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environmental center needs costumes for Halloween
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Date: 9/19/13 7:42 PM

Not sure where to go with this one - I volunteer for an environmental sustainability center that's planning Halloween costumed ecological hikes for kids and we need appropriate costumes for adults doing the children's programs. Budget and time are limited, adult sizes vary quite a bit and while we don't have tons of time, it would be good to be able to reuse them another year so they shouldn't take lots of time to make but they should be fairly sturdy. We could need as many as thirty costumes.

Looking at patterns Simplicity has some children's patterns using hooded capes with assorted ears, wings, etc attached that could work well if enlarged. Same with the animal hats. Hoodies could work well as a base too. Then there are things like solar panels and home-grown vegetables that boggle my mind ...

This makes me wish for the days when the toddler daughter was delighted with mouse ears on a pink headband, her pink fleecey pjs, and some black whiskers drawn on her face.

Anybody got suggestions?
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Date: 9/19/13 9:09 PM

I'd keep it really simple, and go for accessories that could fit a range of sizes & get the adults to wear their own clothes underneath. If you're hiking it's really important that they aren't too obstructed and and can walk & supervise kids effectively. I'd keep the costumes centred on the upper body for that reason, and not put anything over their faces. Have a range of colour options, and hopefully people will find something that will co-ordinate with clothes they already have.

Tree - Lots of felt leaves - attached to a brown shirt using safety pins. The shirt could be a large'ish thrifted brown/olive/camo shirt, or you could ask the volunteer to provide their own. They'd wear their own trousers (Preferably black, brown or olive.)

Animals - I'd make a separate hood with ears out of a furry knit like cotton velour or similar. It could elastic or pin under the chin. And tails, if appropriate. Stuff the tails with offcuts of the velour and any other scraps you have before you use bought filler. Ask them to wear sweats of a similar colour.
For animals, I'd invest in some facepaint to enhance the impression. (I just made a mouse this way for my 6 year old)

Carrots - just make the a cap with the green tops, then buy or ask them to wear an orange tshirt. You could possibly attach the green tops to a baseball cap. A beetroot would be smiilar but purple.

ikatbag has a great fleece wings tutorial, I don't know if that's too time consuming. It's in kid sizes, but it wouldn't be hard to size up.

Sounds like a fun project. Good luck with it.

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Date: 9/22/13 12:25 PM

Try watching this for inspiration: How to Make an Easy Halloween Costume--With No Pattern.
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Date: 9/22/13 2:11 PM

I don't know if the folks at the center have a sense of humor, but this

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Tree - Lots of felt leaves - attached to a brown shirt using safety pins.
with the words "HUG ME" on the shirt would be cute.

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Date: 9/22/13 5:38 PM

Pirate theme is easy.

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Date: 9/23/13 8:18 AM

Thank you everyone! Lots of good ideas and a couple of smiles too.

I can't get the link to the no sew costumes video or class to work and haven't been able to find the video either. The link goes to a dead end here on PR.

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Date: 9/29/13 10:36 AM

Sorry. I'm not sure how that happened, as I usually double-check any time I post a link. It's fixed now though.

The link is to a YouTube video of Wendi Gratz talking about how she, when she had almost no sewing experience, had to costume an entire college play with no budget for patterns.

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Date: 10/5/13 0:45 AM

Keeping with the Environmental Sustainability concern - as well as being reusable for future years... I would suggest long capes.

Goodwill or other thrift stores typically have sheets that can be dyed black or red.

The capes are simple to sew - just a rectangle with a gathered neckline and ribbon tie. Adding a hood can be accomplished in a few steps.

The capes can then be used over other clothing - from prom dresses and tuxedos to all black to little red riding hood to superheros, so even though they are repeated each year, each wearer individualizes the costumes.



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Date: 10/5/13 3:31 PM

WHen I have to make a really "speedy" not expensieve costume base I take a long piece of fabric (about an average width of shoulders)in which I make a hole in the middle to let the head through. Than I make ribbons to join the sides. The advantage is that it is inexpensive and quick and can be worn for many sizes and it is versatile. I could so dress up an organ but also an astronaut
It can be worn on top of the own clothes
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Date: 10/5/13 7:56 PM

Taking Mel J's great ideas - how about a cape with velcro strips on it, then create things like leaves, or flowers or whatever with velcro on the back so you can make a plain cape into different costumes.

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