Halloween! It's almost here, and if you regularly use a sewing machine that means it's time to think costumes. Stephanie of Swoodson Says has put together a great blog tour to help you out; Halloween Hacks; PDF Patterns Halloweenified. For my part of the tour, I'm going to show you how to take three simple patterns (a dress, pajama bottoms, and a raglan tee) to create a flexible, sit-down-able Robot Baby [in our house Robot Baby is always said in our best robot voices].
When faced with a request for a robot costume, many people turn to the trusty cardboard box. But The Peanut made this request when she was 3-years-old, and I just didn't see her hanging out in cardboard very long. So I headed to the fabric store to think. After walking all the aisles I found myself in the far back corner of the store where the foam lives. Huzzah! The green foam I used in making this costume measures 1/2" thick but very similar to this foam listed as 1". The best part of using foam for a costume is that, unlike cardboard, it bends -- your little robot will be able to sit for costume story hour at the library or the Halloween Parade in town.
|Robot Baby sits!|
To make the main body of the robot, I used a simple a-line dress pattern similar to this one from The Lily Bird Studio. I made a couple of modifications and construction changes to accommodate the foam. First, I used one size larger than what would currently fit; then, I scooped the back neckline down to fit over The Peanut's head and removed the opening/closure. After cutting the foam and the silver vinyl from the pattern I then trimmed 1/4" away from the foam at the neckline and armscye and 1/2" off the bottom (again, just on the foam). I sewed the shoulder and side seams right sides together through all 4 layers: foam-front/vinyl-front/vinyl-back/foam-back. To finish the neckline and armholes, I used single fold bias tape which I stitched first to the outside of the vinyl, then folded to the wrong side and over the foam to stitch it in place trough the foam and vinyl. At the bottom I simply hemmed the vinyl and left the foam untouched. After that, I embellished to my heart's content with stick-on gems and sewn-on trim.
To make sure my Robot Baby [you read that with your robot voice, right?] was comfortable, I used two loose-fitting patterns for her arms and legs. I made robot legs with costume satin and simple Pajama Pants like this pattern from Ella Full of Grace. For the arms I used the same costume satin, but attached them to a gray knit bodice on a raglan tee like the Field Trip Raglan T-Shirt from Oliver + S.
To finish out the costume I created a head piece from a sparkly, silver plastic headband and pipe cleaners. I also made two back patches for Mr. Wren and myself with my trusty ink-jet printer and some muslin. We pinned them to our backs and TaDa! family costumes.
|The ink streaked across the fabric when printing -- I like to pretend it adds a greasy, authentic look to the patch.|
|Pre-blog, pre-camera, phone pics from the 2012 Halloween Parade.|
Just think of the costumes you can make with foam! This simple a-line shape can easily become a Dalek (for the Dr. Who fans), but you can also make boxes for train and car costumes, or cylinders for fire hydrants (yes, I knew of a little fire hydrant trick-or-treating a few years back).
|While I was making this I was hunting for a way to get actual lights (battery-operated LEDs maybe?) onto the costume. Didn't happen, but wouldn't that have rocked?!|
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