I'm not a big holiday person. I do get kind of jazzed about Literacy Day, and I'll admit I get a little gooey on Valentine's Day. But having a little dude to dress makes Halloween a whole new ballgame. I especially love that he has no idea what's going on, so I can dress him however I want. I kicked around the idea of a baby Dwight Schrute, or maybe the old guy from Up, but really, let's give the people what they want.
Small children dressed like animals.
I mourn the fact that I never dressed Henry in a fluffy bear suit, or even in a pumpkin costume. He seems a little too old for both of those things now (eating ham by the fistful will age a person), so I needed to come up with someone that was both adorable and fit his personality.
Hippopotomus it is.
Did you know that hippos are some of the most dangerous animals in the world? And that a non-walking toddler with a penchant for death-defying dives into the side of the bathtub can give a hippo a run for its money? OF COURSE I had to make him a hippo costume. I started with a basic Simplicity Halloween pattern - it could be turned into a bear, a mouse, a dinosaur, a devil, and an angel (we will not be needing that one). I pinched the ears with safety pins and tada! Hippo:
(I didn't finish the headpiece because a) he wasn't going to keep it on and b) lining it would have probably made it too small. )
He's too little to trick-or-treat, so we went to Boo at the Zoo for his grand unveiling. He generally doesn't care about the zoo - he's never really interacted with any of the animals, or even really seemed to notice them. Once, when he was only eight months old or so, he showed a little interest in the hippos. Since then, nothing.
But when one is dressed like a hippo, one must commune with the hippos.
I learned so much sewing this costume. I'd never successfully sewn a garment before, and I'll be the first to say that I kicked ass on this one. Set-in sleeves, ribbed cuffs, and even a neckband were all executed to the highest levels of mediocrity. I couldn't be more proud. I'm itching to make him some real clothes that don't require headgear.