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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Homemade Buzz Lightyear on: November 10, 2016 06:00:22 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind words!
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Homemade Buzz Lightyear on: November 06, 2016 01:38:47 PM
The foam was surprisingly easy to work with! I trimmed it back to keep the seams from being too bulky, and then once the pieces were right side out I hit it with the iron to fuse both sides to the fleece. Perfectly flexible and lightweight, while being warm and keep in its shape.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Homemade Buzz Lightyear on: November 05, 2016 09:14:57 PM
To Halloween and beyond!
This year my three year old wanted to be Buzz Lightyear. I made his entire costume from scratch, without a pattern.

The "armor" is Pellon Flex Foam and fleece. The wings were created out of a few layers of foam fitness mats also covered in fleece. The boots are just rain boots that I spray painted, and the gloves are dollar store white gloves with purple spray paint on the tips. All of the decals are printed onto transfer paper and ironed on. The tummy rolls are insulating foam used on pipes. We took apart a neglected talking buzz lightyear plush for its laser and voicebox, which gave us laser sounds and a few catchphrases at the push of the "laser" button. VERY popular with our little guy. Last but not least, the helmet is a large acrylic light fixture cover that I cut and sanded with a Dremel.

Here's a link to a quick video of the laser/sound effects in action.

And here are some of the in-progress shots as I worked on it.

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Please let me know what you think! Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien vs. Predator on: November 03, 2015 10:59:43 AM
WOW. Just wow. These are incredible! How did you make them?
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sheriff Woody Solo - Toy Story / Star Wars Mashup Toddler Costume on: November 03, 2015 10:53:49 AM
Now that my son is getting older, he was able to have input into his costume choice for the first time.  He couldnt decide between Woody from Toy Story and Star Wars, so I tried to give him both. Introducing Sheriff Woody Solo! I tried to blend elements from both characters together into the ultimate space cowboy.

Here are all the details:

Red & white checked shirt. Out of necessity, I made the crosshatch design with a fabric marker. The pattern is a modified version of this shirt: Barmy Beetroot Western Shirt.

Millennium Falcon buttons. Designed in Illustrator, laser cut by Ponoko.

The Star Wars bandanna. Designed in Illustrator, printed with Spoonflower.

Jeans with Corellian Blood Stripe. Modified version of Dana Made It's Kid Pants.

Leia belt buckle, spurs, and sheriff badge. Designed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Cow print smuggler vest. Modified a free pattern by Made by Marzipan.

Woody's pull string. Cord from the fabric store and a painted embroidery hoop.

Boots & Spurs. Black rain boots with embellishments.

Chewbacca/Slink treat bag. Designed in Silhouette Studio, printed onto canvas and assembled into a small bag.

The cowboy hat is from Amazon, and the amazing tauntaun hobby horse is something we've had for years. We got it to decorate his Star Wars nursery when he has born. I'm so glad we got to use it in this costume!

There are additional pictures and more construction details on my blog, Sticks on a Plane. Thank you for looking! May the force be with you...
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy on: October 15, 2015 10:17:09 AM
Congrats! Your project was picked to be featured on our Halloween Costume Board.

Thank you, kittykill!  Grin
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mega Blastoise X - Halloween 2014 costume entry on: November 04, 2014 07:16:16 AM
This is really an excellent likeness. Well done! He looks very pleased Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy on: November 01, 2014 04:06:10 PM
This year for Halloween, I decided to have our not-quite two year old dress up as Gimli from Lord of the Rings. I'm thrilled with how it came together, and even more so that he actually wore it! Everything except his basic fleece pants and boots is homemade.

There are five parts: the beard, helm, tunic, bandolier/belt, and treat bag.

For the beard, I scaled down this most excellent Instructable. It is made with two colors of acrylic yarn and plastic canvas for a base. I modified it to snap on to the hat with oversized snaps. It wasn't his favorite part to wear, so I wanted to make it easily removable.


For the hat, I made changes to this free fleece knight helmet pattern. I added chain mail-ish stitching on the back, as well as a medallion and cheek straps cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I freehanded the designs based loosely off of movie screenshots. Finally, there's a little elastic chinstrap to keep him from tearing it off.

The tunic was based on Butterick 3244 -- a simple fireman's jacket. The sleeve pattern was chopped into a few pieces to get the look I was going for, and a faux chain mail underlayer was added.

The bandolier/belt was made from a few chopped up belts I found at the thrift store. I glued them together with industrial adhesive, then drilled holes and laced with decorative leather cord for extra reinforcement.

The treat bag is probably my favorite part. I traced a movie still of Gimli's axe and cut it out of fusible web backed felt on my Silhouette. I created an offset around the original design and cut it out of another color of felt, then mounted the first on the second. It was reinforced with cardboard from a cereal box. I used a strip of felt to gusset the front and back together, and another thrift store belt for the handle.



I had so much fun making this costume for him. I already can't wait for next year!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! on: February 24, 2014 12:03:38 PM
Thanks, JoyfulClover! I have thought about it, but they have in fact already featured an awesome Star Wars nursery (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/rockys-star-wars-nurserynurser-159366). I'd hate to be a Jabba-come-lately.  Wink
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Desperately Seeking Flannel PJ Pattern for One Year Old! on: September 24, 2013 12:35:21 PM
Thanks, meleriffic. That's closer, but still not quite right... I actually think I finally found something in Kwik Sew Toddler Pajamas. They have a T1 size, which I might just have to take in a bit for our little guy. Thanks!
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