Lucy’s Madeline Costume

Madeline Halloween Costume

Lucy’s costume this year has been a dream come true for me! I had thought about dressing up as Madeline myself a few years ago, but never had the gumption to put together an outfit in time for Halloween. But this year, I was so delighted when I asked Lucy, “What about being Madeline for Halloween this year?” and she replied with an excited, “That would be so fun!” I had caught her at the perfect time, in the middle of an old Madeline TV episode we were watching through our Amazon fire stick. She has been intrigued by Madeline and the girls at the old house in Paris, particularly when Madeline has to go to the hospital to get her appendix removed. What can I say, my girl loves hospital drama. I’m sure she’ll love Grey’s Anatomy one day as much as she loves Madeline now.

Madeline book

Lucy decided she wanted to wear a wig to have red hair like Madeline, and I found a dress pattern online with a Peter Pan collar just like Madeline’s. Trick-or-treating is this weekend, and I have until then to make an insulated capelet to keep her warm on a chilly fall evening as we walk from door to door. But I couldn’t wait to share her outfit with you, sans capelet. Check out where I found everything below!

Madeline Costume Buy Online

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

  • H A T :  The one Lucy’s wearing is a vintage find from several years ago that I fixed up with a new black grosgrain ribbon, but I also found a very similar yellow hat here.
  • D R E S S :  I made the dress using this Simplicity Toddler Peter Pan collar dress and coat pattern, slightly reworking to it put the collar on the dress.
  • K N E E   S O C K S :  Lucy wore tights because it was chilly, but we love these white toddler knee socks, and they’re more authentic to Madeline’s outfits in the book.
  • S H O E S :  Any simple black mary janes would fit the bill. We found Lucy’s at a local secondhand store, but here is a great pair of toddler black patent mary janes for less than $20.
  • W I G : I found this orange bob with bangs wig designed for an anime cosplay character, and while it was the perfect color and starting point for a Madeline ‘do, I had to trim the length and bangs and style it with a warm curling iron. Phil stepped up to model the wig while I trimmed it! What a man!

Madeline Dress Pattern

I was so intimidated to make the dress, though I don’t know why, because once I figured out the pattern, it was so quick and easy to put together! I decided I’m going to make a couple more variations on this pattern since the pattern pieces are already cut out, and it was such a simple project resulting in a super cute and versatile dress.

I have a bad habit of being intimidated of sewing projects, putting them off for as long as possible, sometimes abandoning projects altogether. It’s a silly habit I’m trying to break. This was a great simple project that gave me much more confidence as a seamstress. And look at that sweet face! SO WORTH IT.

Madeline Toddler Costume

Madeline Halloween Costume

Madeline hat and wig

Madeline Halloween Costume

Madeline hat and wig
Madeline Toddler Costume

A fun little side note… I took pictures of Lucy as Madeline at the venue where Phil and I had our wedding reception nine years ago! This is a spot we posed for wedding photos. Talk about coming full circle!

In case you were wondering, Juniper is dressing as a puppy (in a store-bought costume) for trick-or-treating, because Lucy’s favorite Madeline TV episode was when Madeline lost her dog. We’re pretty confident we won’t be losing Juniper, though, so don’t worry. The two of them looked so cute together at a friend’s costume party last weekend! We forgot to bring Juniper’s costume when we took Lucy’s pictures, so if you want to see them together, you’ll have to stay tuned for trick-or-treat shots on Instagram next weekend. :)

WHAT WE WORE | Summer’s Still Kickin’

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Well, you’re either gonna buy me a drink or dramatically roll your eyes at the crankiness I’m about to display. You know the feeling you get when someone scrapes their fingernails on a chalkboard? That’s the way I feel when I hear my friends and loved ones bemoan the end of summer with the passing of August. You guys, I don’t care if kids are back in school. And yes, I realize Labor Day has passed. But can we please just face the fact that Summer isn’t over until September 23rd? Why rush a good thing? We’re still doing laps in the pool and quickly licking our ice cream cones before they melt all over our hands. Summer is here, and I’m just forcing myself (and my family) to enjoy every last bit of it before it’s officially over. Just like a sixth grade girl wishing away the innocence of her childhood and sneaking makeup behind her mom’s back (no, not me! Why would you think that… mom… are you reading here?), I hate to see my dearly beloveds wishing away a good thing that we will soon be longing for come next February.

Now, that being said, I certainly won’t begrudge anyone the enjoyment of an early pumpkin spice latte or an apple picking excursion. And I actually become quite giddy when my favorite stores display Fall merchandise at the beginning of September. I even gleefully busted out my favorite big sweater during an unseasonably chilly evening last week, and today I donned a black beret, even though it felt a bit premature (according to my sweaty head).

I guess this season is more about transition than anything, and I absolutely love it, despite everyone’s insistence on Fall being here, or Summer being over. (You guys, it’s just not. It’s not. IT IS NOT.) This is the only time in the year we can enjoy Summer bike rides in the afternoon and cozy campfires in the evening. We can eat ice cream cones from our favorite seasonal shacks or decide to bake fresh apple pie a la mode. We can wear our favorite Fall color palette, but still bare our legs and arms. This season is the best. Just don’t call it Fall, yet. (Because, let’s get down to my real issue… Fall means an Ohio winter’s a coming!)

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O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

top: ASOS / skirt: thrifted / hat: ASOS / shoes: Amazon / purse: thrifted

L U C Y ‘ S    O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

jumpsuit: vintage from Miss Pity Kitty on Instagram / bow: Free Babes / shoes: Saltwater Sandals

photos by Matthew Graber

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WHAT WE WORE | Rainy Day Brigade

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Taking outfit pictures with an infant and toddler in tow can be super challenging, but apparently not challenging enough for us, because yesterday we decided to attempt them outside in the rain with fifteen minutes before we had to meet people for a lunch date! Whew! Makes me out of breath just thinking about it. But as my motto for 2016 goes, done is better than perfect. So here we are! 

Lately I’ve noticed a shift in my wardrobe to include mostly neutrals. I’m not sure if it’s a result of subconsciously wanting everything in my life to match, or perhaps a more conscious decision to make getting dressed in the morning much easier. If everything already matches, you can’t go wrong, eh? And I can still live vicariously through Lucy’s wild colored tights that I’m really going to miss on her squishy little legs come summertime. Summer is coming, still, right? But first, let’s break out the umbrellas and embrace the arrival of Spring!

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

Lucy’s Outfit Details: dress from @pennysclosetxo on Instagram / tights: Country Kids / shoes: Zimmerman shoes / umbrella

My outfit Details: jumper: ASOS / blouse: ASOS / boots: Clarks / umbrella: Target

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

Vintage Mother/Daughter Fashion Blogger

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