SIMPLICITY 4910 (MONKEY COSTUME) REVIEW

Pattern Description:
A very, very cute monkey costume for toddlers. The basic pattern is a back closing jumpsuit, with a headpiece and shoes. Other views are a butterfly, lion, and frog. Pattern at Patternreview.com.
Simplicity 4910 Monkey Costume

Pattern Sizing:
Supposedly 1/2 (6 months) to 4T. Note that my son is only 37 inches tall, which is the height for 3T, and the 4T fits him just fine. So, again, I strongly recommend that you measure the flat pattern before starting. I was hoping that this costume would last more than one year, but I don’t think it will.

The headpiece come in 3 sizes with no sizing information given. I made the largest, and it was too small. I added an extra piece to make the chin strap longer.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much.
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Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but Simplicity “simplifies” costume pattern instructions which I really don’t like. I don’t think it makes the costume easier to sew.

There were no instructions on sizing for the headpiece, and there were no instructions on attaching the hat to the headpiece.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: It’s so cute.

DISLIKE: The sizing & instruction issues discussed above.

Fabric Used:
The pattern calls for fleece, and this year that might have worked, but since we can’t count on it being below 100F/38C before November, I choose to make the costume out of quilting cotton/broadcloth. The butterfly costume calls for a woven cotton, and since it uses the same pattern pieces, I figured the cotton would be fine for the monkey, too.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of velcro, I used snaps for the jumpsuit and for the headpiece. I had to add the chinstrap in which I would insert elastic if I were doing it again. I topstitched a lot of things because I think that makes a big difference. I sandwiched the elastic in the headpiece between the 2 layers instead of just sewing it to the lining. I tacked the hat down at the seamlines on the headpiece. I used timtex instead of a heavyweight fusible interfacing in the hat. I made monk’s cord and only used one button on the vest, and I embellished the hat instead of using a tassle.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won’t sew it again. How many monkey costumes does a little boy need? And my kids will be too big for toddler costumes next year.

It’s really cute, so I think it is worth the effort and aggravation. Just be careful about the sizing.

Conclusion
Cute, cute, cute.

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