Once in a while, my fashion design degree actually comes in handy. I find that on Halloween especially, I actually end up using some of the skills I paid tens of thousands of dollars for.
I have talked before about how my kids have very specific requests about the kinds of things they imagine, which i think is great…Here is Samantha’s costume last year…she wanted to be a combination of a pumpkin, Cinderella, and a super hero! So we came up with Super-Cinder-pumpkin-Ella….
This year, she wants to be a magic monster… Yeah I know. But… The monster is also a girl, has to have long purple hair, and a horn and one eye…. Little did I ever think in university that I would be drafting a pattern for my daughter to be a girl, magic monster!
Anyways, we went to fabricland and value village and picked up a few odds and ends. A black furry hat with horns, a few different sparkly fabrics, some tulle for a tutu and some purple Halloween socks.
The first step in making a costume was to make the body. So I thought it would be easiest to start with a shirt we already have. I laid the shirt flat on a big piece of brown paper, and traced down the sides. I do want the shirt a little bigger as she might be wearing a shirt or sweater under it. Then, I added enough for the seams, with a dotted line.
Then, I added the neckline. Note that I am only drafting half of the shirt. There’s no point in doing the two sides, because it is almost impossible to make them the same. If you do want the pattern to be the whole shirt front, fold the paper and cut out both sides together when it is folded.
I also use the same piece for the front and back, I will just cut out a little more neck for the front. For the purpose of this costume, I am going to use the same pattern piece for the front and back. If this was a really fitted piece, you might want to draft the front and back separately.
Now for the arms…flatten the arm out and trace the sides. I am not going to add a seam on the top of the arm, because it will be cut on the fold. And, I added extra to the cuff of the sleeve so I would be able to roll it under to finish it.
But the trick here is to get it to match the bodice piece we have already made. Because I have added on to each of the pieces, I am going to have to make sure they fit together. The only way to do that is to almost pretend you are sewing the two pieces together. I do it like this…I fold down the seam allowance on the bodice like this…
But, because it is a costume, I think it’s better if I have a little more room, so I am going to gather it a little. So I drew a dotted line where it will be stitched, and then drew a solid line where I will cut.
Like the fabric? Before I sewed it together, I wanted to add a few details to make it look more monster like. I used glitter glue, a glue gun and some gems, and another glittery fabric to add details…
Here is what the shirt looks like finished…sorry, I will post a better picture when the costume is done…