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I’m super excited to announce that my first costume pattern is ready for the world! Come meet the Field of Flowers costume for both kids AND adults!
Back in 2008, when my daughter was two years old, my husband had the idea to dress her up for Carnival as a bunch of flowers or some other type of flower costume. So I came up with an extremely simple costume which was just a green rectangle with a slit cut in the center for the head with fleece flowers sewn on. It didn’t seem like quite enough, so I made up a hat and a neck tie with leaves, too.
It wasn’t exactly high class sewing and had a huge amount of technical issues, but we always loved it. Sofia wore it on many costume-wearing occasions and both she and her brother periodically put it on still, even if it’s way too small for both of them.
Ever since I started my pattern shop in 2014 I’d wanted to create a real pattern for this costume, but more finished and with better technique. And because this costume is just so much fun, I made adult sizes, too! Man, I hadn’t worn a costume in years!
About the costume:
The main body of the costume is a simple green background. I modified the original version to one with a slightly more fitted shape, with slightly sloping shoulders, a perfectly-fitted neckline and clean seams and openings.
There are various shapes and sizes of flowers to appliqué onto the body. You can use a whole variety of fabrics from your scrap collection, or even cut up unused clothing for them. I sewed some with little scraps of fleece I’d been holding on to for ages and others with scraps of old T-shirts. The instructions explain different ways to attach the flowers to the costume.
The new hat is MUCH improved from the original. There are six sizes and they get topped with a big floppy flower. Again, there are all sorts of possibilities for the flower. The hat on the left has a flower made from felt, the one in the middle from jersey and the one of the right from single layers of felted wool sweater.
There are two styles of neck piece: a shorter one that snaps in place and a longer one that gets tied behind the neck. They both have quilted leaves sewn into them, turning your neck into a sort of stem! My daughter also likes using the longer version around her waist as a belt.
About the pattern:
This professional quality pattern is complete with full instructions including tables, diagrams and line drawings to illustrate each step. Each step and technique is explained clearly and links are provided for tutorials explaining the techniques in more depth.
The pattern itself has 11 sizes (and 6 hat sizes), and can be printed immediately on a home printer. I’ve also included an extra pattern file for printing on 36″ (90 cm) wide paper in a copy shop.
This pattern is beginner friendly, so wonderful as a first foray into homemade costume sewing, or as a quick project for a more experienced sewer! And most importantly– it’s a huge amount of fun to sew and to wear!
Find out more about the Field of Flowers costume pattern here at the Cucicucicoo Patterns shop!