Thursday, October 14, 2010
A Whale of a Costume
My son who is 3 decided after much time and thought that the perfect costume for Halloween this year would be a Killer Whale. Now I am not one to buy costumes in the first place but I looked up Killer whale costumes and found whale costumes for dogs and mascot costumes. After I finished my costume I did see some on e-bay for over $50 used. Ha! No thanks.
I had an idea how I was going to do it, and figured someone else had to have done this before. I did find one other photo on the Internet of a mom who had made a Killer Whale costume before here. I am glad I had her costume to look at for inspiration, it made making the tail fin shape easier without having to look up whale photos. While I did some things a bit differently, for the most part we had the same idea. One thing I didn't have in my original idea was the teeth. It adds so much. She is a genius!
Now, on to my son's costume.
What I used:
A Large Black Hooded Sweatshirt.
Black and White Polar Fleece.
Quilt Batting (you could use stuffing, I just had a bunch of batting I wasn't using that I got for free.
A Plastic folder
I started with adding the teeth to the sweatshirt. Since I was so excited about the teeth idea, I forgot to take just a plain photo of the sweatshirt but you get the idea.
The rest was just making the parts and sewing them on. Things did get a bit tricky moving fins under the machine. Just as a hint always try to keep your tail on the left insde of your machine. It doesn't fit under the other side very well. lol
I was so excited about how it turned out. I just started sewing, and kept going, cutting pieces and putting them together. To make the tail fin and dorsal fin stand up more straight I used a plastic folder wrapped in quilt batting so that it doesn't smoosh after time. Since it is plastic and not cardboard, it should be machine washable, which I think is a must with a 3 year old boy and a costume with white involved.
One main request of my son was a robust tail. He was very firm about having a HUGE tail so he could SPLASH!! So I was sure to fill his request. I think it may be a tad bit long considering his height, but he said "no" to the idea of making it shorter, he likes it this big.
As you can see my client was more than happy.
I think these photos are too funny. Like we have a giant whale in the house.
That face says it all!
You know it is a good costume when they don't want to take it off.
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