this isn't a halloween costume, but I figured this was the most appropriate board, nonetheless...
My son is turning 4 (in a week!!!) and wanted to have a superhero themed party this year. He has asked that his friends all come dressed as their favorite superheroes, too. We have been working our butts off to DIY as much as we can to prep for next weekend's craziness. Up until Thursday night, he has wanted to dress as Spiderman, and I was at a loss as to how to get a costume done in time with everything else, or where to buy one this time of year without shopping online. Well, Thursday when we were talking about it, I had suggested he wear his Spiderman jammies, but then he says he never wants to be Spiderman. He wants to be batman.
Glad I never started making a Spiderman costume
Anyways, I sat down and tried to think this out, because he also has Batman jammies, but wouldn't wear those either. We went to pre-order balloons, and they had a plastic batman mask for $5, so I bought that thinking I could throw a towel on him dressed in black and call it done. Well, then it hit me! Batman has MANY different costumes over the years, and one of my personal favorites was the gray costume. This past halloween, DS was a gargoyle http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394104.0, and I made him a gray jumpsuit with a removable tail, wings, etc. I know I have a good 4m of black jersey sitting unused in my sewing room, and I HAVE to have something yellow, somewhere in this house that I could cut up.
Upstairs, I pulled out a dingy, stained yellow t-shirt, the black jersey, last years costume & some felt. I cut a tube from the bottom of the shirt to make a really quick (utility) belt. I skipped the utility part, and just sewed a tube, then turned it rightside out & topstitched it to keep it flat. I cut out a large rectangle of black jersey, rounded the top off, cut a oval for his head, and split the front for ties. I made jagged cuts like Batman's cape. I then used the cut out oval as the base for his bat symbol, and made a matching oval out of yellow felt (sturdier than the jersey) Cut out a bat symbol and stitched the black in behind. I hot glued another piece of felt on the back, then some safety pins with small strips of felt & more hot glue.
He was skeptical of everything I was doing, and kept a VERY close eye, so Mommy didn't mess anything up, but when I had it all done (about 45 minutes from start to finish), I had him put it on & test it out. HE LOVES IT! He's running around the house in full gear, and won't take it off. He wants to wear it to bed...
We decided to skip the gloves/bracers as he will be busy playing games & running around with his friends. He also didn't like the idea of "underwear on top of my pants - that's silly Mommy!"
Comments/Criticisms? I know there's lots of room for improvement, but this was such a quick, simple solution!
Last night was a busy night. Amongst my many endeavours were these cute shirts for a friend's daughters. These are entirely based off a shirt that I made for my son, which in turn was based off some image I saw floating around the net long ago. When she saw the shirt on DS, she lost her mind, going on about how cute it was, and what an important message it was. She asked if I could make some for her girls, who are 5 & 6. I got their sizes, and wanted to get these done right away, as they are only in town for March Break.
Cheap white kids T's from Wal-Mart, some hot pink glow in the dark dimensional fabric paint, and blue & green eco-eflt (made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles). A small amount of patience & sewing, followed by some quick painting & drying time.
What do you think? I have my hubby asking if I could mass-produce these (which I definitely think I could), an order for a man's XL & a set to be made for a co-worker's twin neices.
About a month and a half ago, my husband, my son & I decided to adopt a puppy. We found a Irish Wolfhound, English Mastiff, Lab, Rotti cross. He was too old for anyone to want him anymore, gentle as all get out & just amazing. We fell in love & brought him home with us. He was sad & depressed without all the other dogs around from his farm home, though. My husband decided a month later to get him a puppy. His friend had a dog that was raising her own litter, as well as fostering an abandoned litter of sharpei/pit bull pups.
We brought one of the fostered pups home with us. She's a lot more work than our laid back, gentle giant. But she keeps things interesting, that's for sure!
Wolfgang (the gentle giant) is a big fuzzy teddy bear, and she stays as close to him as possible to keep warm, as her hair is about 1/4" long and we've had some bizarre Canadian spring weather here.
To help her cope with the temperatures without feeling the need to be attached to her "big brother" 24/7, I threw together this little sweater made from an old sweater that I no longer wear.
What do you think?
The belly's a little loose on her, but as she's not even 3 months yet, I wanted room for it to grow with her throughout the spring. When she's done growing, I plan on turning Wolfgang's sheddings into a crochet sweater for her...
Whew! I finally got it all done! First, some pics of the packages, which I wanted to post before, but never got a chance to...
I LOVED the themed tags
AAAAAnd, opening all the awesomeness! First, DS with his present:
Also, his first name starts with "S" which makes Superman just that much cooler to him! It went right on his bed lol
Then hubby opening his:
He was pretty happy to have a wolf pillow to go with his wolf blanket & pictures & knife &...you get the idea.
I also got a pillow - rainbow tree? OMG! I want mine in the living room! lol
A couple of hoops for my developing wall (first ones, really...) I'm a Big Bang fan, and DS LOVES "Soft Kitty" too. He makes me sing it every night (and is like Sheldon in more ways than I care to admit)
Slothy also sent me a great little kit to get me started on embroidery, which is something that I just have never been able to sit and make myself do!
AAAAAND!! Chocolate! What Christmas would be complete without it? We had a piece or two tonight already...
BIG EYES! (he thought they were all for him lol)
Thank you so much for all the amazing gifts, Slothy! My men were very happy to be included in my swapping, and I think my hubby might be more ok with it if HE got gifts all the time lol
Get ready to post your packages, pretty wrapping paper, and teaser shots! Then, get ready for the best part - on December 18th, carefully save each piece of tape, paper, bow & fabric, or just rip those suckers open with gleeful abandon! We will gather around the Craftster yule log & share in the warmth of the season with well-wishes and totally awesome hand-made goodies; as well as the big reveal - who sent you all this awesomeness?
I got a wonderful thank you package from PenguinSoup today! Here is everything all together
This is directly from my Pinterest - the amazing DROPS headband! This will go so far to keep my ears warm this winter! (Hats never reach because my head is huge and I have 1" lobes)
Secondly, there were all these wonderful crochet patterns! The white was all copies of patterns she has, then a bunch of Crochet Today magazines (which I lent out most of my old copies and never got back), some Red Heart pattern books (one skein wonders & a dishcloth set!) AND a sewing pattern for skirt, shirt & vest!
And, some stitch markers! (which may have been an error?) I have always wanted stitch markers, and never actually had a set of my own - I just use bits of scrap yarn if I have to mark anything.
And lastly, but DEFINITELY NOT LEAST! A GIANT PINK KNIT SQUID!!!! You have no idea how freaking AWESOME this thing is! Seriously! It's knit (which I can't do to save my life), and it's PINK (my favorite colour) and it's a freaking SQUID!
DS came home and commandeered it He is a squid thief....I'm stealin it back & hidin it tho!
So, for the first time in his very short life, my son has chosen his own Halloween costume. He started off wanting to be a scary monster, with wings & horns, made of stone. Thus, gargoyle. He looked at pictures online & confirmed, so I got started in the planning & making process. Here's the finished product:
I previously posted a tutorial for his wings here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=391123.0 Well, we painted those navy wings gray & I made almost everything else. The jumper (one piece) was made from a ribbed gray knit I got almost a full bolt of for $10!! I made simple two-piece pants with inside seams only, and a top with an open back & mock-neck collar, then attached the two at the waist. No pattern, just used existing clothing to get the right sizing. The tail was a large triangle sewn up with a circle on the end, stuffed with some poly-fil & elastic attached for his waist. We tried & failed, several times, to make a suitable mask, so opted instead to use some light-weight foam clay (I think it's called Model Magic) to form horns which I attached with elastic. I also covered a pair of crocs in the same fabric, but his feet had a growth spurt in the short time between finishing them & trick-or-treating, so we had to wear our boots instead.
The belt was bought at the dollar store, and the axe was from his Dad.
Add some black & white face paint, and some blue hair spray (his request) & all was complete!
All ready to start knocking doors!
This costume was a huge hit in our neighborhood & got lots of comments/compliments He had a blast!
I received a package from rlynn today! I got notification that a package was at the PO yesterday, picked it up this morning, and have finally had time to PM & post!
She sent me a lot of really awesome fabrics!
I have plans for everything already! I want to use some of the striped jersey with the truck jersey from jexxi for DS, the denim & green floral will make some cute new clothes, and I want to covet the white with green & orange flowers & not make anything, for fear of ruining it! I just love it