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Dana_M_S
« on: October 16, 2006 09:46:34 AM »

My 3 year-old son informed me last week that he wants to be "Monsters Inc." for Halloween - all the characters!  I finally got him to agree to Sully and to carry a Mike treat bag (I'm making from a plastic pumkin painted green with Mike's face painted on and arms and legs from a stuffed frog attached).  Well, I purchased the costume on eBay and he decided he wants to be Boo, the little girl.  So, I'm hoping I can talk him into Sully after he sees the costume with the Mike bag (plus the Boo doll I also bought on eBay), but I'm preparing to make a Boo costume.  I could find a Boo costume on eBay going for $50 - 60, but I am NOT spending that on a costume (I really prefer to make a costume rather than buy it, but I didn't want to attempt Sully).  Plus, I figure if the Monsters made her costume in the movie, I can too (I realize they are fictional, but in theory it's a home made costume). 

So, any ideas or patterns you know of I might be able to put together?  I'm an OK sewer, but I'm not that great at clothes.  I'm more of a cut-a-t-shirt-hot-glue kind of girl.  I bought cotton fabric I found cheap that's purple with diamonds that looks a lot like the fabric in her costume. 

For the body I'm thinking I'll make a tube, with lining batting to make it puffy.  The hood part is where I'm getting stuck.  I know I can use yarn and make the eyes, but it's the rest of the head I'm not sure how to do.  Any suggestions would be appreciated! 

I'm thinking if I can get my son to be Sully, I might make the Boo costume for myself, so there's a good chance I'll be making it for someone!

Here's a photo of Boo in her costume:


THANKS!
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Hey_Pooks
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2006 08:30:13 AM »

When my DD was 3, I made her a Boo costume!! It turned out so cute.  I found a monster costume pattern at the fabric store, and modified it to look more like Boo.  The body of the suit was basically a tube with arm holes that velcroed in the back.  The hood part was probably the trickiest . . . but I just used a mop (Like Mike and Sully did!) and some styrofoam balls for the eyes.  I can find a photo and will post it later if you're interested in seeing it!
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Dana_M_S
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2006 10:18:54 AM »

Thanks - I'd love to see the photo!  I figures I'd make a tube with arm holes and the velcro closure, but the hood has me stumped!  I did buy a Boo doll in her costume, so having it in 3D helps me, but I'd love to see you photo.

Thanks!
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Hey_Pooks
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2006 09:35:25 PM »

Alrighty then.  I found a photo, and was even able to dig up the patterns I used to make the costume.  My, I was inventive!!  Must have been before the Mommy Brain fully set in!!

Here's the costume (can't post the photos yet, since I'm a newbie, so here are the links!  Sorry!): 

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c80/Hey_Pooks/boo1.jpg

I made it by combining two costume patterns.  The body was from a package of M&M costume (was Simplicity 0610):
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c80/Hey_Pooks/boo3.jpg

The mask was modified from a monster pattern (Butterick 3557, the green guy in the bottom right corner): 
http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c80/Hey_Pooks/boo2.jpg

I hope that helps you somewhat!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2006 10:17:28 PM »

I dressed up as boo the year monsters inc came out because my friends said i looked like her, but I didn't do her "monster" costume, I just did the super large pink T-shirt, purple leggings deal. hehehe. 
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2006 04:06:11 AM »

Heavy-duty wire and some stiff purple fabric?
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Dana_M_S
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2006 06:43:28 AM »

Hey_Pooks - thanks so much!  I really appreciate it Smiley  Your little girl is so cute!  The two patterns are perfect together - very nice!  It's exactly what I am looking for.  And I know what you mean about Mommy Brain - I got it when I was pregnant (my husband had sympathy Daddy Brain - fortuntaly we usually had it at different time so at least ONE of us knew what was going on).  I'm still waiting for it to go away.

Annaonthemoon - I totally would have gone the pink shirt and purple leggins route had I been dressing up a little girl.  I don't think anyone would have gotten it, plus they'd be wondering why my son was a little girl Smiley

Thanks so much Smiley
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