This year when asked my 3 yr old son informed me he wanted the whole family to go as his favorite book Fox In Socks. Um, okay. He is fox, my 1 yr old daughter is Sue, I am Knox, my husband is Luke Luck (originally he wanted slow joe crow but I convinced him otherwise), & my (black lab/beagle) dog is the poodle eating noodles in the tweetle beetle battle.
My goal is to spend under $25 for the whole thing! (I have spent $15) As of last night I have
Fox: red hoodie with ears (came out super awesome! very proud of that since I sew it to last 2 years), red pants (with pants loops because I get annoyed when people say he's in pjs), the tail (it doesn't stand up...suggestions? My husband says to sew up to the hoodie) I need to to do the socks, mittens, and the nose. ugh NOSE...he has high expectations for this nose...suggestions? Oh yea and a little box to collect treats.
Knox: I took two sweatshirts (one 1 size bigger the other 2 sizes bigger) cut up the larger one and sewed the body to the first. I'm callin' it! the next big thing SWEATSHIRT DRESSES! it is super comfy. I also made ears and hands from towels (from freecycle) need to dye it all yellow, put the pink collar on, blue socks (because of one stupid page...also I think my son likes the idea of us matching), make yellow legs out towels (thank you freecycle)
Luke Luck: I made the hat out of felt came out pretty good if I do say so myself! and he will wear all brown and shave into a silly mustache. I just need to make a yellow ascot (how?...what exactly is an ascot?) and a little yellow duck (my son says...no duck no luke luck)
Sue: This is harder then I thought...bought a white sweatshirt one size bigger cut off cuffs and collar. Made ruffles on bottom from remaining sweatshirt material from knox sweatshirt (luckily? I'm a large lady ^_^) and the collar as well. It looks totally adorable nailed it and when her little diaper butt moves it moves the ruffles perfectly. super cute. Need to make pink socks, hair wig (ideas?) dye orange, and put buttons on...and if time permits a slow joe crow doll (Pattern? anyone? please? I'm thinking about it but I dunno) oh yea i also have a cardboard needle and spool with pink yarn.
poodle: this is super funny! sewed cotton balls onto the cuffs I cut off and put snaps on them sized to dogs ankles. I took the collar and put straps on the side, sewed fabric and cotton balls to it for the head piece. (really funny) When he wears it...he clearly looks embarrassed. I drew a bowl of noodles and a tweetle beetle bottle puddle battle muddle (^_^) glued both to cardboard. Noodles will be mounted onto head piece and hang down, tweetle beetles will be mounted onto chest piece. I need to make chest piece...and I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the tail pom pom to stay once his tail wags. suggestions?
OH YEA...I also need to memorize the book, I was recently informed...you know, in case anyone asks. he wants everyone to have lines they say (he is teaching my 1yr old to say "fox socks box knox" but it sounds like "onyx onyx onyx onyx")
(last year I made a pocoyo costume...it was a gazillion times easier (and looked super cute...sewed the legs and sleeves super long and tacked them up...still wears it this year)...my son's first halloween I put monster horns on him...funny...and my daughter I put on a zebra hoodie and called it good)
I think this is the halloween that kills me. Thankfully next year...he can start making his own...right? please tell me a 4 yr old can figure out their own costume with minimal help...from daddy maybe
oh and the best part...since he is a bossy three year old...I get to feel like a sweatshop worker for not working fast enough ("I need nose" "I don' tink das right...look at book" "where socks? Fox needs socks") and for the verisimilitude not being perfect. I almost cried when he said the tweetle beetle bottle puddle battle muddle was "perfect" "das nice, I like it, good job mama...now I need socks"...He inspects the stitching (fox is handsewn), fit, and compares it all to the book...which isn't so much read for fun anymore...more like a manual for life (oh and when we read the book...4x a day...he says, "das you, das me")...since I also have a (long) list of stuff to do he has taken to walking through the list to make sure...can't remember where dirty socks go but by golly he knows every item on that list and so help me if I forget orange dye at the store again!
I am enjoying it but don't know if I'll make the halloween deadline...If anyone wants I'll post a picture of the finished product...
to the person who says they get store bought...that sounds like a dream ^_^