Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!

I made a costume for my son when he was about 4 and obsessed with everything to do with dinosaurs.  I had a book called Sew a Dinosaur - 21 playful prehistoric beasts to follow you home, which included a pattern for a kid-sized Triceratops costume.

The problem is, my son REALLY wanted to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex. They look nothing whatsoever like Triceratops.

Somehow or other, I did it.

 
Details:  The head pieces were cut from cheap alligator-print knit over 1" foam backed with lining (bloody red for the inside of the head).  The teeth and claws were more of the foam.  I had to bone the head to keep the jaws out front, and to prevent the top one collapsing.  Even so it wasn't the easiest costume for him to see out of.

The body is made without the foam.  The tail was a cone of the alligator print sewn over foam.  The base of the tail is circular, sewn to the back of the shirt.  To keep the tail from dragging, I attached an elastic belt to the SAs on the inside, and it fit snugly around my son's hips.  The tail stayed straight out and wiggled as he walked.

It was extremely cute, if I say so myself, and it was worn many times by many kids.

10 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. You must have been nicknamed super mom! What an awesome costume! So much work but I know it was worth it.

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  2. That is an awesome costume! I can just imagine how he must have been so thrilled with it.

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  3. Supermum indeed ,, what a fabulous outfit !!

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  4. That pattern looks so complex and wonderful! Great fabric. I'm sure folks were very impressed as he went about trick or treating.

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  5. wow. Note to self: must not let my son see this!

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  6. Amazing. Lucky little tot (cute, too)!

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  7. That is the coolest costume!

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  8. Just saw this from the link on the 'coat' post. I LOVE the tail! What fun, and how nice that it's been so well loved by so many little Tyrannosaurs.

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