Monday, August 17, 2015

Have an Animated Halloween - Cartoon Halloween Costumes: Part 1 - Disney

Part 1 - DISNEY

For almost as long as there's been sewing patterns AND cartoons, there's been licensed cartoon Halloween costume sewing patterns.  I thought I'd showcase some of the cute and fun cartoon Halloween costumes you can make... Halloween will be here before you know it!

This topic has SO many patterns, I decided to break it up into parts.  Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna-Barbera, Etc... they all have their own licensed costumes!

Probably when most people think of "cartoon," they easily think of "Disney."  For decades, Disney hasn't been shy about licensing their characters for sewing patterns.  There are imitation and copy-cat costumes out there, of course, but I wanted to focus on officially licensed patterns.

(Oh yeah, you can see some early Disney-licensed Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter and March Hare costumes at this previous blog entry!)

Let's get started, there's a lot to cover!

How about some Classic Disney?

1.)  Donald Duck in Simplicity 7731; Find Crafty Patterns
2.)  Mickey Mouse in Simplicity 9386; Vienna's Grace
3.)  Daisy Duck in Simplicity 7734; Find Crafty Patterns

How about some more Classic Disney?

1.)  Captain Hook in Simplicity 7791; Lonestar Blondie
2.)  Pinnochio & Geppetto in Simplicity 8334; Vogue Vixens
3.)  Peter Pan & Tinkerbell in Simplicity 7784; Vogue Vixens

Yes, still more Classic Disney.

1.)  Minnie Mouse in Simplicity 7730; Vogue Vixens
2.)  Snow White in Simplicity 7735; Lonestar Blondie
3.)  Mickey Mouse in Simplicity 7729; Laguna Lane

Did somebody say "princess?!"

Who's the fairest of them all?

Princess patterns are in no shortage in the pattern world!

1.)  Merida from Brave in Simplicity 1557; People Packages
2.)  Rapunzel from Tangled in Simplicity 2065; Grandma Made With Love
3.)  Elsa & Anna from Frozen in Simplicity 0733; Wit's End Design
4.)  Snow White & Cinderella in Simplicity 2813; Grey Dog Vintage

This is so cute! ^__^

Not a costume, but how about this amazing vintage Cinderella apron from Penny's and Disney, available at Keepsakes Studio?  Wow!  Really rare and awesome.  I haven't been able to find an actual vintage Cinderella Disney-licensed costume, but perhaps one existed?  Let me know if you know of one!

So much fun!

1.)  Toddler Disney Princesses in 4949; Pattern Matters
2.)  Woody & Jessie in Simplicity 9433; MbChills
3.)  Jasmine & Ariel in Simplicity 9919; She Finds Vintage

Those dwarf costumes are amazing!

All from mbchills comes
1.)  Grumpy & Dopey in Simplicity 7736
2.)  Ariel, Snow White & Cinderella in Simplicity 5832
3.)  Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Simplicity 9844

This is amazing and rare!

Via the Vintage Pattern Wiki is this rare licensed Snow White costume, McCall 558; circa 1930s!  Disney has never been shy at licensing to every possible market. :)  This one is really a stunner, probably one of the first if not the first Disney-licensed pattern.

I love the fairy costumes! :3

Hard to find pattern Simplicity 8328 via the Vintage Pattern Wiki comes this Sleeping Beauty costume.. featuring Princess Aurora and cutely, the three fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

The graphic is beautiful!

Advance 709 in the Vintage Pattern Wiki is this very rare and really beautiful Peter Pan costume!  I couldn't find any other Disney-licensed Advance patterns.  Please tell me if you know of any. :)  I think it is unusual that while most Disney patterns are now licensed under the Simplicity brand, the earliest Disney costumes were licensed to McCall's.. and this one to Advance!

Picture via Vintage Pattern Wiki.

You can bet everyone wants this rare Maleficent costume pattern, Simplicity 8329!  RARE!  Expensive if you find one.

Oh wow!
Found on The Walt Disney Company blog via Pinterest, this amazing 1930s Mickey and Minnie costume from McCall (#142) is out of control!  I have never seen one for sale.  This is REALLY RARE and I was so excited to see it.

I'm sure this is only a SMALL SAMPLING of the licensed Disney costumes that have been offered for sale over the years.

Disney has licensed patterns for embroidery transfers, 18" doll-sized costumes, 11.5" doll-sized costumes, even Disney princess costumes for your DOG.

If you know of any other pre-1980s Disney costume patterns that I have missed, please fill me in!  I really enjoy archiving this information the best that I can.

Look for more cartoon sewing pattern features in the future!


  1. Love the costumes, especially the McCall's Snow White.

  2. I love seeing the very early licensed costumes, a fun read and so well researched, thank you!

  3. Those old costumes are fantastic! Great article!

  4. Thanks so much for all the time you put into this wonderful article!

  5. Wow, amazing vintage finds...that vintage Snow White costume is gorgeous!

  6. No wonder kids love Halloween so much.
    All these costumes are awesome.

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