Good morning! Happy February! This week we are celebrating not just my birthday and my husband’s birthday, but our sweet Jellybean’s first birthday! I am so excited and also in shock at how fast this year has gone by. In honor of my little girl’s birthday this week, I wanted to share with you a project I made for her back in October. A baby dragon costume! I realize Halloween was months ago, but this costume is purple and pink and has a heart dragon tail – so it has a little Valentine’s Day spirit in it, right? Kind of a stretch? Yeah, I think so too, but here it is, the sweet little dragon costume I made for Jellybean! She looked adorable in it and the costume went perfectly with her brother, who was a Knight in Shining Armor!
I had so much fun making this costume! I knew I wanted it to be girly and sweet. I chose fleece since Halloween here in the midwest can get quite cold. We participate in our zoo’s Halloween parade and spend the day outside, so I try to make our kids’ costumes warm and cozy. I found a sheer pink fabric with sequins that was perfect for adding a little sparkle to the wings and spikes. The sequin fabric was much nicer than the other sparkly fabrics I found that used glitter; this was much cleaner and Jellybean wasn’t covered in glitter at the end of the day!
I created the pattern for the bodysuit by using a pair of her pajamas. I traced each piece with a rotary cutter and then “trued” the pattern pieces, making sure they would all fit together correctly.
I used a tutorial found on Stitched by Crystal for the fleece hat. I love making separate hats for Halloween costumes since they can be used after! My son wore his lion hat from his lion costume for months after Halloween; it was his favorite hat! He got quite a lot of comments, and roars! When we were out doing our errands! This Dino hat pattern from Stitched by Crystal worked out really well! I added the sparkly sequin layer to all of my spikes and I did extend the ear flaps to velcro under the chin. I used a hat Jellybean already owned as a guide. I added small Velcro circles, which worked well! The back spikes and wings were made from the same fabric as the spikes on the hat. I used a pink fleece covered in the sparkly pink fabric. I decided to make the wings and spikes detachable since Jellybean would be in her carrier in the car and if she fell asleep at the zoo. It was a bit of extra work adding the velcro, but it worked out really well!
When we got to the zoo, I just put her spikes and wings on, and when she was sleepy and wanted to nap in her carrier, I just took them off! To get the spikes to stand up straight, I hand sewed them to a piece of pink fleece with velcro already sewn to it. I scrunched the spikes a bit which helped them stand up.
I really enjoyed making her dragon costume! I’ll be sharing Bugaboo’s Knight in Shining Armor costume at some point – here is a sneak peek at the helmet and tabbard!
He told us back in June he wanted to be a Knight in Shining Armor and he surprisingly didn’t change his mind! I thought of making Jellybean a princess costume, but I figured she would ask to be a princess at some point, why not go with a dragon now! :)I’ll be back next week to share some details about their woodland-themed book party!
*Updated: A few readers have asked for a pattern for this baby dragon costume. I don’t have the pattern I used for the bodysuit anymore, but I found the patterns for the wings and spikes so I have added them as a free printable pattern below. Hope this is of some help!! :)