Halloween Costume Part I

The past couple weeks, I’ve been working with my almost 4 year old on his Halloween costume.  He loves role playing and fighting bad guys, so this is a big deal for him.  I tried to steer him away from Ironman and Spiderman, to something slightly less commercial that’s rooted in Norse mythology.  We settled on Thor, the god of thunder.  I do realize this is a Marvel comics image, this was the image that resonated with Robby the most.

I found a pattern that I could use as a template for Thor’s helmet and boots.  

I ordered all my fabrics from www.fabric.com.  For the helmet, I used silver tissue lamé.  It’s constructed with lamé for the outer layer, quilt batting on the inside, and black linen I recycled from a sling I had used all throughout Robby’s baby years.  *sniff*

For the wings, I’m going to draw my own wing template, use lamé for the outer layers, and some heavy interfacing.

On a side note, how awesome are these styles for Spring 2010?  If I have any leftover lamé, I might have to sew myself some shiny shorts.

image from Refinery 29

Ok, back to the costume.  The boots are made in the same way, with velcro to hold them closed, and an elastic strap to keep them on the foot.

My sewing machine is a vintage New Home from 1967, I inherited last year.  I love this machine, it makes the most awesome clickety clackety sound, like Edward Scissorhands.

Here’s the cape fabric, it’s a crushed panne velvet.  

It’s SO soft, I want to make a long gypsy skirt out of this!  That’s what I’ve got so far, I’ve got 8 more days to Halloween, so I’m busting it out every night so I can finish in time. It’s been quite an investment and time and money, I chose to make this costume because Robby is REALLY into dress up.  I wanted something beautiful, that he could wear over and over again, and could pass on to his little brother.  I liked the idea of Thor, because I end up playing pretend with Robby, and I’d rather be Loki than the Incredible Hulk, Venom, or Wolverine.

When I finish the costume, I’ll be sure and share it with everyone!


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mom of two, love creating and finding the intersection between fashion and craft
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2 Responses to Halloween Costume Part I

  1. Katy says:

    I’m so glad you gave more details on this and can’t wait to see the finished product! You are so inspiring…maybe if I start now I can figure something out for Davy and Luke for *next* Halloween!

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