Thursday, October 25, 2012

Kermit Costume

PB is in love with The Muppets.  His favorite is Kermit.  When I asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween there was no hesitation, he had to be Kermit.

It is basically just a shirt and pants and I made little shoe covers to complete the look.  

We went to a local park for the pics that has a stream and pond. 

Here PB is doing Kermit arms.  He also may have dipped his feet in the pond right after this pic :)

So here is a very brief look at how I made it:

The hat I made last year.  I did make a new cowl with some more points.  The tutorial for those are here.   (I will admit that I did try to make a hood for the costume but decided that the hat I already had was perfect.  Also it did not go well at all.)

I bought 2 yards of green fleece for the clothes and 1/3 yard of a lighter green for the cowl. 
I used 1/4" elastic for the bottom of the shirt.
I used 3/4" elastic for the elastic in the pants. 

For the pants, I just traced pants that he already had that fit.  He is slim so I did take a little off the waist and legs.  

I traced a shirt that was the next size up for the shirt.
If you notice the shirt has an elastic waist, here is how I did it:

When I traced the shirt on the fleece, I added a few inches. I also made it wider at the bottom. Then when I finished off the bottom, I made the bottom seam wide enough to feed in some really thin elastic.  You can also see how high I traced the neck of the shirt.

I did not sew around the top of the neckline.  I wanted it to go up high and so he could get his (giant) head through I cut a slit in the back and sewed on a button and a little elastic. I left the raw edge on the sleeves and the pant legs.  Fleece does not fray.  Plus, it's just a Halloween costume, no reason to do extra work :)

It all gets covered when he wears the cowl.  

Here is what the feet pieces look like:
It is 2 pieces of fleece sewn together and then turned inside out.  The top by the ankle is sewn over and there is a skinny piece of elastic through to go around his ankle.

To make the pattern, I traced his shoe and added some extra behind the heel.

I hand stitched some elastic about 1/2 way down.  I made it long enough to go around his shoe.

Here you can see the piece that goes around the ankle.

There you go! I know it isn't very detailed.  I was much more focused on getting it done than taking pics along the way. This was my first time ever doing sleeves. I used what I learned in the Sewing For Boys book to help me out with that one but I did make my own pattern.  I have made pants before but these so far are the best fitting ones! The Sewing For Boys book also has a pants pattern that you could use for this.  Or you could even just buy a green sweatshirt and sweatpants.  And make the rest. 

If you have further questions, feel free to email me!


Unknown said...

Adorable! I love the hands :)

KendasCrafts said...

so cute!!! PB looks great! I still love that hat. I like how you had shoe covers rather than the slip-on kind. And don't worry, the hat/hood that I ended up with for my kids was the third one I started. :-P

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