My son had a chance to wear his firefighter costume last weekend and it was a big hit! When he told me he wanted to be a firefighter for Halloween, I thought I would probably just buy his costume. There are so many cute firefighter costumes out there and I kept passing by the Melissa and Doug one at Target. While it may have been easier to buy this costume, I really do love homemade costumes and decided to go ahead and make it!
I found a great pattern at Joann Fabrics, Butterick Pattern 3244, that even included the firefighter boots! The trickiest part was finding the right fabric. The pattern called for vinyl felt, which I couldn’t find. Our local Joann’s had regular felt as well as utility fabric, which had a nice plastic, waterproof look. Each of these fabrics alone wouldn’t have worked as the utility fabric was very thin and see-through and the felt didn’t have the right look. I decided to layer the fabrics together and was really happy with how it turned out.
Layering the fabrics, or flat-lining, added a few extra steps. I had to sew the two layers together for each piece before sewing the costume together. I also had to add seam allowance to all of the black stripe pieces. The utility fabric I was using frayed like crazy! The pattern, which called for the vinyl felt, assumed you wouldn’t need seam allowances.
Even with the extra steps it took to create, I was happy I made the costume! I really love sewing for my kids and Halloween costumes are so much fun! I think this costume will be great for everyday dress-up fun!
I finished the costume with a black firefighter hat from Party City and a firefighter badge I found on Amazon. My son is excited to wear his costume again for trick-or-treating in our neighborhood on Halloween! Our Halloweens are usually cold and rainy here, but I’m hopeful we will have a beautiful day!
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