While I’ve been a posting slacker lately (which is likely to continue for a while if I am being honest), I have actually been working on one of my list projects for October – a Maleficent costume for a friend at work’s daughter. They came over and picked it up on Monday, huzzah!
After measuring Julia, I drafted a pattern based on an image of the costume she wanted from the Maleficent movie.
I was most concerned with the collar pieces stabilizing enough to stand up, and with how I was going to connect the underarm fabric to the sleeves. Everything else was fairly straightforward. Here is my cutting layout for the costume.
- Connect the two front pieces at the center front, stopping just below where the zipper should go.
- Connect the front of the costume to the back of the costume at the shoulders.
- Attach the sleeves using the flat sleeve method.
- Stitch the underarm seam of the sleeve closed.
- Stitch the underarm seam on the costume “wing” closed, continuing to stitch the side seam of the robe closed as well.
- Use pattern to mark the body seam, and stitch (right side out!).
- Attach zipper.
- Hand stitch (yes, you read that correctly folks; I willingly hand stitched something!) the wing top seam to the underarm seam of the sleeves.
- Attach the collar pieces.
- Hem sleeves and bottom of robe.
- Add “Stiffy” fabric goo (I know you are snickering) to the collar pieces and let it dry.
- Make a staff using PVC pipe, hot glue, paint, a clear plastic ornament, green cellophane, and green LEDs.
- Using great foam, make some blobs of foam to carve with a Dremel into horn shapes.
- Wrap the horns with black ace bandage. Glue them to a headband.
And all done! The sleeves were a tad tight at the wrists, but manageable. Julia is a pretty shy little girl, but her dad assures me she was excited 🙂 I hope she has a great time trick or treating!