Given that the last 2 years we had storms and therefore Halloween was cancelled, I haven't had a chance to make costumes in a while. So, when given the assignment to create kids costumes with a French feel for our Halloween Special issue, I was thrilled. I was determined to make them really simple, with minimal sewing and easily accessible, inexpensive supplies. And definitely not cute (the models would take care of that part). Napoleon and Josephine certainly fit that bill (especially the cute model part).
Napoleon's jacket started with a hoodie, cut, then trimmed with bias tape, felt and fringe simply using fabric glue. A white shirt is cut into points and again bound (glued) in bias tape, the collar stands up by simply replacing the buttons and folding it down. 2 pieces of felt form the hat. White jeans and black rubber boots complete the look. No sewing machine needed, the only stitching involved is for buttons. Yet he looks like a real Emperor, no !? For full instructions for these and several other kids costumes, take a look at our Halloween special issue.