Yesterday my 4 yr old son asked if I would make him a knight costume (not for Halloween, just because). I said "sure" and started digging through the scrap bag. He said knights have to be silver, so I dug out a gray polo shirt my hubby had donated. Then he said we also need red for the shirt...I didn't have a solid red, BUT I had maroon! He liked the maroon!!! Dodged a bullet on that one! We looked up some pictures of knight costumes to get some ideas to work off of. I had an idea in my head already for the helmet, but didn't know quite how we wanted the tunic to look until after he showed me one he liked. I finished the costume today, and am insanely pleased with how it came out. No patterns, no cost, just scraps and creativity! And now he wants to wear it for Halloween! (He already wore it partially completed to a casual dinner we went to last night and the other kids thought he was "cool" which in turn made me a "cool mom"! Booyah!) I used gold thread for everything and trimmed out some things in gold ribbon. You can't see the front of his toy shield, but it is silver with a gold dragon (not the same dragon design that is on his tunic), I wanted everything to look like a complete set. (Sword and Shield were bought in the costume department on Tuesday and were the reason we needed to make a knight costume)
Helmet visor is attached with snaps and can be worn down (for battle he says)
Or up when he's not in battle
Tunic (with "silver" sleeves to represent chain mail)
For the stencil of the dragon on his tunic I printed a dragon on plain copy paper. Completely covered the back with duck tape so nothing could bleed through. Cut out the design. Sprayed the back of my homemade stencil with temp spray adhesive. Stuck it on the tunic and spray painted the dragon with gold spray paint. I figured anytime I get spray paint on my clothes it doesn't come out so why not use it?
When I peeled off the stencil some of the adhesive stuck to the tunic!
No panicking though! I just grabbed a piece of duck tape and blotted the spot with the sticky side and the adhesive came right off!!!
There is a cape in back attached to the armor.
Armor hooks in front with a gold clasp (which I had to stitch together 'cause he was getting mad at it not working right! Oh well, it still looks nice)