Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Miss Mouse for a Day

I have a little book that I bought at a church youth fundraiser called The Smart Little Mouse.  It's an old children's book with really cute illustrations.  The mouse in the story strongly resembles Miss S, so for Halloween, I decided to make her a little mouse costume.  

I used Simplicity 2506 for the costume.  It was a perfectly adequate pattern, but I think I've been spoiled by the fantastic instructions that come with the Oliver + S patterns.  I made it in a short pile, midweight upholstery velveteen that I got at Joann on super clearance for less than $2.00/yard.

 I used a light pink flannel for the belly, ears and tail.  I also made the little booties that are shown on the pattern cover, but Miss S tries to pull anything that is on her feet off, so I just gave up on them :)

We were visiting my husband's brother and his family in New Orleans over the weekend, so we brought the costume along and dressed Miss S up for a Halloween party there.

We had a great time in New Orleans.  We visited Lake Pontchartrain, the French Quarter and Saint Charles Street.  My husband originally was planning to run a half marathon with two of his brothers, but due to flight delays, we arrived in the middle of the night and got to sleep just an hour before he would have to get up to run the race.  He was too exhausted and opted not to run, which I think was the right choice.  We still had a lot of fun, in spite of the travel issues.

Holly's skirt arrived and she sent me pictures.  I think she looks great and I'm glad it fit her okay.  It's always a gamble to sew something for someone when they can't try it on.  The dimension I measured incorrectly was length, so it ended up a couple inches too long.  She just re-hemmed it, and it looks perfect.  Isn't she cute? :)


  1. Brittany,
    I just found your blog! I love the Mouse Costume!! I am planning to make it for my daughter for Halloween. I have never used a sewing pattern before, so I was wondering if you have any advice for me about this particular pattern before I buy it. Thank you for the idea!

    1. Hi! If I remember correctly, the pattern was pretty good. The sizing seemed to be quite accurate and the instructions were good, as well. I would probably put interfacing in the ears, to make them a little less floppy, and I don't think the pattern instructs you to do that. Other than that, I remember it being quite straightforward. I hope that helps!