Madeline X 2 for Halloween!


Just look at those girls! Little sweethearts, for sure (I should know, I'm their Grandma!).

My daughter Kristen has always loved dressing up for Halloween, and now she has a blast dressing 
her 2 daughters ages 3 and 8 months for the holiday.

At the beginning of Sept she sent me a text with a photo of some Madeline costumes she had 
seen on Etsy, with the comment: "Are you thinking what I'm thinking...?"
YES! I jumped right on board and offered to sew the costumes for my granddaughters, as I knew
I would have as much fun sewing them as they would have wearing them.

I knew I had Simplicity 4243 in my pattern stash.  I had made it before and so I  knew
it would fit baby Estie:

Lucky for me, I have a sewing buddy who loves vintage patterns and often gifts me with 
them when she finds them when scouring estate sales.

 This one is a Vintage Simplicity 5948 from 1965:

which was a perfect fit for Jolene, age 3! A quick run to JoAnn Fabrics for the blue twill, and 
I was on my way.

The capes were self-drafted by drawing a circle and then cutting out another
circle from that for neck space, and a slice down the front for the opening. I considered
a snap closure below the chin, but opted for ribbon ties. 
I have to mention that I live in Michigan, and the girls are in Illinois, so I 
opted for the ties so that the fit for the cape under the chin could be easily 

My daughter sourced the hats, tights, and black MaryJane shoes: perfect!


  1. How creative! I loved reading books about Madeline growing up, anfmd your granddaughters captured the essence nicely.

  2. Thank you Vanessa. I thoroughly enjoyed this sewing project!����


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