Here is our most complicated costume yet! It’s not too difficult to construct (the tail can be a little tricky), but there are quite a few components…
We’ll start with a hooded sweatshirt and add to those:
- Tummy Detail
- Mittens with claws
- Spats with claws
Read on for tips and instructions!
These are the same eye instructions I used in the Goldfish costume post…
I want to clarify that the pattern for these eyes was made by me with my very own skull meat and was definitely a trial and error. If you know of a different way that you love to use, please mention it in the comments!
What we’re going for here is a 3 dimensional eye shape with a base that can be hand sewn on to the top of a costume hood or hat.
On we go… First step is to make a pattern. I do this by drawing half an eye shape on the edge of a folded piece of paper. Cut out the shape with a seam allowance.
For each eye, cut out two of these shapes from fabric. If you want your eye to be all white, use two pieces of white fabric. If you want the back of the eye to match the hood of your costume, cut one from white, one from the color of the hood.
You could add your eye detail (pupil/iris) to the white piece now, or you can hand sew the details on later. I choose to sew them on later.
Sew the eyes together, right sides together, but leave a little space above the bottom edges.
Now to make the base return to your pattern piece. Fold the pattern from point-to-point. Line the crease up on the folded edge of a piece of paper and cut out the shape of the small arch. This is the pattern piece for the base of your eye.
Take your sewn eye piece and align one edge of the eye unit with one edge of the base unit. Make sure only one layer of the eye unit is aligned to the base and sew the entire arch, point to point.
Flip the eye unit to the other side, aligning the other edge of the unit to the base. Sew the points and a little bit of the arch, leaving a gap in the arch unsewn so the unit can be flipped inside-out.
Turn the unit inside-out and fill with Poly-Fil. Hand-stitch the gap closed and attach to the hood using your best blind-stitch.
Add the eye detail (I hand-sewed some felt circles on) and you’re done!
The tail is the trickiest part of this costume. I wanted the tail to be removable because otherwise my kiddo couldn’t wear the costume in the car. Also, it can be a bit cumbersome to walk around with the tail, so I wanted to be able to offer him a break from being a big-long-tail-wearer. So there is a great deal of “fake-it-until-you-make-it” when it comes to your methodology for attaching the tail to the hoodie and also for constructing the base of the tail… I’ll explain as best as I can as we go.
We’re going to contsruct a three-dimensional tail with two sides, a bottom, and a base to attach the tail to the sweatshirt.
From felt or a light-weight fleece, cut two tail shapes.
Then measure the bottom arch of the tail shape…
and use that measurement to cut this shape….
Okay here’s a big “fake it till you make it” part… to make the pattern for your base, puff up your tail unit and lay it open end-down onto your fabric. Trace a sshape that’s sort of like a triangle with curved sides, but a straight bottom. Cut it out! Sorry dudes – this isn’t “how to be perfect,” it’s “how to be Jenna.”
Turn your unit right-side-out, stuff with Poly-fil, and hand-stitch the gap closed. Now it’s time to figure out how you want to attach the tail to the sweatshirt. I chose a combination of Velcro, snaps, and buttons. I hand sewed the snaps and buttons into their respective places, and just placed some sticky Velcro onto the base of the tail, knowing it would stick to the felt in the costume.
Yay! You did the tail! That was the hardest part!
I went with an oval shape with some curved-ended bars. This is highly accurate according to the various Dinosaur Train figures I have laying around the house.
Really I guess they’re diamonds rather than stripes… Cut them out of felt and hand-sew them to your desired location.
Head on over to Made by Rae to get the awesome formula for your spats. Cut out two layers of fabric for each boot.
For each piece fold over the raw edges to the bad side of the fabric and top stitch.
Okay only one more step to go! Making the claws! If your kid is a stickler for accuracy and wants to be a true T-Rex, he or she will need two claws for each mitten and three for each spat.
I make the claws almost exactly the same as I make the eye units. If any of this seems unclear, perhaps referring to the eye section or yelling at me in the comments section will help.
OMG LOLZ You did it! Pat yourself on the back and pray to the costume gods that your kid will still want to be this by the time Halloween rolls around.