Monday, October 3, 2011

My Halloween Dragon Boy

This year Ran decided that he wants to be a dragon for Halloween, again.  He was a dragon last year, when I managed to make the legs a tad short on him.  Well, when you factor in his growth over the last year it made it impossible for him to wear the same costume again, those pant legs are now about 6 inches short! 

Because his first Halloween party is on the 8th, I really had to get moving with this costume!

This year I decided I decided I didn't want to buy a new pattern, but last years just wouldn't work since it was to small.  I went through my patterns to see what I could find.  I decided on the hoodie and pants from McCalls 5508, with a few modifications.
I started out sketching out what I envisioned for the costume.  I added spikes to the arms, the back and the hood.  Ran also really really wanted wings.  I designed the tail as a separate belt.

I picked up some shiny purple at the Fabric Warehouse in Warren.  I found some iridescent green and blue fleece at Joanne Fabrics and set to work.

All I had to draft were the spike and wing pieces, but it me a lot longer then I expected.  I had to measure Ran, measure the pattern pieces and the go back and measure Ran again to make sure that it would be the right size.  I made the wings the same way I made the wings in his 2008 Batman costume except shorter.

It took me hours of sketching and drafting.  It took me hours of sewing. The purple I chose for the wings was a NIGHTMARE.  It is the hardest thing I have ever sewed on!
But the end result was worth it.

I am really happy with his costume.  It is nice and snugly warm fleece, so he shouldn't get to cold on Halloween night.    The tail is on a separate belt so that he can take is off for car rides.  Having it a two piece means it will be easier to make those bathroom breaks then in a jumpsuit. 

Ran had a blast last night hamming it up for mom during out mini-photo shoot!  Now I just have to keep him out of the costume until Halloween.

The only bummer is the purple and green fabrics are dry clean only!