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« on: March 26, 2008 09:06:17 AM »

Let's start by admitting that I know this was an over-ambitious project. I'm not so sure that it really looks like a parrot in any identifiable way, the intentions and drawing were easier Smiley and it seems to have all gotten away from me...but it was fun and he loves it which was the goal of this exercise. Suggestions on how I could have improved this are always welcome.

The red fabric is recycled! WOOHOO! I found red fleece ponchos at a sample store near my work, this outfit used 3 of them, one of the things I didn't take into account was that the fabric was so stretchy and a little heavy.
The blue and yellow are polyester, and the orange is a fake terry cloth feeling thing, and green is from a stiff cotton pillow case...pretty much everything was $1.
As you can see I've been lazy, and only attempted to really "feather" the back and hood, as a result the cape is much heavier than the rest of it. When I tried it on him (when done already) what USED to line up as shoulders stretched and fell on the back of his arm. OY. Tried to pull it forward but adding some front weight and another line of stitching on the shoulder to help prevent the feathers from flipping over didn't really seem to help.

Some in process building pics:

We made our sample on GI Joe in felt, that was great, boy (5) even sewed the hood on by himself.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008 09:12:16 AM »

This is seriously Amazing!
And it definately does look like a parrot  Grin
I especially love the colors on the back
And well done for recycling the fabric  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2008 09:19:40 AM »

rawk! flibblewantsone flibblewantsone! flibble want a cracker! rawk!!!!
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2008 09:23:29 AM »

Cutest parrot ever!

« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2008 09:42:19 AM »

This is awesome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2008 10:34:35 AM »

it definitely looks like a parrot from the back!

i think what must have happened in translation between the model and the real thing, is that the felt is much less floppy than the fleece.  but hey, it works, and that's the main thing.  i bet wing-flapping is a lot more comfortable in the floppier fabric, too.

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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2008 02:28:54 PM »

That looks great and totally like a parrot.  I suppose if you're concerned about the stretching, you could sew some non-stretch fabric on the inside to hold it in place.  I think it looks awesome, though.  Are you getting a huge jumpstart on Halloween or was this just for fun?  I'm asking because I usually finish my Halloween costumes up 3 minutes before the kids are supposed to go trick-or-treating.  :-)   
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008 06:50:45 AM »

You guys are great, thank you for the kind words.
This was his Purim costume, and yeah, it was finished at the last minute. The burlap bad he's holding was one of MANY, filled with bird seed (sunflower seeds) and treats.
Yeah, when he's running, looks more like a bird. I really don't know how I could have done the hood differently though, it's the part I like the least. I just don't like how he has a mane when you look at him from the front.
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 07:25:16 AM »

What a great costume!  And cute parrot!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2008 01:22:53 PM »

WOW i bet your son was a big hit at your Purim party! its really cute and fun and what i like best is that the by wearing the costume, you would automatically start acting like a parrot i bet your son had SO much fun!
i will have to remember this idea for the next years Purim - i usually am in the group of women  who organise the Purim party where i live and try to make my children's costume with a the party theme in mind.... now next year i might have to make us has a "treasure island" party just so i can make a parrot too!
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