I was sent Playful Hoodies in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Halloween costumes are a big deal at my house. Last month my children started talking about what their costumes would be. Last year they went solo, meaning, there was no theme and they didn’t match. I enjoyed listening to them discuss this with one another stating they didn’t really find as much fun in it as the previous years.
It’s true, my children’s Halloween costumes have always matched. We recruited a cousin one year when Jake and Zac decided they wanted to be the Three Musketeers. I made capes of velvet and they loved the eye-liner mustaches. Those capes were recycled when the Beauty Queen was born and they went as The Princess, her Knight in Shining Armor and Prince Charming. We’ve gone as Sesame Street, and super heroes. A 1950s greaser and sock hop girl and so much more.
This year we received the book Playful Hoodies, 25 Reinvented Sweatshirts for Dress Up, for Costumes and for Fun by Mary Rasche. We have enjoyed the pages filled with beautiful color photographs and step-by-step instructions.
Take one store-bought sweatshirt, add fleece embellishments, and voilà! You’ve got a really cool costume. These 25 imaginative and fun projects provide a delightful solution to the annual Halloween conundrum—or for any time kids want to play dress-up. It’s amazingly easy to put together a range of creative characters, including a princess, gnome, frog, owl, pumpkin, and Little Red Riding Hood. There are even a few simple extras to make to complete the outfits, like a wand and a crown. And as a bonus, with these warm sweatshirts, kids won’t even have to wear a coat on Halloween!
Right now, Miss M is planning on being Little Red Riding Hood. Li’l Man isn’t so sure he’s up for being the Wolf in Grandma’s nightgown, so whether we follow tradition and do a theme, or fly solo again this year is still a mystery.
Playful Hoodies is a brilliant book that will have you creating original and fun costumes regardless of your sewing skills.