I recently made these Batman costumes for two little boys for their birthdays. But I had to have models to make sure they fit and, conveniently, my grand-girls are the same age so they got to be the models.
This is what I ended up with when it was time to take them off! I guess little girls like to be Batman too?
The real reason I'm even writing about this is because of the memories involved. You see, my son Logan (who is now 29 years old now) loved Batman. I purchased this pattern from McCalls and made him his first Batman suit when he was two years old. Unfortunately, that was just the beginning. I have proof in the fact that I have the above pattern in sizes all the way up to 10! I made him a new suit every year. (I also made them for his friends and his cousins too!) Logan came up with ideas every year to make it better. He would sit in the chair next to where I was sewing and he would say, "But Mom, I want it like this...."
His biggest complaint was that the ears wouldn't stand up. So we would put heavier stuff inside them every time! (Above picture: proof that the ears won't stand up!)
This Batman suit was not for Halloween. Believe me when I tell you that it was worn on a daily basis. We have a story of Logan, when he was 9 years old, with his first horse and it was a common sight to see him in his Batman suit riding his horse... trotting along the dirt road with the cape flying out behind him!
I remember the cape had to get bigger and bigger... better for flying you know!
I love things that remind me of when my kids were little.
The pattern is no longer available. (Unless you purchase it used from eBay of course.) But trust me, they don't make the new Batman suits the same. This pattern is the full deal. The suit, the cape, the hood, and the belt. I designed a mask too when my son got older and said, "But Mom, I need a mask"!
Jillian has the bat hanging thing down to a fine art!
And Rosy totally has the pout down to a fine art!
We still have a few boxes in storage and one of the boxes is my photo albums and pictures in shoe boxes.... otherwise I would've had a few pictures of my son here too!
For some reason making these little Batman suits hit me pretty hard... I could actually feel myself going back in time to my sewing table with that darling little blonde boy sitting next to me saying, "Mom, you have to make the cape have little curves in it because that's how the real one is."
Does this happen to you too? Where suddenly something triggers a memory so profound it takes you right back in time?
I'd love to hear one of yours.