One of the joys (?) of having a toddler is your immersion in cbeebies. I’m now an expert in all kinds of pre-school tv, but one of the Monkey’s favorites is Go Jetters about four young explorers who are taken round the world by a disco dancing unicorn, finding out about geography and dealing with an incompetent baddie. As you do! She loves it, whenever the music comes on she makes us all dance with her and comes and finds us.
When she asked for a Xuli costume (one of the characters) I decided it was doable and a fun project. The outfit is basically a purple all in one with yellow detail. To make the all in one I used the same teddy pram suit pattern as I have made twice before. Teddy pram suit for a friend and Yogi Bear fancy dress for the monkey. I extended the pattern at the bodice and put a zip in the front, but otherwise kept the pattern the same. I had thought about putting elastic at the ankles and cuffs, but turned out not to be necessary.
We had a trial fitting before I put on the arms and detail, which turned into a trip to the park. I thought she actually looked pretty good in it.
The final job of putting the yellow detail on was pretty quick as I did it in felt. The only thing that didn’t quite match up was the hood detail at the back, but it was only a small miss. It’s still missing the Go Jetters badge on the front, but my husband is going to make that in the next few days, and the monkey didn’t seem to notice.
Overall I’m happy with the end result, and so was the monkey. She wore it for a walk in the wood yesterday. A suitable global adventure for an explorer!