Jaye is still young enough that I get to choose her Halloween costume. This is probably the last year that will happen, so I knew I had to choose well. But I also wanted to choose something she would like (Phil was voting for her to be a grunt from Halo) and recognize. So I decided to make a Maisy Mouse costume. Maisy is a children’s book character and one of Jaye’s favorites.
Here’s how I created a DIY Maisy Mouse costume. When you google “Maisy Mouse” it turns out that Maisy doesn’t wear any one identifiable outfit. At first I planned to have Jaye wear blue overalls and a read shirt like the Maisy bow she owns. But then I decided randomly one day (with an hour left in MDO) to make a skirt. I had some Maisy fabric I’d ordered from an Etsy shop thinking I would use it for something. So I started searching for a tutorial, and then ended up sort of following a tutorial and sort of winging it. I certainly WON’T be writing any sewing tutorials any time soon. But the skirt turned out so cute, that I decided to make a little tote bag for all
my her Halloween candy.
Then I moved onto the ears. First, I cut out 4 semi-circles from the felt. I made the brown circle slightly smaller. Then, I used felt glue to glue the smaller circle inside the larger one. The felt glue just wouldn’t stick, so I ended up hand sewing some stitches around the edge. I cut two little slits in the bottom of the ear. Then I folded each edge of the ear in to the center along those little split lines and used hot glue to hold it. This step gives your ear dimension. Finally, I used even more hot glue to attach the ears to a plain white headband. I also used felt to sew a long tube for a tail. At first I tried stuffing the tail, but it looked silly, so I just left it empty and safety-pinned it to the back of the skirt.
I used face paint to add a pink circle to Jaye’s cute little nose. And then three black lines on each side for whiskers. She got confused at this point and kept thinking she was a cat. But she was happy, so that’s what matters.
The final finishing touch for her costume was her shoes! Jaye got the gray Kenna shoes from Stride Rite to wear with her Halloween costume. These adorable gray shoes from Stride Rite were absolutely perfect with her costume, like little gray mouse feet.
Stride Rite Shoes: Our Take
- The fit: Jaye typically wears a 7.5 and these fit “just rite!” The strap across the top is snug enough to keep the shoe on, but not so tight it leaves a line on Jaye’s foot. The toes are wide enough to wear with tights, which is nice for winter.
- They are warm and comfy because they have fur on the inside along the bottom and sides.
- I love that the shoes have really good tread on the soles to keep Jaye safe and standing upright. Especially when she’s scampering along trick or treating.
- Jaye loves that she can put the shoes on by herself.
- The construction of the shoes is really sturdy. I know she’ll be able to wear them all season long, and they’ll still look good.
- We both love how cute they are–she literally jumped for joy when she saw them shouting, “new shoes! new shoes!” I love the mix of the sweater material with the sparkly bow.
Stride Rite shoes are getting in the Halloween spirit with fun themed shoes! They are offering themed shoes around some of the season’s hottest costumes like Spider-Man, Captain America, Star Wars, Disney Princess and Minnie Mouse. Jaye also has an Elmo costume in her closet that she might wear to one party. Stride Rite has some super cute Elmo shoes that would complement the little furry Elmo outfit.
Safety at Halloween is even more important than cute costumes. I appreciated that Jaye’s gray shoes had really sturdy soles to keep her from slipping. There are also a lot of fun Stride Rite shoes that have lights in them, which would be perfect for Halloween since they’ll make the little ones more visible in the dark. Another way we stay safe at Halloween is sticking to events sponsored by people we know. We’ll be trick or treating at a neighborhood Halloween party this year.