Activity #537: Sew to order

by Whitney Moss on June 10, 2009

in Crafty,Preschooler

Julian asked me for a chef’s hat. He does a lot of dressing up and pretend play, and seemed to have something in mind. He promised me that he did not mind when I said that it was going to be made out of red polkadotted fabric – the most suitable choice from my fabric stash. My brother is actually a chef and Julian has seen a formal picture of his uncle in a traditional chef hat, so I was pretty sure what I made would be a disappointment. I roughly followed this pattern, but made it sloppy because my client was an impatient preschooler and this was not a Home Ec exam.

My process was not worthy of doing a chef’s hat tutorial for this post. Sorry. I do think that a chef is a good Halloween costume for a baby or kid because it’s pretty simple and you usually want them to wear a hat on Halloween. It was only when I went to write this post that I learned you can buy one for less than $5.00.

Sure enough, my hat was disappointing, but not because of the pattern. Julian fantasized that the hat would be shaped like this:

chef hat

But alas, it was not exactly.

kids chef hat

Still, when we realized he could put a dishtowel around his waist, hold a pad of paper and a pen, and look like a combination chef/waiter, he was completely satisfied with the addition to his dress-up box. I strongly recommend giving your preschooler the opportunity to be a waiter. It was hilarious to see how he treated me and Scarlett, his customers. (He did not earn a tip due to lack of eye contact and not bringing what we ordered.)

waiter costume

Oh, he tantrumed himself into a doorway last week– hence the Batman band-aid over his eyebrow in the picture.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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