Animal costume sewing pattern by sewabaloo

Last week I showed you the best bits of Briabaloo, my new dress (and peplum top) pattern, so this week I want to show you all about Anibaloo, my lovely animal themed dressing up pattern – perfect for Halloween!

Anibaloo is a fabuously versatile dressing up costume pattern for children aged 2-8.  It’s essentially a loose-fitting, lined, hooded waistcoat with ears and a tail, which give hours of pretend of make-believe time as your child’s preferred animal.

Included in the pattern are three sets of ears and three tails, providing the basic options of Cat, Fox and Rabbit.  Your choice of fabric will further inform the costume – leopards or tigers are easily made from the cat pattern using your preferred animal print fabric; a wold could be made from the fox pattern using long pile grey fake fur; or a donkey could make use of the rabbit’s ears and a shortened cat’s tail.

Cat costume sewing pattern by SewabalooAnibaloo child's rabbit costume sewing pattern by SewabalooAnibaloo child's fox costume sewing pattern by SewabalooSome further variations of animal costumes will be featured in a future blog – remember to come back to have a look for those, I have so many ideas I almost don’t know where to begin! (If you subscribe to the blog you’ll get an email to let you know when it’s been published)

The pattern itself is pretty straight forward.  The most challenging element is sewing concave and convex curves together, but I’ve included some tips and suggestions to help new sewers master this sometimes tricky technique.

There are also tips to help you make the most of sewing with faux fur, which is actually very forgiving as the pile will hide many wobbly seams.

The costume is fully lined, this could be in a polyester lining, but is also very lovely in a soft brushed cotton.  Use a fabric to match or contrast with your costume, or use a fun print – either will look great.  My girls have asked me to sew all future costumes with ‘pretty patterns on the inside’, so it looks as though that’s what the future Anibaloos will have in this household.

Anibaloo child's fox costume sewing pattern by Sewabaloo

Choose a subtle matching or contrasting lining fabric….

Anibaloo child's rabbit costume sewing pattern by Sewabaloo

Or go all out with a bright print. (Some might say garish, but I would scowl at those people)

The pattern itself has been carefully drafted in three sizes and is available as a pdf download, either to print at home on A4 (US Letter) paper, or on A1 paper at a print shop.  All Sewabaloo pdf patterns are layered so you only have to view and print the size or sizes you want.

Anibaloo Cover


Of course, I couldn’t finish without showing you my beautiful cover artwork, illustrated by the supremely clever Poppy Tshaya Kay.  Isn’t it just delicious.

I’m looking forward to seeing people’s Anibaloo hacks, to see what variations you make and what ear and tail alterations you can come up with.  Share your makes on social media (#Anibalo #Sewabaloo), email me or share a link to your blog below.

Make this for Halloween!

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