Gathering Threads

Costumes That Go Bump in the Night

Posted by on Oct 07 2010, in Pattern review

After the great Jedi debacle of 2009, when Luke’s mother found herself sewing the elastic into the young hero’s pants at 8am on the day of the Hallowe’en party, she swore to herself next year would be different.

The force must be with me because because this year, I have my Hallowe’en costumes done…EARLY!

I know. I know. And they said pigs couldn’t fly, either.

First up is Mike Wazowski, the loveable, one-eyed assistant from Pixar’s Monster’s Inc, modelled here next to his human interpreter. 🙂

Andrew informed me in August of his costume intentions (no doubt encouraged by big brother’s timely assertion that he was going to be a certain English wizard) and when I found this wonderful double-sided green fleece, I knew it was perfect.

In a break with tradition, I didn’t draft my own pattern. Instead, I used Kwik Sew 3803.

The pattern was fantastic (frankly, I’ve never had a bad KwikSew pattern). Total construction time, including cutting and the ‘one big eyeball’ applique was three hours, start to finish. It took me another hour to make the pants, which are simply KwikSew jogging pants from Sewing for Toddlers. Given how chilly Canadian weather can be at the end of October, I added sleeves, using the sweatshirt pattern from the same book, and they fit perfectly. Hoorah for interchangeable pattern pieces!

All of the appliqué fabrics were stash except for the white polar fleece, which is actually the reverse of the green. I had far, far too much fun making the eyeball and eyelid, which included quilting the ‘iris’ and adding a little gleam courtesy of a tiny doll button.

And the the pees dew ray-zistance: the hardhat.

Again, it’s not new. It’s just a repurposed toy, painted with those great plastic paints and adorned with a very tiny, hand painted Monsters Inc. motif. Total cost, excluding the pattern: $21.  


  • That is so darned cute! One of the cutest I’ve seen.

  • You rock Claire! That eyeball is awesome!

  • Claire

    Thanks, ladies! It was lots of fun.