Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Liam the Lion

Halloween is very near and dear to my heart. Any holiday that allows me to dress in costume and eat treats all day is okay in my books. I've had some great costumes over the years (I am right now donning  the bee costume I made a few years ago that has made the rounds with all my friends who needed something last minute, and also inspired last year's flower/bee couples costume (B, you were a real champ).

This year, I was very happy to focus on the newest member of the family and welcome him into the tradition.

I used McCalls 6105. I nearly loose my mind from the cuteness every time I look at this pattern envelope.

Here is my pattern review:
Pattern Description: 
TODDLERS' COSTUMES: Included in this envelope are instructions and pattern pieces to make skunk (A), lion (B), monkey (C), elephant (D) and panda (E). I made the lion.

Pattern Sizing:
I had the 1/2 size. Liam is a tall 14 month old. I had to add an inch to the torso length, and it fit him perfectly (but probably not for long).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They jump around a lot, but they include a lot of good illustrations. I ended up following the instructions for one of the other views by accident when putting in the elastic at the wrist, but it ended up being easier and less fiddly. The pattern envelope doesn't list all of the notions you need to make this, and I still don't know where that information is. I didn't use cording for the hood around the face as a result. Besides the ribbon, I luckily had everything I needed in my stash (zipper, lining, contrasting fabric, velcro).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that it's a basic body suit with really cute details that take it to another level entirely. 

Fabric Used:
I had this sandy coloured sweatshirt fleece in my stash that was going to be used for a hoodie for myself, but I was more than happy to repurpose it. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I asked my sister to measure Liam from the base of his neck to his crotch. Finding that measurement to be exactly the same as measuring the pattern at the same spot, I added an inch to the torso and it was a perfect fit. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This costume is great. If i get the opportunity, I will definitely make it again. 

I need to add that Liam, upon realizing that he had a tail, proceeded to chase it, turning around about 3 times before falling down. It was hilarious.
I entered this in the PR costume contest. Please vote from me if you like it!
Happy Halloween!!!!


  1. Oh that's so cute! We're expecting a new niece or nephew next year, so I think this pattern is a must. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. That is so adorable! The tail really is the best part. Well, also the mane. But the tail is just too cute.