Puss in Boots – World Book Day

The day my son has been waiting for for weeks has arrived, it’s World Book Day and I’ve sent him off to school dressed as Puss in Boots. I know the whole dressing up thing has divided opinion among parents, but for my son dressing up is such a big part of his life that a day where the entire school turns up in fancy dress is a massive deal. He’s always loved dressing up, and it makes him so happy I really enjoy helping him get into it too. He was even desperate to go to bed early last night so today would come around quicker, that’s how bad it was. So if you read my last post you’ll know he had his heart set on going as Puss In Boots. Well actually it turned out easier than I thought to cobble a costume together, with a little bit of help from online shopping and a lot of help from my mum, who posted us a cape, belt, welly socks, fur fabric and a tail to help make his dream a reality. If you think this sounds melodramatic, you’ve never met my son! 

I already had a pair of brown trousers, but finding a plain brown long sleeved t-shirt anywhere was a nigh on impossible task. I ended up buying two from eBay, the same but in different sizes, and a darker brown short-sleeved one to wear over the top. That was purely because the ones I originally bought had really wide necks and were pretty clingy and girly looking, but they ended up as a base for the t-shirt so all was not lost. 

Once I’d got the right top sorted it was time to add on a bit of fur fabric to make it more feline. I discovered there is such a thing as fabric glue, so this saved me time on the sewing and it does still feel really secure. I sewed the fur tail onto the back of the top though, to save it dropping off throughout the day.

I did buy a large black floppy hat from Primark, but as it’s an adult hat it proved too big so we’ve resorted to the three-cornered one he had in his dressing up stash. I just glued a large yellow feather (eBay) onto the side and he’s ready to go. As for the boots, a quest for thigh-high ones didn’t work out, but I bought him a pair of black wellies (Matalan) and pulled the welly socks up underneath.

As I’m working today he posed for some early photos outside – though the sound of an excitable Puss in Boots charging down the street at 7.30 is probably not what my neighbours wanted to hear! You may knock World Book Day, but if it gets my boy up and dressed for 6.30 without a fight, what’s not to love?!

X Julia

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    March 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Looks great! I bet he loved it! Very creative costume… I’m impressed. I’m sure sooner or later I will have to deal with things like that too! Even though it’s probably always going to be a princess costume… xx
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    Caro | The Twinkles Momma
    March 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    You, my love, are a bloody marvel!!! What a FANTASTIC costume!!! Absolutely fab — well done!! I’ve got to say, I’m absolutely DREADING it when the twins are at school and I’ve got to start thinking of TWO costumes!! I wonder how many times I’ll be able to get away with Tweedledum and Tweedledee?? x #MyCapturedMoment

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    sarah christie
    March 5, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Julia this is amazing, you are so creative it really is fantastic xx
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    Hayley (@hayleyfromhome)
    March 6, 2015 at 8:39 am

    SO cute, love his pose! Julia, I don’t know how you managed it, I’m so bad a things like this I’m dreading it with out boys. Lucas missed his this week as he has chicken pox so I didn’t have to worry. I bet he loved it though, sounds like his perfect day xx
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    Lyn Bown
    March 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

    I will admit I’m one of those parents who’s rubbish at coming up with ideas for world book day. So am quite glad that mine are both at secondary school and no longer have to dress up!

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    March 8, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I love how a day not in uniform gets my kids ready in minutes! He looks fab it’s so nice to see them pleased with their costumes #sundaystars
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    Lucas James
    March 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Now that is organisation! He looks fab, I hope he enjoyed his dressing up day. The bright side of world book day when your child likes dressing up anyway is that the outfit can go into the dressing up box to be re-worn and enjoyed all over again for as long as the clothes still fit! Great job, both him and you! #iotw
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    Kat | Beau Twins
    March 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Looking the absolute part – woman you are a genius!! Love this!! Well done you talented lady! #SundayStars xxx
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    March 8, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    What a brilliant photo and a fantastic costume.

    There was a lot of World Book Day love in this house. My eldest went to nursery as Cinders and we went homemade all the way. I know I enjoyed it more than her, but she loved it in her own little way.

    Thanks for sharing such a brilliant costume and photo #mycapturedmoment
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    March 8, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Julia, I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… you’re a super mum! With everything that’s going on in your life you find the time to do this for you boy. He looks very chuffed with it too! So gutted Lili’s school didn’t do anything for World Book Day. Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx
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    Mrs H
    March 15, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    You are such a fantastic mummy. That costume is brilliant. And you’ve obviously gone to such effort. I love the fact that your little boy adores dressing up. That is so cute. Thanks for linking up with #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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    February 10, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    This is awesome! What a great idea, I have just started thinking about costumes for this year…Jenson has decided he wants to be a snail like the one in his school library book! Which…I’m not gonna lie, has me a little baffled, I have an idea though lets just hope it works!
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