I made a May from Totoro baby costume (dress and bag) for my friend’s baby daughter! You can read about how I made this dress below and then download the Totoro baby costume pattern at the bottom. Enjoy!
The costume dress and bag are fully lined. Both would benefit from being made from something stiffer than your typical cotton broadcloth or quilting cotton, or being interfaced for body/stiffness.
I added some decorative stitches along the hem (optional). Some sewing machines have built in decorative stitches, I used leaves.
- 1 1/2″+ yard of pink fabric for the dress.
- 1/2″ yard yellow fabric for the bag.
- 3, 18mm sized pink buttons.
Cut the first set of front and back on the fold and then use the cut-out full front and back fabric pieces to cut the lining front and back. (This way you can carefully use up the remaining yardage, there’s just barely enough and they won’t be perfectly on the grain.)
To complete your May from Totoro baby costume you’ll need:
- a cute cotton or knit collared, puff-sleeved white shirt
- white puffy bloomers or diaper cover
- trim up a baby straw hat
- do your girl’s hair up in pigtails with pink ball ponytail holders…
- and perhaps put some acorns or a small Totoro plush in her bag!
Take some photos of your girl picking flowers or playing in trees or bushes!
- Please note, this pattern is only what I’m guessing is 18-24 mo size, though you might be able to scale it. It hasn’t been beta tested other than me making it. If you’re concerned about fit, please make a muslin and try it on your child, first!
- This pattern and the subsequent items you make out of it are for personal use only, no resale or for profit.
May Dress and Bag Pattern by Aimee Steinberger is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.