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« on: October 14, 2004 09:34:46 AM »

Greetings Crafters,
I am a newbie, so please forgive any errors in this posting. I am writing to get your suggestions about how to best complete my son's fish costume. I've already made the fish (which I'm calling a Japanese Koi). It iis a three dimensional foam head from either Simplicity or McCall's.


I used satin brocades and gold lame fabrics.

Here's a picture .

The fish sits on his shoulders. I was pleased to have made the fish (the sewing of which was a bear!) months ago. Now that it's finished I don't want to waste the effect by having him wear jeans and a t-shirt. I was thinking of something that could double as pajamas or other clothes. Maybe a long sleeved pj's made out of fleece or flannel (in watery blues, then maybe attach green felt strips to resemble seaweed? Any thoughts?


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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2004 09:39:16 AM »

Those were my thoughts... Go with something resembling water.  Does his head stay in the costume?  If not, you could paint his face blue, with bubbles going up the sides.  Mabe you could put lillypads on his clothes or something... good luck, love the fish!

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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2004 02:07:35 PM »

Of course, if you can find a pyjama fabric (cotton, flannel, wynceyette, whatever) that has a bubble or fish print on it that would be cool... then you wouldn't need anything else. Maybe some "seaweed" on his shoes?

The fish is amazing. I can't believe you had the patience to make that!!
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2004 10:14:23 PM »

Lisaquilts, you are the Best. Mother. Ever. I saw that pattern a couple weeks ago and thought about making a...school of them, and re-enacting the fish tank from Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life." Then I snapped back into reality...and remembered the Halloween I made FOUR (yes, all 4) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for my nephew and a friend's sons. Soft sculpture heads, front and back shells, green jumpsuits. That was a true hell.

Again, I say: you are the Best. Mother. Ever. And I feel your pain.

« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2004 05:25:03 AM »

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for all the encouragement, especially the mothering praise from monstergirl. A must admit, that as i spent the many many hours involved in this costume, I was thinking many many uncharitable thoughts:  "no human child will ever appreciate this costume," "No wonder God made all the animals. This is *really* hard." I had a few other thoughts, but the forum's injunction against profanity and crass language keeps me from repeating them here. Anyhoo, the costume is now finished. I decided to make fish pajamas (so he could get more wear from it later) and I'm also making shoe covers (booties with out the soles) to complete the effect. I was also thinking about adding some more fish , by attaching them with pipe cleaners so they stick out from various points, but hey. . .maybe I'm done.
I'll post final pictures soon.
Take care,

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2004 10:41:08 AM »

I would love to see it!

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2004 02:29:12 PM »


I was thinking, in a year or so you could 'recycle' that fishhead into an Old Man and the Sea type of costume (where your son dresses as a fisherman in waders, etc) and either carries that 'head around with him, or wears it as well (with a long grey beard LOL). Unless, of course, you choose to have a couple more kids to get 'full use' of the costume LOL

Again, you did a superb job on that. And I can't wait to see his fishy jammies as well!
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