So this week and next week, I'm going to be sharing my homemade costumes that I've made for my little guy.
The first is his from last year. He was a robot.
What a cutie...if I do say so myself. :)
Now I know that the traditional diy robot costume is one involving cardboard boxes and dryer duct work, but I didn't think that would go too well with my barely walking 1 year old. And so I devised a different plan.
Now before I begin showing you how I put this together, I've got to let you know that I am not a master seamstress or even an amateur seamstress. I'm just a mom who thinks she can do these things and then often finds out that she really can't. So, all that to say, this is not a well constructed costume. But it worked. He wore it to two Halloween parties and even won best kid's costume at one of them. I was proud... of
Also, this was my first time working with a knit fabric. I honestly didn't even think about the fact that I was working with a knit and therefore would have to employ different techniques. So I had a lot of trial and error. So let me share what I've learned about working with a knit. Knit stretches, which is good, but pay attention to which direction it stretches. You want the stretch to go side to side, not up and down. Also, knit doesn't fray, so you don't really have to hem, but it doesn't hurt.
And I should add, I made this last year, so I don't really have the process pictures. But I'll try to explain what I did. Next week, you'll get a much better tutorial, I promise!
So, I started by first using a pair of my son's pajamas as a guide. I wanted to make a shiny undersuit that fit him snugly, like his pajamas do. So I turned them inside out and traced them onto my fabric with about a 1/2 inch seam allowance. For the pants, I simply made a front and back of the pants, totally ignoring the middle seam.
|Cut two of the same shape, and sew along pink lines|
|the pulling I was talking about|
|Sew along pink lines and then sew along blue|
|sew along pink lines (connecting a green part to the pink line), don't sew all the way up, allow for an armhole|
|my extra panel of awesomeness|
For decoration, I made a box shape out of bias tape and filled it in with buttons in the shape of what I imagined a robot control panel to look like.
|He liked the buttons!|
Happy costume making!