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The Witch and her little black Cat.

Aimee Randle

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Halloween is our very favourite holiday around here at Puzzle Patterns. At the moment the studio is covered in glitter, tulle, panne velvet and all the fuzzy animal ears! In this week leading up to to the big fright night we will be sharing a few handmade costumes from our Playtime Collection as they come off the machine and are suitably glue gunned and ready to roam the streets tricking and treating! 
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For the first spooky costume on the roster we used the Merry Go Round dress to make  this little lady into a witchy woman. I had as much fun stitching this together as she did running around town in it casting all the spells. 
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Since this was a knit velvet I sized the bodice down one size so it still had a nice fit (the pattern was designed for a woven) but left the skirt and the sleeves at her original size for a bit more of a dramatic effect. I also left the hem and the sleeve edges raw for this same reason. Since I did this I didn't bother with the sleeve lining and instead used a glittery tulle as a second layer sleeve to give it a little lift and shimmer. 
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I tied the rest of the tulle in an oversized bow, hot glue gunned it to a witches hat I dug out of our dress up box, along with a few creepy crawlies and black roses and Wah-Lah! a witch was born! 
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But what's a witch without her little black cat?! 
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And this little ginger witch's kitty is extra wild and feral!
Meow!!
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To create this itty bitty little kitty I used the the Merry Go Round Top paired with the long bloomers from the Ring Around the Rosie romper. Again I used a panne velvet in a sparkly black, I found an extensive and fabulous selection at the local Spotlight and had so much fun working with it. 
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Paired with a kitty collar, ears and a few whiskers and you've got yourself a kitty ready to roam the streets on Hallows Eve. 
But don't forget the tail of course ...
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For the tail I sewed two 2" triangles of fabric together (with a 1/4" seam allowance), curved at the end. I tucked some gathered tulle around the curve at the end and stuffed it with my leftover velvet scraps. I then tucked the tail in between the bodice and the bloomers at the centre back and sewed it neatly inside when attaching them together. I omitted the back placket for this because it was unnecessary with the knit fabric. 
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So there you have it, a perfect costume combo to send a couple siblings out to mingle with the ghosts and goblins. For this duo you will need the Merry Go Round & Ring Around the Rosie pattern's. 
If you find any of this is confusing or hard to navigate please join us on our Facebook Group full of inspiration and fellow Puzzle sewers! I'm always over there to help guide you through and don't forget to share your Puzzle pieces too! 
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