Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Costume #1

Can you guess what Ava wanted to be for Halloween?

A pteranodon!

I used last years dinosaur costume for the legs and body then I took some brown jersey from my stash to create the wings and hat. I had no pattern so I let Ava lay on the fabric and I traced around her. I extended the arms by using tent posts from the girls princess tent. I simply folded the top of the fabric and sewed across leaving room in the middle so she could slip her arms in. The bottom edge is left raw. We were both surprised how well it turned out.

The hat was a little trickier. I cut and bent two clothes hangers for the frame then wrapped it in the brown fabric. It needed a little more structure so I added an inch of stuffing from the back to the front. The eyes are left over from masks I made for a birthday party years ago. Once everything was in place I used the hot glue gun to keep it all together.

I won't deny that I am a crafty person but for some reason I don't like to make Halloween costumes. If I'm going to spend an afternoon on a project then I want it to be something that can be worn more than once. However, seeing Ava's eyes light up when she tried this costume on has changed my mind. It is SO worth it.
I also must add that at first I was not so thrilled about her wanting to be a dinosaur again, I even tried to talk her out of it. The great thing is she know who she is and doesn't feel the need to follow the crowd. I love that about her.


Catherine said...

Such a wonderful, unique costume! I love it!

Marion said...

This looks great. My son and me were looking on the internet for dinosaur costumes in order to create one for next carnival. Your pteranodon is our favorite. I hope it will look as good as yours. Thank you for this wonderful idea.

Kenny and Teresa Wolfe said...

Yay!!! I am so glad I found this post! Phew! Now I don't have to re-invent the Pteranodon costume! My daughter also loves dinosaurs, so this is her pick for Halloween. She doesn't want a cartoonish costume - she wants it to look realistic! So, again, thanks! I will definitely be using your method! Looks great!


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