Make: Anatole the Mouse Costume

by Cat on October 26, 2011

By Designing Mom Shinmin

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here on Mom Inc Daily. I’ve been keeping myself busy with various projects. But I’m always happy to be here and especially when it involves Halloween costumes.

I’m so happy to have Cat egging me on each year.  She and I always meet after the madness to compare battle wounds…. Cat with her burned fingers and me with my cuts and needle pricks.

The tough part of making homemade Halloween costumes (besides always running out of time) is figuring out what to make. Last year Mila was learning the names of animals and the sounds they make, so an owl was an easy choice since she loved the owl. This year Mila has stronger preferences and equally strong dislikes. A good friend suggested Anatole, the classic story of the cheese tasting mouse. Mila is obsessed with the book and we’ve read this book at least 300 times to her. So that was an Ah-Ha moment. And all the pieces immediately came flowing to my head.

First I started with a blue swing coat. I paired this up with a tutu skirt underneath to add more volume to the coat. This coat has a felt tail attached to the back.

Next I made a black felt beret.  This beret is actually very easy to make. I attached some fun mouse ears to the beret, which delighted Mila to no end.

I also made her a felt nose with whiskers, but since I haven’t exactly tried this on her yet (as I work at night while she sleeps), I’m not sure if she will be able breathe with this on.  I might have to attach it to the beret also.

Anatole, the cheese taster, carries a briefcase to work each day. It contains all his notes for the cheeses of the cheese factory – “good”,  “not so good”, ” extra especially good”, etc.

This briefcase gave me some trouble, so I ended up adding a shoulder strap to allow it to hang more naturally. It figured mila would enjoy having her hands free while trick or treating.

I haven’t had time to make the notes yet, so for now, this briefcase just has cheese.

And of course having worked a full day at the cheese factory, a mouse should be able to bring home some cheese for she has honorably earned it.  I better make her more felt cheese.

Throw in a simple red cotton neckerchief. I just sewed a square and the costume is complete.

I’ll send in photos of Mila wearing the costume later.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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Rachel LT October 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I have treasured Anatole since I was young. What a darling interpretation!

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bebe elementals October 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

can I ask how long the cool little personalized briefcase took?

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kT January 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm

I’ve decided to have an Anatole Birthday party for my daughters’ 2nd birthday. This is the perfect outfit for the party!! I’d buy it if you still had it, otherwise I’ll have to wing it an make something similar! ;). Thank you for the adorable idea!

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