With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Vintage Butterick Pattern for Halloween Costumes

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Butterick Pattern for Halloween Costumes

My mom was an avid seamstress and a perfectionist. Every seam was over-locked and every button securely attached. Our little fingers would be sore pushing those buttons through the tight buttonholes but those babies were never falling off.

Her hard work paid off as the items she made lasted
through generations of use.
This Little Bo Peep pattern was originally made for my sister
(notice the 1952 date.)

Here I am wearing the Bo Peep costume with a neighbor ghost and a cousin wearing a pirate costume made originally for my brother in 1952. His grandson wore it last year.

Removing the cummerbund, adding a vest and big bonnet, a slightly different costume was created for the following year.

My daughter, Jill continuing the tradition.

Our thespian daughter, Jamie wore the costume in a school play.

Here is my sweet granddaughter, Keri Jill, feeling pretty special in
Mom-Mom's Little Bo Peep costume.
She even found her lost sheep ♥
This costume, along with many others my mom has made, has been loaned out to many cousins, neighbors and friends through the years. Though threadbare in places and less crisp than before, it is still making the rounds. This year, when my daughters friend told her that her little Gracie wanted to be Bo Peep for Halloween, she replied...
I have a costume!


Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

What a great post! That is so wonderful that you still have the costumes!! They are adorable!

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I love that these have been passed down through so many children! Love the story...you always do a nice job with the tell part of your Show and Tell!

Cheryl said...


marie said...

Such beautiful costumes and such beautiful memories to go along with them.

Lady Farmer said...

What a keepsake! I hope the things I make will stand the test of time and be passed on, too!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

What a great thing to pass down this costume from generation to generation.

Miss Jen said...

Awww.... how precious!
Your mother was so talented!!
Beautiful keepsakes indeed.

Love~ Miss Jen

Rebekah@Red's Nest said...

Amazing that these costumes are still around and it's become a family tradition. I just love that. It's also very cute. Your mother did a great job.

Mildred said...

That is so sweet that the costumes can still be shared and your photos and memories are so beautiful.

Sheila said...

The costume is great.. But what i want to post about here is i can't tell your photo from your daughters.. YOu two are twins.. hahaha Sweet Memories.. thanks for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my gosh...these photos of the costumes and trick 'r' treaters just makes me want to giggle with delight!!!

Great memories you've shared.

Mine today is just a sketch I drew. [along with a little worksheet share for a simple craft project....AND links to my photos of the trip to the zoo!!! LOL ---a busy post.]

Click HERE

Have a glorious Friday, and super weekend.!!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

All I can say is WOW! Thanks for sharing the memories!

Susan said...

This is absolutely awesome. How blessed so many have been by the work and labor of your mothers hands!!!! Thanks for sharing this.

Christa said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a kind message. I'm looking forward to stopping by yours as well.
I love the Bo Peep costume. What makes it even more special is that it was passed down to your daughter and now your granddaughter. What great memories you are creating for them.



Leann said...

Hello My Friend!

This is so terrific, first that you still have the costume is wonderful. But the fact that you still have the pattern is just, well amazing!

I love the photo's everyone looks terrific!

The Watts Family said...

Oh how sweet! Love all the pictures ~Blessings Heather

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Your mother did such a beautiful job on the costume, it has stood the test of time. What a lovely tradition. Such treasurered memories!

Each of you look so adorable in it!


Janice said...

Goodness me, your mother was quite the seamstress. I loved to see all those photos through the years, that was very special. I was interested to see that your granddaughter calls you Mom-Mom, because my boys called my mother Mum-mum (mum's mum)I take it yours has the same origin?

Mama Zen said...

Amazing how it has lasted!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

How wonderful that you mother saved this sweet costume ! My mom dressed me up as a toy soldier when I was 3 and It was the cutest thing you ever saw! Even had the huge key in back and how she got that to stay I have no idea!! She was so very creative but we never kept the costumes!

I read you previous post about memorizing scripture. I used to walk alot and had 3 x 5 cards with verses on them that I would memorize. When we moved to CO 2 years ago my walking has not been happening and so have struggled with memorizing. There was something about walking for me that so helped that other techniques just didn't seem to do for me (my ADD brain!).

You have brought me back to asking the Father for a way to memorize His Word again. It is so cold here in the winter that walking is out but surely He can show me another way!


Joy said...

Those costumes wers so sweet. I can see where you get your perfectionist tendiences--(which I admire!) I can tell how meticulous you are with your creations--they are of such quality. Great memories to pass down through the generations.

Snippety Gibbet said...

That is the coolest thing. What a legacy. I can't think of anyone else who has any comparable story to that one. What a great tale for doing your best.


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