and cut out the pattern.  There are no facings.  The arm hole and neckline edges are folded back and stitched.  How easy is that?   

It would be easy to substitute a different simple A-line dress pattern to create a similar look.

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This little dress went together quickly in one afternoon!  The pattern calls for a knit fabric, and with that extra stretch,making the narrow hem was easy on the neckline, the armholes, and the bottom of the skirt.  The arm gauntlets were really easy to make, too.DIY Cat Costume - For Girls With Attitude on

Now, I’m waiting for Sophia to drop by, try on the dress to make sure it fits, and decide whether to add the boa around the neckline and around the hem. DIY Cat Costume – For Girls With Attitude update coming Monday…

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DIY Dog Coat – Easy To Make And Stylish!

DIY Dog Coat – Easy To Make And Stylish!

DIY Dog Coat – Easy To Make And Stylish!

February 11, 2017

   It is so easy to make a stylish DIY dog coat!  A couple of years ago, when I had taken Lady to the groomer, the owner was trying to interest me in a dog coat forLady, our Maltese.  She excitedly told me about the fashionable coats a lady makes and supplies to her shop.


   Funny, I have sewn since I was a fourth grader and never even thought to make a coat for our own dog!  As I looked at the coats she had, I realized the quality was not very good.  If you sew, you know what I mean.  Don’t you always look at the seams and the way things are put together?   Regardless of whether you like to iron or not, I believe it is imperative to iron everything as you sew and assemble a garment.  It makes a huge difference in the final product.

    That day, I went home and looked for inspiration on Pinterest.  Several sites had free patterns for dog coats.  I chose a site and made a copy of the pattern for a small dog. This pattern can be found here ►DIY Cozy Fleece Dog Coat.   The fabric store also has patterns.  When I found these on sale, I purchased a couple of those for future coats.  The coats can easily be made in an afternoon.

    Going through my fabric scraps I found a gray leopard print and some red velour knit fabrics.  I think Lady looked pretty cute in these, but I decided the knit fabric did not lay as nicely or have as much body as I wanted it to have.  A tab runs under her belly and that has Velcro on it, which holds nicely.  The pattern called for the Velcro to hold the front together around her neck, but it came loose too easily.

     I went to the fabric store and found some large snaps. One heavy duty snap sewn to the front tabs worked perfectly.

   Yes, Lady is a pampered indoor pup.  She does not like the cold or the heat.  The little coats come in handy in the dead of winter.

    In this picture, it is clear what the coat looks like laid out flat.  You can see the big snap in the picture.  To camouflage it completely, you can see a big sparkly button was added.  The original pattern was without very much style, so I added pockets.  (My family laughed at me.)  I added velvet bows on the pockets.

   This houndstooth fabric was also in my scraps.  I decided I wanted a quilted fabric to give the coat a little more body.  There was some black satin in my scraps and I had some lightweight, fusible fabric lining.  To make the quilted fabric, I cut a piece of fabric big enough for the collar and the body of the coat.  Then cut the interfacing the same size and ironed it lightly onto the black fabric.  Using the quilting guide attachment, I quilted a square pattern over the entire piece of black fabric.


   Then it was just a matter of cutting out the pattern on the quilted fabric and the houndstooth.  Before the fabric and the lining were sewn together, I made the pockets, lining them with the black quilted fabric, too.

    The cut pieces of fabric and lining for the pockets were just sewn right sides together, leaving a small opening for turning.  Then, they were turned right-side out and ironed flat.

    To be sure where the pockets would look best, I  laid the coat piece on Lady and marked where they should be.  The little pocket was stitched onto the houndstooth fabric on three sides leaving the top open.  The black bow was handstitched onto the pocket front.


     Next, was just putting the right sides of the large pieces together, and leaving an opening for the collar, sewing around the rest of it.  That was turned inside out and pressed.  The same thing was done with the collar, leaving the bottom open, and then turning right side out, and pressing.  The collar was then sewn to the body of the coat and the lining was blindstitched to the underside of the collar.  I also stitched around the entire coat, close to the edge, which you can see in the picture.


   Detailed instructions for this are on the Compulsive Craftiness.  I just added some fashion details.  Hopefully, this inspires you to make your own DIY Dog Coat!  It’s  Easy To Make And Stylish, too!


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DIY Pirate Costume – How To – Your Little Girl Would Love This

DIY Pirate Costume – How To – Your Little Girl Would Love This

October 27, 2016

Part 1 -DIY Pirate Costume

    Your Little Girl Would Love This DIY Pirate Costume, too!  My granddaughter, Sophia, has decided she wants to be a pirate for Halloween.  Remember, she and I had planned on making a ‘voodoo doll’ costume, but her mother nixed that one?  


   Well, she finally decided upon a ‘pirate costume’.  The tricorn pirate hat in an earlier post was for this costume.  It turned out so beautiful!

  She already has some brown boots to wear.  We decided to use black and brown for the costume.  There is brown trim on the hat and brown in the fabric for the waist cincher.

   First, I made a little white dress from this McCall’s pattern and some leftover white fabrics I had.  Yes, I said ‘fabrics’, plural.  I found some white fabric that seemed to suit the top well, but there wasn’t enough to make the skirt from it, too.  

   Then, I remembered I had some white satin fabric, found it, and made the skirt from it.  The pattern instructions were followed for the most part for the dress, except for adding lace to the neck and sleeves. 

    The lace was added before inserting the elastic.  The lace was stitched up to the opening for the elastic, cut long enough to cover the opening.  The elastic was sewn together, the loose lace was stitched on top of the stitching. 

   Now, it awaits Sophia’s return so we can adjust the hem and finish it.  Some additional lace will adorn the skirt, too.


    While this pattern has overskirt patterns, which we could have used, we found this beautiful gathered black fabric!

 We could imagine this as an overskirt, shorter in the front and longer in the back.

    This pattern has a cumberbund, but I used an adult pattern for a waist cincher and cut it out of muslin first.  (I couldn’t find a waist cincher pattern for little girls.)  The seams were sewed up and I actually pinned this to Sophia’s top with the seams out.  (The cincher uses laces, which I obviously didn’t make for the muslin version.)  Adjustments were made, taking in a little here and there.

   At first, the plan was for the laces to be tied in the back, like the pattern.  Since we planned for the two sides of the black fabric to come together in the front, the plan changed.  The back of the muslin was stitched together and the front was cut in half and a seam allowance was added.

    You can see that I wrote right on the muslin so I would remember to cut out the back on the fold and which piece was the back, the side, and the front.  The front was drawn out on paper and re-figured.

   The new front piece drawn on the paper was used to cut the faux-leather fabric and the lining fabric.  The rest of the pieces from the muslin were used as patterns to cut the remaining pieces.

    Black fusible interfacing was also cut for the two front sections and ironed on for added support for the grommets.  Then, the brown fabric was stitched together.

   Some black satin fabric was used for the lining.  The pieces were cut and sewn together just like the brown fabric.  The seams were ironed and right sides together, the brown fabric and the lining were pinned and stitched, leaving the bottom edge open.


    The top and the front edges were understitched as much as possible so the facing would roll to the inside and not be seen.   Then, the waist cincher was turned right side out and ironed.  A pressing cloth was used to protect this faux-leather fabric.


    The black gathered fabric was laid out on the cutting board and cut straight.  The fabric was then divided into four equal sections across the top of the straight edge and marked with straight pins.  Two rows of basting stitches for the gathering were sewn the whole width of the fabric. 

   This fabric is nylon so it won’t unravel!  After sewing it to the top, all we have to do is cut it to the right length! 

   With the right sides together, the gathered edge of the skirt top was pinned to the bottom edge of the waist cincher.  The edges of the black fabric were pinned to the front edges.  The middle pin was pinned to the middle back of the waist cincher.  The other two pins were matched and pinned to the side seams.

   Then, the basting threads were pulled to gather, adjusted, and pinned.  The gathered edge was stitched to the waist cincher, leaving the facing loose.

  The facing was pinned to the cincher over the top of the gathered edge and sewn leaving an opening about five inches wide in the center back section.

   Then, the seam allowance at the corners was clipped to allow for sharp corners when turned out, the skirt was pulled through the opening, and the cincher was pulled right side out. The cincher was then pressed again.  The opening was pinned to the skirt and blind-stitched closed.


   The placement for the grommets was marked with straight pins and an awl was used to mark the holes.  The grommets were then applied with a grommet plier. ►How to Apply Grommets.

   Sophia comes today to try on the dress and we will decide on the hem length.  We will also cut the over skirt and decide whether to cut it up shorter in the front, creating a high-low look, or not.  Can’t wait to see it on her!…

  Part 2 – The reveal and finishing touches for this will follow this week, but I am sure Your Little Girl Would Love This Pirate Costume, too!


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Step by Step Directions For Making Continuous Double Fold Bias Tape

Step by Step Directions For Making Continuous Double Fold Bias Tape
 January 23, 2016
    Step by step directions for making continuous double fold bias tape can be found here, and it’s a lot more simple than I ever imagined!  Although I have been making ‘double fold bias tape’ for years, when I made the baby blanket for Memphis, I used this method for the first time.   For years, I have heard of the continuous strip method but have never tried it.  Up to this point, I have cut the 2-inch strips on the bias, sewn them together and then using the little bias tape maker in the picture above, ironed the strip to make the double fold bias tape.

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   Wow!  Why did I wait so long?  This method is easy and definitely faster.  A fifteen inch square of fabric will make a little over three yards.  I needed two of these to make the baby quilt.  A bigger square would have produced more bias tape, but the piece of fabric left from the baby quilt less than half of a yard.


    The first step is cutting a square of fabric.  Cut off the selvage edge and fold the fabric diagonally into a triangle to make a perfect square.  Trim off the extra fabric.  

    Cut along the diagonal fold, as shown in the picture above, which will leave you with two identical right triangles.

    With one triangle facing up and one facing down, line up the edges, as shown above, and sew a 1/4″ seam as shown.

    When you open the sewn triangles and lay flat, you will have created a parallelogram.  Iron the seam flat.

    With a fabric pen, mark every 2-inches on the left side and the right side of the parallelogram.  Connect the marks, creating 2-inch sections, as indicated above by the broken lines. 

    Fold the fabric in half and match the lines.  Notice you have to offset the first 2- inch section so that the edge will be offset on both ends.  Pin and sew a 1/4″ seam.  It is critical that these lines match up and look like the picture above after the seam is sewn.   This is the line you will cut.  Double check to make sure the lines match.  If they don’t, rip out the seam and redo.


   When your lines are matching, iron, and begin cutting on one offset end, as shown in the upper right corner of the picture above.  Lift the fabric and only cut through the top layer of fabric, following the drawn lines.

When you finish cutting, the end result should look like this, one continuous length of 2-inch wide bias fabric.

    Using a 2″ bias tape maker, insert one end of the fabric into the tool and thread through to the opposite end.

    Pull the wire handle back and hold as you iron the tape and guide it easily through the tool.  (The handle will keep your fingers from being burned by the steam from the iron.)  Continue ironing until the entire piece is transformed into double fold bias tape ready to be used on your latest project.  To pin this click here►Double Fold Bias Tape.


   These step by step directions for making continuous double fold bias tape show what an easy process it really is!


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