DIY Batman Costume For Tween Girls

My easy DIY Batman costume was quick to sew, tween friendly, and it’s comfy enough to double as loungewear.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This project would’ve been a great addition to the Halloween Hacks Series at Swoodson Says, but as usual I’m late to the game. This is my unofficial, unplanned hack! Check out the series for a ton of ideas to Halloweenify regular clothing patterns.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

My baby is almost too cool to dress up now, but next week is “theme week” at school. They get a hat day, pajama day, etc. Friday they get to wear superhero costumes; and this was our answer. I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern for the top, and added the Bat Logo myself. SugarTot Designs has free superhero templates you can download. I used knit fabric that shifted around, so my logo doesn’t do Telisa’s cute template justice. It passed Bella’s inspection though, so I’m not upset it isn’t perfect.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls (link to free logo template)

Brat wouldn’t let me add one of the cute little tutus to her costume. I truly couldn’t stand the utter lack of embellishment; so I used my Hot Fix Tool* to add some bling around the logo. It made me feel better, but definitely not the satisfaction I would’ve gotten from a huge, fluffy blue tutu.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

The pants pattern is the Basic Leggings* from Serger Pepper. They have a wide cuff on bottom that tucks into boots perfectly. We have several pairs of Basic Leggings in heavy rotation at my house. The pattern is really easy to modify, and it’s build to last through growth spurts. One can’t really have too many black leggings!

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

This is probably the most cost efficient costume I’ve ever made. I used a high quality knit fabric because this stuff can be worn everyday. I know the leggings will be worn all the time. The top will at least be slept in; and possibly even worn outside. Worst case scenario, it gets donated to Bella’s little cousin who is definitely inheriting the cape. I could even pick off the appliqué if I had to. Overall, I’m pretty pleased with this tween-friendly DIY Batman costume.

DIY Batman Costume for Tween Girls

Update: I got my tutu! Bella told her aunt she felt like her costume was “missing something” and asked her to make one! I’ll try my best to get an iPhone pic and share on my social media- I thought my tutu days were over but it looks like I get to have one more:)

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Halloween Hair Bows | Show & Tell

Just a quick show & tell! Be sure to follow my Ribbon, Tulle, & Hair Pretties board on Pinterest if you like hair bow inspiration. 

Halloween Hair Bows

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I’m trying to use up my ribbon stash…I went on a spree a couple years ago and now have a lifetime supply. I’m pleased to tell you that I’m almost out of Halloween ribbon. But it doesn’t feel like it put a dent in the stash.

Halloween Hair Bows | SewsNBows

Last year I wrote How To Make Halloween Fascinators. It’s a great  way to add drama to any Halloween costume. Check out that post for head piece ideas!

Halloween Hair Bows | SewsNBows

Also, I made Bella a Batman costume that I’m hoping she’ll let me show you. They get to wear superhero gear at school so I made something comfy- anything to get out of school uniforms for a day. Other than that, I haven’t done much in the way of holiday sewing or crafting. Are y’all working on any Halloween goodies?

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Until next time!

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Boat Neck Top Pattern by Blaverry : Pattern Review

I sewed the Boatneck Top pattern by Blaverry. I’ve been wanting to make it forever, and I finally did. Here’s my review!

Boat Neck Top Pattern from Blaverry

The construction is beautiful inside & out; just like the Cruise Chino Shorts I made this summer.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top Pattern (inside view)

The yoke is attached like a facing, and stitched down using a twin needle. Then the shoulders are reinforced with a bar tack.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top pattern

I’m not quite sure if you can see my bar tack… But it’s there.

Boat Neck Top, pattern by Blaverry

There are so many cute patterns available at Blaverry. I’ve been seeing occasional sales on the new Blaverry Facebook page, as well as blog tours and pattern tester calls. Head over there if you want to keep tabs on this awesome pattern line.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top | SewsNBows

I used a Stenzo jersey knit from L’Ouseau. I like to use quality fabric with Blaverry patterns, because I know I’ll end up with a high end garment.

Blaverry Boat Neck Top : pattern review by SewsNBows

We love the Boat Neck Top pattern from Blaverry. I think I’ll make another for my 9 year old. It would be a cute tunic too!

Boat Neck Top pattern from Blaverry | SewsNBows

All in all, it’s a real quick sew. It’s labeled intermediate, but I think an adventurous beginner could swing it. Just make accurate cuts, & take your time on the yoke.

Until next time!

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Antiques at The Big Round Barn : Part II

Tour of The Big Round Barn on Historic Route 66photo credit to Arcadia Historical Society

Right off historical Route 66 sits the Big Round Barn in Arcadia Oklahoma. It almost fell to ruins, but Luke Robison & the Over The Hill Gang restored it it it’s former glory in 1992.

The Round Barn Rendezvous on Historical Route 66

In my last post about The Big Round Barn, I showed you some old farm equipment, an outhouse, and the beautiful barn loft which was built to host dances. I fully intend on going to one soon!

Today let’s take a look downstairs. There’s a gift shop and lots of  antiques to look at.

Antique Book Press

The Big Round Barn is full of treasures that give us a peek into another time. Fun fact: it was built round in an attempt to make it more tornado proof. I haven’t heard of any research to back up this theory…but it’s still standing.

Antiques on display at The Big Round Barn on Route 66

I’m not exactly sure what this piece of equipment is above. A loom? A giant pencil sharpener? (Just kidding) Any idea, guys?

Antique Copper Canning Kettle

A canning kettle, or boiler as they are sometimes called; is oblong shaped to fit a wood cookstove. They accomodate about ten 2 quart jars. They were made of copper and had wooden handles.

Early 1900's Frigidaire wooden ice chest

This early 1900’s wooden ice chest is the one of the oldest I’ve seen made by Frigidaire. It was a less expensive alternative to the full sized “ice box”, and could travel more easily. I’m sure they had some version of a tailgate party even then…

Antique wooden ice box

And here’s a refrigerator before electricity. It’s called an icebox because chunks of ice were placed into the bottom. Ice was harvested from lakes and ponds in winter and placed in an ice house. The “ice man” would deliver it to homes in a wagon. Later, clean ice was produced year round in industrial plants, and delivered the same way. It looks like this ice box may have had the hardware replaced. I’d sure love to display one of these in my house someday!

Antique Grinding Stone

I’d like to have one of these grinding stones too. The wheel is called a millstone, and they were used to sharpen tools and knives. Its made out of natural stone and if you find the complete rig, it usually works as good as the day it was built. Lots of collectors use these old millstones in their gardens. I think I’d put mine in my sewing room and have sharp pins and scissors for the rest of my life.

Tres Suenos Winery, Luther Oklahoma

As soon as I get a chance, I’ll tell you about our trip to the Tres Suenos Winery & Vineyard. There are so many things to do in Oklahoma off Route 66.


We plan to put an offer down on the farm this week. Fingers crossed we can make a deal!!


Until next time.

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BFF Undies (Shh…don’t tell!)

I’m not sure if this is the coolest thing ever, or utterly strange. So, with great hesitance, I present to you:

BFF Undies

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Lately, I’ve been getting requests for all things monogrammed, initialed, and customized. Since I don’t have an embroidery machine, the decorative stitches on my Brother SB4138 have to suffice.

BFF Undies : Ever wonder what do do with your decorative alphabet stitches? Don't worry, I've come up with the most ridiculous thing ever :)

I have the alphabet plus all the characters and even the weird letters. It’s a fun feature that I haven’t gotten to play with much.

Cutesy monogrammed underwear

Since the letters are pretty tiny, it’s the perfect size for clothing labels or secret messages for my peeps. I may already have made a certain man a pair of briefs with a cutesy love message inside. And perhaps I was busted by our daughter while folding laundry.

Tiny monograms with Brother sewing machines

So when I was asked to make some matching BFF undies, and I obliged.

Why not? (Right? I mean…why not.)

BFF Undies | SewsNBows

Pattern: Classic Panties & Camisole from Peekaboo Patterns * affiliate link

Alterations: I use fold over elastic instead of knit bands, and it’s the fastest sew EVER.

Secret message underwear. It’s a thing. And now…the secret’s out!

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