My friend, Megan, is a talented graphic designer (she’s responsible for Lucy’s kindergarten picture) and a fantastic mom. You know how there are certain people with whom you feel you can be totally and utterly yourself? Megan is one of those people for me and has been from the moment I met her. I am thrilled that she agreed to be interviewed about the adorable homemade cupcake costume I mentioned in yesterday’s post. Welcome Megan…
Sweet Pea and the Monkey: What made you decide to make this costume?
Megan: After watching Cupcake Wars with my five-year-old daughter this summer, I thought a cupcake would be the perfect Halloween costume. Since cupcakes are trendy lately, there were a bunch of cute ones that I could have easily bought, but I decided to tackle this one myself. I’m currently an unemployed graphic designer and I needed to do something creative. I made the commitment and then spent three weeks stressing over how I was going to pull this off.
Sweet Pea and the Monkey: Where did you find the pattern?
Megan: I googled “homemade cupcake costumes,” and to my surprise quite a few came up. One in particular (found here) was a woman who couldn’t afford to buy the Pottery Barn costume and found a way to recreate it. It was adorable and seemed simple enough.
Sweet Pea and the Monkey: Did you change anything?
Megan: I bought enough material for two layers of the cape but it seemed so bulky so I ended up cutting a round edge and gluing it to the bottom of the main cape. She didn’t do any sewing. I mostly used fabric glue but did sew the skirt together in the back and the “jumper” straps. I felt those were the two most fragile parts and wanted to make sure this was not coming apart! I wasn’t crazy about her cherry on top and it seemed like a lot of work, so I sprayed a Styrofoam ball red and poked a green pipe cleaner through it. One end wrapped around the headband to secure it and the other end acted as the stem.
Sweet Pea and the Monkey: Was all of the effort worth it in the end?
Megan: I was really happy with how it turned out, but it was stressful! I did the skirt first thinking that was the hardest part. Once that was completed, my mood went from stressed to excited! In the end, the costume probably cost me double the amount of the Pottery Barn costume and I became a regular at Hobby Lobby, but it was worth it. It is tucked away now for my one-year-old, who will hopefully wear it for Halloween 2015!
Adorable, right? Thanks, Megan!