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miss_katonic
« on: September 07, 2005 06:56:20 PM »

Not quite sure if this is the right forum, but this project will involve lots of sewing so I'm posting here.
OK, My son wants to be Frankenstein for Halloween.  He really likes this costume:

http://www.costumecraze.com/TRAD30.html?PHPSESSID=204f759706b365103c68c453a4b2c8e0

I won't have a problem with the jacket and pants, I can just modify some clothes from the thrift shop.  My problem is with the head/hat.  I like the idea of making something like in the picture, as it will keep his head warm plus remove the need for face paint & prosthetics (he's only 3 after all)   Any tips on what I should use to make something like this? I'm thinking foam and felt or fleece.. If anyone has any tips I'd really love to hear them!!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2005 08:37:02 PM »

that's so cute! what a great idea!

it looks like the "hat' is made from sweatshirt fleece and probably a light layer of foam inside, but for things like this i love to use felt and a zigzag/applique stitch to outline the details and it works awesome...super easy to work with, it holds its shape and you can easily use two layers to add a little warmth. 

id start with a peice of felt a little longer than the thickest part of his head and about 6 inches taller... mark the center and sew it into a tube so you can slip it over his head... the felt stands on its own really nice so you can mark where you need to cut the face opening or if you want to trim the neck line a little where it goes over the shoulders (you only need to mark half..since the center marks will show you wear to line up his nose) then take it off, fold at center mark and cut out the face opening.... taking out the back seam will make it easier to add deails such as the hair and scars and you can use it as a pattern to make a "lining" if needed.  then just sew up the back again and sew on a circle for the top of the hat.

this got a little wordy and confusing but if you have any questions let me know!
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2005 09:37:02 PM »

I second the idea of sweatshirt or normal fleece.. and then either stuff it with lots and lots and lots of normal stuffing.. or add some cardboard.. and then you could probably add ties and ear flaps so it ties under his chin.. =)
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2005 09:13:03 AM »

I would say fleece, some very thick/sturdy interfacing, and stuffing. 
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2005 09:44:20 PM »

I would use fleece and thin foam... Otherwise they do make a green foam which is a bit more expensive than the tan, but you may not have to do the fleece layer, which would save money in the long run. Just an idea! Good luck (post pics when you're done I'd LOVE to see it!)

I made my son a Larryboy costume a few years back, I wish I had used foam instead. It turned out ok, but it would have been easier in foam. Here's a link to the costume if you want to check it out.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40170.0
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2005 09:55:35 PM »

It just looks like a modified zip up hoodie. The only place I found bright green fleece was Ben Franklin's Crafts. You probably need a layer of foam, of what sort, I don't know.
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« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2005 05:30:27 AM »

It looks like a normal hood with the top piece sewn on to it. I would probably use fleece or felt, and line with foam or maybe timex then foam or batting inside of a liner (timtex would hold the shape, but it is stiffer than you may want). I suppose you could even stuff it with lightweight batting if you wanted.
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miss_katonic
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2005 05:05:01 PM »

Alot of good tips, thanks!!
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miss_katonic
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2005 05:08:48 PM »

I would use fleece and thin foam... Otherwise they do make a green foam which is a bit more expensive than the tan, but you may not have to do the fleece layer, which would save money in the long run. Just an idea! Good luck (post pics when you're done I'd LOVE to see it!)

I made my son a Larryboy costume a few years back, I wish I had used foam instead. It turned out ok, but it would have been easier in foam. Here's a link to the costume if you want to check it out.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=40170.0

That is sooo very cute!!
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