My son, D, is two and a half right now, so he is able to have a say in what he wants to be for Halloween this year. At first he was pretty meh about the whole thing. I kept asking and asking early in the year, because I wanted to try and make the costume. My mom was able to make a good amount of costumes for my brother and me growing up. I wanted to be able to do the same for D. For my birthday in April I got my first sewing machine and went to work on practicing putting things together. By the end of July/ beginning of August I was finally able to get D to decide on what he wanted his costume to be.
My son loves (!) Captain Hook and Tic Toc Croc. He pretends to be Captain Hook; as well as Peter Pan. So, I wasn’t really surprised when he chose to be Captain Hook one day and Tic Toc Croc the next. And thanks to the wonderful world of Pinterest I was able to find D the perfect costume. A woman by the name of Rachael made a “Captain Hook being eaten by Tic Toc Croc” costume for her son (You can see her creation here and here). After a quick Google search I was able to find her instructions to the costume.
Unfortunately, when I set out to make my version I apparently didn’t try hard enough to find the instructions. I tried to figure it out on my own and just went for it. If you want instructions, I highly recommend looking at her original step by step (which you can find again here). I will share my photos of everything, but I wouldn’t be able to begin to share how I did most of what I did. Again, I’m still a beginner. I sewed all of Tic Toc’s body. I hot glued his eyes on. And I sewed the pants that become Tic Toc’s front legs.
When it came to the top half of the costume, I took short cuts. I knew my skills wouldn’t turn out a jacket I would be happy with. I took a plain white shirt that was on clearance at Target and some lace I bought at Beverly’s to create the pirate shirt that goes under Hook’s jacket. Then, I took a red women’s jacket I found at a local thrift store and cut it up so it fit my son. I basically cut the seam that went up the back and resewed it so it was taken in to fit a two and a half year old. Then I cut the sleeves to fit his little arms. I took the extra lace and created the wrist lace that goes with the jacket. Finally I took gold ribbon and hot glued it to create the gold stripping on Captain Hook’s jacket. I’m pretty happy with how everything came together. We accessorized with a pirate hook from the dollar store, a pirate sword we already owned, and a genuine Captain Hook hat from the Disney Store. I splurged on the hat because D’s room is Peter Pan themed, so it can double as decoration. Though D has been playing with it non-stop since we bought it. I count that as a win and worth the money.
You might notice I haven’t created the front feet shoe covers yet. And yes, I totally edited the last picture so you wouldn’t see the mess that is left behind in the wake of D playing. With only one last part of this project to go I am super excited to be done in time for Halloween. I hope it goes over well and is the beginning of many more costumes for D in the years to come.