About a year ago my daughter saw the first of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movies that came out in 2011. Soon after that I introduced her to the cartoon version that I watched as a kid back in the 80’s. Ever since then, she has been obsessed with Alvin and the Chipmunks, with a special love for Brittany, one of the Chipettes.
When it came time to choose her costume for Halloween, she was dead set on being Brittany. To be honest, it took me awhile to decide what to do for her costume. I ended up kind of combining the Brittany from the movies, with the Brittany from the 80’s cartoon. She has a pink skirt with purple tights and yellow leg warmers like the cartoon, but I created a pink sequin jacket which is more in line with the Brittany from the movies. I bought the tights and the leg warmers off of Amazon, but made the pink skirt and jacket.
The skirt is a simple elastic waist gathered skirt using Robert Kaufman’s Cambridge Cotton Lawn in Dusty Pink. These skirts are the easiest thing to sew. If you are at all interested in learning how to sew clothing, sewing up one of these skirts is a great first project. There are a ton of tutorials online for these, so I’m not going to do one. But, here is a great video tutorial by Dana with Made Everyday.
For the jacket I used the Molly Jacket pattern by Violette Field Threads. I wanted the jacket to be very simple, so I didn’t add the pockets or the collar, and added a simple snap to close up the top of the jacket. I’ve never used any of Violette Field Threads patterns, but I was happy with how this pattern came together. I would have preferred the jacket to not flare out at the waist, but it’s a cute shape for little girls.
I found the sequence fabric at my local Joann’s. I love how it has two different sizes of sequins and isn’t completely covered. I used the same pink lawn I used on the skirt to line the jacket as well as for the underlining of the sequins material. I was running a little low on the pink lawn, so I used a beautiful floral print for the back lining. You can’t see the lining while it’s being worn, but it’s so pretty to look at while putting it on.
If you have never worked with sequins before, you may not know that you need to take off all the sequins within the seam allowance. I thought this would take forever, but I was able to get through it fairly quickly. I did cheat a little and only pull off the larger sequins. The tiny sequins didn’t cause any added bulk in the seam allowance and my machine had no issue sewing over the tiny sequins. I made sure to use a smaller needle as well.
My daughter is in love with her Halloween costume and I’m happy it consists of things she can wear again when it’s not Halloween. Although, she’ll probably never wear the leg warmers again. I plan on using makeup to paint a simple chipmunk face on her for Halloween night. I’m not completely confident in my makeup skills, so I opted out of the makeup for the photoshoot.
Pattern Used: Molly Jacket
Pattern Designer: Violette Fields Thread
Material Used: Robert Kaufman’s Cambridge Cotton Lawn in Dusty Pink, Pink Sequin fabric from local JoAnn’s Fabric store, Back lining in Michael Miller’s Veranda in Graphite.
Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!