I had already put this old jacket in the recycling bag when I decided to pull it out and try to change it into something else......
......and this is the result - a cute owl Halloween costume for my (almost) 18 month old.
I started with the jacket and cut off part of the front panels and also made the pleat at the bag a little bigger to bring the jacket in.
The sleeves were short anyway so I didn't touch them at all.
I searched in the house for suitable fabric for the feathers but couldn't find much so bought a couple of packs of pillowslips and cut them up into feather shapes.
But the jacket still looked too long so I cut quite a bit of the length off and curved the front edges to look more like a cape.
To complete it I cut some fleece for the hat the same width as a hat he already has and then cut two big circles and two smaller circles from the pillowslip fabric and tacked them on. Then I stitched on the buttons that were originally on the jacket to complete the eyes. Then I just cut a triangle from yellow felt.
I finished the hat with some feathery ears.
And here he is! It was almost impossible to get a decent picture so I'm going to try again in the daylight although I don't think he'll stay very still.