101 Dalmatians Family Costumes

Looking for an easy family Halloween Costume???
I know I was! Little Miss is a die hard dog lover so this year she’s going to be a Dalmatian Puppy
Easy peasy! I just finished her costume and our costumes won’t take much work at all- just a quick rummage through the closet and maybe a trip to the thrift store. If you have a big family you could have lots of puppies:) Or have someone go as Cruella.
Maybe that’s what we should’ve dressed little miss sassy pants as:)
Although she does make a pretty cute puppy!
On Halloween I’m going to complete her outfit with a face painted nose and a dog collar. I decided to go with a skirt and sweater so she can wear the skirt for dress-up for the next few years. And I just love little girls in skirts:)
Depending on your fabric choice and accessories you could really use this to make any animal- cat, tiger, lion, cow??? Any other ideas? What are you doing for Halloween this year?
Ready to make your own?
  • Dalmatian Fabric
  • Scrap of fabric for the skirt liner
  • Tulle
  • Hot glue gun and a headband or hairclips
  • Black shirt to wear underneath
  • 1″ elastic
 1. Cut out your skirt piece. You want it to be about 2″ longer than your finished skirt and 1.5x your kid’s waist measurement. Sew up the side seams.

 2. Sew up the side seams of the liner. The liner should be the same width as the skirt but 4-5″ shorter. Cut a strip of tulle about 2-3x your skirt width and gather to match the width of the liner. Sew to the wrong side of the liner

 3. With wrong sides together slide the liner onto the skirt and position it 1.5″ down from the top. Stitch in place. If you want the tulle to peek out the bottom have the bottom edge of the tulle line up with the bottom edge of the skirt.

 4. Fold the top of the skirt down 1/2″ and then another 1″ towards the wrong side. It should now be covering the raw edge of the skirt liner. Stitch in place along the bottom edge leaving a gap to thread your elastic through. Cut your elastic to 2″ shorter than your kiddo’s waist, thread it through the casing and sew the ends together. Sew up the gap in the skirt.
(sorry about the sideways photo)

 5. Fold bottom edge of the skirt over twice and topstitch to create your hem.

 Skirt’s done! Time for the sweater
1. Use a sweater that fits well as a guide. Fold your sweater in half and place the fold of the sweater on the fold of your fabric. Cut around the sweater leaving a seam allowance at the side seam and some room at the bottom for hemming. Remember this is just a costume so it doesn’t need to be perfect:)

 2. Use the back piece as a guide to cut out 2 front pieces. Extend the center seam about 1.5″ so you have room to make a placket. Make sure you cut out a left and a right front piece.

 3. Use your sweater as a guide to cut out 2 sleeves. Sleeves are cut on the fold- the longer edge will be on the fold and the shorter edge that starts at the armpit is where your seam will go. Make sure you leave room for hemming the sleeve and sewing up the inseam.

 4. With right sides together sew the sweater front pieces to the back piece at the shoulder and side seams.

 5. With right sides together sew up the inseam of each sleeve.

 6. With right sides together sew the sleeves into the armhole openings of the jacket. If your sleeve is too big for the armhole opening you can gather it a bit along the top edge.

 6. I used my double needle to finish all of my edges. Since my fabric didn’t fray I just folded over once and then stitched it down. It looks great on the front and it does a little zig zag stitch on the back to hold everything down well.

7. First I used it on the neck line and the hem. Then I switched back to my regular needle. Fold the placket over to the wrong side and then stitch down about 1″ from the folded edge.

 I also used my double needle to hem the sleeves, but if you don’t like sewing in tight little spaces you may find it easier to use a regular needle.

 8. Add a button and button hole to the top of the placket. I decided to just do 1 button and keep it easy:)

Now for the accessories!
1. Cut out your tail and with right sides together sew up the side seam and the angled tip. Turn right side out and stuff. I forgot to take a finished photo, but I’m sure you can imagine it:) I just safety pin it to the back of her skirt.

 2. The ears are just 2 triangles. I sewed up the 2 angled edges with right sides together and then turned them right side out and hot glued one edge to hair clips. I just put little miss’ hair in pigtails and then stuff her hair inside the ears. I thought they would lie a bit flatter, but she has a lot of hair so they stick straight out:)


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