Cool Toddler Costume Idea: Coppertone Baby

My two-year-old daughter, Teeghan, was the Coppertone girl this year.  It took about 5 hours total to make in a span of three days.  I looked everywhere for a unitard sewing pattern, which obviously does not exist.  So instead I mixed and matched between two different patterns, I used Simplicity pattern 2156 to make tan spandex leggings.  Then, I used Buttericks pattern B5545 to make a tan spandex long sleeve letoard, using the bottom of the same pattern I cut out just the back portion in white spandex, and blue spandex.  I then sewed the white portion to the tan at the same notch on the back, and made the blue seperately for the bottoms.  Using a black sharpie marker I drew in the butt.  I thought I had the hard part done, but I was wrong.  I searched high and low for 3 weeks looking for a black dog to sew to the bottom.  I finally found a brown dog and used fabric spray paint to make it black, which made the dog a sticky, goupy mess.  As I’m telling my grandmother the terrible time I’m having finding a black dog she tells me she has one.  So using a safety pin I attached it to the butt.  Everyone loved the costume!  When asked what she was for Halloween she would tell everyone, “I’m a puppy butt!”  On Halloween night we had to pair it with rain boots because of the terrible Chicago weather, but we still got a lot of laughs, strange looks, and a MILLION questions on how we made it.

Supplies Needed:  1.5 yards tan spandex, 1/2 yard of blue spandex, 1/4 yard of white spandex, tan thread, blue thread, 1 yard light blue ribbon, 7/8 yards of 1/2″ in elastic and a black dog

Helpful hints:  Sew in a zig zag pattern so the material can stretch, pull the blue spandex when sewing the back of the swimsuit bottom so there’s enough room for them to sag.

Cool Toddler Costume Idea: Coppertone Baby