Y’ALL! I am D.O.N.E. with Halloween costumes two weeks before Halloween – this never happens! Today I’m sharing Bean’s costume (and I bet you can guess what Tater’s is from these pictures) a Robin Costume DIY, with a free pattern for the pants.
One of the reasons I’m actually done is that these were super easy to sew.
The costume breakdown:
- Mask, from this tutorial.
- Cape, same as this cape I made, just in yellow and without the embroidery.
- Top – Tee x 3 pattern with red body and green sleeves
- Applique on T-shirt made from this image
- Pants – see tutorial below
- Belt – a strip of felt with velcro tabs sewn on to close it.
- Boot covers, same as the ones I made last year with this tutorial
- Wrist cuffs – two rectangles of knit fabric sewn together at the last second when Bean insisted, “Robin wears these green things on his arms.” Me, “No, he doesn’t.” Bean, “Yes, it’s in ALL the books!” Then proceeded to bring me a library book as evidence. Good thing I had scraps from his pants.
To make the pants, you’ll need:
- 1 yard of knit fabric
- 24 inches or so of 1″ wide elastic
- To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)
Please note that all my patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this without a limited production license) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
This pattern is for a kids size 5. To make the pattern a different size, see this post. Or, to grade the easy way, just adjust the amount of elastic you use in the waist and lengthen or shorten the inseam (current finished inseam is 17 1/2″)
To sew, place the two pants pieces right sides together. Sew the curved crotch seams.
Fold the pants the other way, matching the seams and the raw edges of the inseam. Stitch in one long seam.
Fold the waistband right sides together, matching short ends. Sew across short end.
Pin waistband to pants top, right sides together. Stitch.
Fold waistband, covering seam from previous step. Pin and stitch, leaving an opening to insert elastic.
Cut elastic to 1″ shorter than your child’s waist measurement. (Not sure how to measure your kid? Watch this.) Using a safety pin, insert elastic in waistband. Stitch ends together, then stitch opening in waistband closed.
Turn bottom edge of pants up 1/2″ to the wrong side and stitch to hem. Or don’t – since you’re using knit, you can skip hemming.
Next week I’ll show you how I made Robin’s sidekick’s costume – again using this pants pattern.