Halloween is one of my favorite things ever! But sadly in Germany it is really hard to find cool costumes for kids... As I am not a pink pink glitter glitter kind of gal, I thought about going crazy fun for our Halloween costumes. But I wanted to be able to still wear the things we got.. no waste for just one day. So I decided to go as Wayne & Garth from Wayne's World:
Wayne always uses ripped jeans, a black tshirt, a plaid shirt and his black "Wayne's World baseball cap". So we looked for some of the pieces we were missing in H&M and Amazon
- 90s Plaid shirt. (We found it on the boys collection in H&M for 14,99) This is the only piece that isn't much a Waynes piece, but it is cold in Berlin, and I imagine Wayne would have one of these. Didn't we all in the 90s?
- A plain Black t-shirt (Buy it in H&M for 3,99 click here)
- White sneakers. Pepa's kicks are limited edition but any would do like this Adidas Stan Smith.
- Ripped Jeans we made ourselves a while ago (check blogpost here)
- Mullet wig from Amazon (buy here)
- A black baseball cap. We bought ours in a market or I don't know where you can get one in H&M or Zara. don't worry if it has already a design as we are going to paste the logo over it.
Garth is known by his blond messy hair, glasses, bands tshirt, ripped jeans and a plaid shirt as well. This was easier as I already had all items... except of the blonde hair. So I got myself a blonde wig from Amazon
As Pepa was just 1.5 years old, I cut the wig and sew it to the cap. it is quite easy as there is a net where the hair is sewn to. don't be afraid. you have enough hair in a wig to have at least 3 tries :)
I really had no time to make this costume.. My original idea was to paint the logo by hand, but ended up printing the logo in paper and just fixing it with double tape. And it looked awesome!
We got loads of compliments for our costume.. on the party we went, on the streets... It is crazy how many German people know Wayne's World. Here is the logo for you to print:
And what I brought to Mims and Kelly's Party? I had WAY too little time, so I went super Pinterest and made this:
HAPPY HALLOWEEN YOU ALL! What are you going to be for Halloween?
It is impossible not to have a doll when you are a girl. I tried to delay it as much as I could, but when Pepa visited her BFF Atlas, she cried of happiness when she saw a doll for the first time. I had to buy one for her asap. Though I got her the little brother of the Annabell series, instead of baby Annabell herself.
After a couple of days laying around my flat, it started to bother me. I know it is terrible to get annoyed by a doll just because of its clothing, but I couldn't see that terrible light blue/pink outfit anymore. I mean, it took me a long time to get my living room looking nice for me and Pepa... And this wasn't fitting at all. I looked online to buy some nicer clothes, but it was a total fail. So I started planning the little "Pelle" new outfit.
Dont be scared of knitting. I was the worst knitter at school, and one day I bought yarn, a pattern and needles. And now I have knitted several sweaters and dresses. And you can do it too! I cant move 2 fingers of each hand :) So I am sure you will make it!
First choose your colors. I went for 50 gr of grey for the pants, 50 grams of mustard yellow for the sweater, 25 grs of navy and 25 grams for the grey on the sweater. The hat was a present, but you can look for a baby born hat pattern or write to me to send you one.
I am adding the pattern of the sweater, but if you don't feel comfortable, just make it plain, just don't switch colors and continue with one color.
First the Pants. I HATE using sock needles, so I just use a circular needle and bend it into two (tutorial here), but you can use sock needles (tutorial here)
Start casting 32 stitches in a needle size 3 (tutorial here) now knit 6 rows with the "purl knit stitch". (tutorial here) Change to needle size 3.5 and knit using the "knit stitch" (tutorial here) and increase 2 stitches at the end of each 6th row (tutorial here) and knit as long as it covers the whole leg. Then bind off 8 stitches (tutorial here) and set aside. Repeat all the steps for the other leg.
Once both legs are done, put them together in the circular needle, be sure that the binded 8 stitches are together, this will be the crotch. Knit 6 rows with the "knit stitch", then knit 6 and decrease 1 stitch (tutorial here) on each side of the 6th row and repeat until the work is 72 stitches.
Change to needle 3 and knit in "purl knit stitch" 12 rows. Add an elastic band, fold it and sew it. (tutorial here) Be sure to sew the crotch, just regular sewing to sew the 8 stitches of one leg with the other binded off stitches of the second leg.
Now The Sweater. I decided to go scandinavian style. This is my version of a Marius Sweater. It has 3 colors and you will start at the bottom of the sweater with a circular needle and work your way up until the armpits. Then knit each arm and join them all in a needle, knitting your way up towards the neck. It sounds difficult, but it is actually not so hard.
Start casting 72 stitches in a needle size 3 in yellow. Knit with a "purl knit stitch" 6 rows. Change to needle size 3.5 and knit with "knit stitch" 16 rows. Knit Pattern A (start on the lower row to read a pattern). You can add a marker on the sides of the work (tutorial here) if you don't have any, use security pins :) In the last row of Pattern A, bind off 4 stitches next to each side of the marker. that will leave you a space of 8 stitches that will be the armpits.
Arms: Start in sock needles or circular needle size 3. Cast 24 stitches and knit 6 rows with "purl knit stitch" then increase 8 stitches and change to needle 3.5.
Knit with "knit stitch" 6 rows and increase 2 stitches. Then knit 6 rows more and increase 2 more stitches. Start Pattern A and bind off 8 stitches. Set aside. Repeat for the second arm.
Now that both arms are ready and the body as well, Put the body and arms in one needle and knit 2 rows in blue. And start Pattern B (remember from the lower row upwards) Please notice that the 8 stitches from each arm should match the 8 stitches from each side of the body.
Once you finish Pattern B, change to needle size 3 and knit with a "purl knit stitch" 6 rows and cast off. Remember when casting off (tutorial here) not to make it too tight. If not, it will be a bit hard to dress the doll. I had to struggle a little to fit the head in, but it worked wonderful. Remember wool stretches a bit :) Now you just need to weave the loose ends (tutorial here)
I added a little wooden button as decoration, and made a pacifier chain with wooden balls covered in crochet. You can buy them already done in daWanda or Etsy. It just adds a bit of flair and you wont be losing the pacifier everywhere in the house.
I hope you liked this tutorial! Don´t be afraid of trying this at home. I am pretty sure you will make it! If you have any questions, write a comment below and I will help you. I love how this adorable doll looks in my living room and Pepa loves to play with her doll in soft cashmere and alpaca wool.
Partner Look. Yeah we do it once in a while, mostly "Color Partnering". But there are certain pieces in my closet that are the same as Pepa's. I got myself a pair of boyfriend jeans at Uniqlo and I thought: "Why arent there boyfriend jeans for babies?"
I was a teen in the 90s. And ripped jeans were soooooo IN! (Thanks Kurt Cobain!) But the only way to get those jeans back then was using them a lot or making them yourself. No Online shopping. So we used a technique to make them look very used. So why not using that technique on Pepa's jeans?
First things first. Find a pair of baggy jeans for toddlers that are the look the same as my boyfriend jeans. Vertbaudet had a pair very similar as mine and they were even on sale.
What you need:
- Carpet knife or crafts knife
- Sand Paper
- And old magazine
- A washing machine
Start folding or rolling a magazine so it fits inside of the jeans leg. You can mark the place you want the rip to be with a pencil or any washable marker. Make three horizontal cuts: One at the top, bottom and middle of the area you want the jeans to be "used"
Once you cut, take carefully the vertical threads with you fingers/nails. Dont worry! it will look cheap and weird at the beginning and you probably won't get them all off.
The next step can be done before cutting. I do it after because I am so used to do it after cutting jeans (Sorry mom for all the expensive jeans I ruined developing this technique!!)
Use Sand Paper on the upper and lower parts so it doesnt look freshly cut. Use a 60 or 80-grid sand paper. It will still look "handmade". Now throw those jeans with other jeans into the washing machine and voila!!! Distressed Ripped Boyfriend Jeans for your toddler!
We had so much fun wearing these together. I made them exactly as in my jeans. Now these two pairs of jeans are our favorite for going to the playground or even events. They look so good, people keep asking me where did I get them :)
...there is a way, says my mom. I have always been terrible with sewing. I was that problem child in school that was sent to a very old manual sewing machine because of all the nonsense I used to do. And that is why I never learnt to sew something besides a table cloth.
My mom on the other hand, is a genius with the sewing machine, dresses, patchworks, you name it. She has the patience of a saint and the ability of a seamstress. I think I have so much to learn from her.
As I am in the black forest for 10 days with very limited internet and my folks work everyday on their hotel and restaurants, I need to fill my days while pepa naps.
Helena lent us 2 bonnets in Oslo during this xmas and I loved how they looked on Pepa. You can by them online, but takes weeks to wait for them, they are very expensive and I thought I might be able to sew them on my own. So I started searching the internet for patterns but without sucess :(
So I decided to design my own Bonnet (with some help of my mom)! It took two days to design and sew it but I think I made it. I will be making a blogpost once I am balck in berlin on how to sew a bonnet including the pattern.
If you could, what would you sew for your baby/kid? which kind of patterns would you like to have an learn?
I get sometimes tired of looking for nice bodies/underwear for Pepa. The ones you get in the regular stores like Zara, H&M and ToysRUs are white and plain, and they dont fit the woolen or knitted things I buy or make. And the ones I like, they are over expensive.
Many people will say: "Is just underwear", "it looks ok" or "you are being too picky" but at the end of the day, I would like to have some natural colored bodies that just make my little deer look even more beautiful.
So I remembered that my mom used to dye my tights with tea. Every tea will give a different color to fabric. I started with Classic black tea, that gives a natural old rose color to it. You can try different teas to go to a more yellow creamy color or regular cream.
What you will need for 1-2 bodies:
1 bag of Tea (more bags for a darker color)
a wooden spoon
Pre-wash your textiles, even if they are new. You should start the procedure before they dry. In a bowl add the boiling water and tea bag and after 2 minutes, add the body or textile.
Swirl the body around and try to get it down to the bottom of the bowl so that it's completely submerged. If pieces start popping up, use a plate to hold it under.
Let it steep for at least 1 hour. The stronger the tea and the longer you let the cloth steep, the deeper the stain. I let it soak overnight.
Remove it from the brew and briefly rinse in a cold water bath. Add a splash of vinegar to set the color and let soak for 10 minutes. If you decide the stain is just too light, repeat the steps and stain it again.
Staining or dying textiles with natural products such as coffee and tea is an inexpensive, non-toxic method. It's an easy way to create a vintage look, or to disguise those badly stained kitchen towels—not to mention, the process smells a whole lot better than using commercial dyes!
I'm Andrea - a food enthusiast and blogger. Recently I noticed I have been answering a lot of questions about what I buy for my daughter Pepa, or what are my thoughts in certain "mom stuff". This is how I realised I should start a blog about being mom.. Or "Mom" like me! I hope to share my thoughts, amazing, things I buy and amazing recipes with other moms, just like me!