Kiddy capers…dinosaurs and donkeys

After buying all the bits for Ralph’s dinosaur cape only a few days before the wonderful Just So festival in Cheshire this summer, I was too late to get his costume made so didn’t have a huge incentive to get this cape completed…

…apart from the fact, the huge bits of fleece were taking up so much space in my stash!!!  I realised of course I could try to persuade Ralph to be a dinosaur for Halloween so set myself Halloween as a goal… once my mind was set to making the cape, I got it all completed over a few sewing sessions fairly quickly… here’s a pic of Noemi wearing it…

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It looks good but I find the length to be quite short and the hood to be really big, Ralph is four and half.  Of course, I have been super busy with various things so I’ve only just posted it now… and I post along with The Donkey Cape…  One of the reason I went with The Dinosaur Cape pattern in the first place was that I thought it would come in useful for all sort of animal costumes so when Ralph told me he was a donkey in the nativity play I realised we could easily adapt the dinosaur pattern.  After a busy week of various events and Noemi’s first birthday party I had one night to pull it together so asked Greg (my husband) to help.  We pulled this together in about 90 mins between the two of us.

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Ralph loved it, we made a few adaptations from The Dinosaur Cape, making it much longer, removing the lining and just hemming and making the hood a bit smaller.  Overall it worked well although the hood ended up being a bit too small and next time I would probably put some popper buttons on the front to ensure it holds together during the show but overall he looked great and still loves it.

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