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Caterpillar to Butterfly!

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What happens to a very hungry caterpillar?  Why, she turns in to a beautiful butterfly!  I came up with the idea for this costume after giggling at my six month old in her sleep sack.  She sleeps in these 'wearable blankets.'  Basically a sack with armholes and a zipper up the front.  We joke that she looks like a glow worm.  I decided that she needed to be a caterpillar for Halloween.  When else can I dress her up in a bunting costume like this?  Never.  She'll be mobile soon enough.  Anyway, after thinking about the caterpillar costume for a while I decided she needed to be a caterpillar that turns in to a butterfly.  Even better.  So I set about figuring out how to make her costume convertible.
 
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Step 1:

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First thing I did was make a paper pattern.  I traced one of her sleep sacks.  Just one pattern piece.  The back is cut on the fold, front pieces I added seam allowance for a zipper.  Then I drew out the pattern pieces for the wings.  I just used my pattern piece for the bunting for size comparison.  I added an extension to the wings to allow them to be stitched to the back of the bunting.

Step 2:

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I sewed the wings first.  Everything is made out of fleece.  Finally, my local fabric store comes to the rescue.  I cut out random organic looking shapes (keeping it symmetrical of course) from scraps of fleece for the design on the wings.  I interfaced the top wing pieces with some super stiff home decor interfacing to give a little structure to the wings.  Then I stitched on the smaller shapes with a zig zag stitch around the edges.  I kept it all rough and quick.  I really liked the way it turned out.  The fleece shapes puffed up after they were stitched down.  I sewed the back wing pieces to the top with some jumbo ric rac sandwiched in between.

Awwwww! Cutie!!!!! Love this! :D :D :D

as96 months ago
Awwwwwwwwww
imbiglarry8 months ago
Too cute!
lizajanesews (author)  imbiglarry8 months ago
Thank you!
cdawisconsin8 months ago
Adorable. Loved the chomped on leaf =)
lizajanesews (author)  cdawisconsin8 months ago
That chomped leaf is probably my favorite part :) Thanks so much!
n33r8 months ago
The Caterpillar/Butterfly seems really Hungry :P !!!
Really great job & very creative idea !!
lizajanesews (author)  n33r8 months ago
She is!! Thanks so much :)
kyluddy8 months ago
That is so creative and cute!!! :)
lizajanesews (author)  kyluddy8 months ago
Thanks! :)
Adorable! Those wings are beautiful!
lizajanesews (author)  Penolopy Bulnick8 months ago
Thank you!