I guess I’m a little late to documenting the Halloween costume thing, but we are all about better late than never. Several Halloween costumes were made, and worn, and enjoyed. We watched Star Wars Episodes 4, 5, and 6 together as a family this summer and the kids all really enjoyed them (I don’t think Miss E enjoyed them, exactly, but since everyone else did she was really into them). Many requests came for Stormtrooper and Darth Vader costumes and light sabres, for everyday play. It was Miss N who requested Princess Leia as a Halloween costume, and the rest developed from there.
I had planned to get some good daytime pictures after the fact but didn’t ever get around to it. The costumes are much loved and much worn, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get some good photos at some point!
Mr. H was Luke Skywalker. I worried about the cold temperatures and layering, so I made him a Jedi travel cape, so he was several times mistaken for Obi Wan Kenobi but I don’t think that bothered anyone.
The cape and tunic are both based off the Melly Sews robe pattern. I modified the front to crossover more, widened the sleeves, and cropped the length to make the tunic. For the cape I kept the length but widened the fronts, back, and sleeves, them omitted the band piece and added a hood. The cape doesn’t have any closures and kept sliding off his shoulders so I need to fix that up a bit. The boot things are based on this tutorial from Melly Sews. My fabric wasn’t very stretchy but it still worked fairly well, but it was wet out and they were soaked. The pants are Figgy’s sunki leggings with length added and no elastic in the legs. The light sabre was a surprise gift and impressed everyone a great deal, possibly nobody more than my husband. Light sabres that actually light up and make light sabre noises really are awesome.
I was planning to make Mr. S a Han Solo costume but one of his teachers mentioned a Jango Fett costume that he son had and would lend and Mr. S was totally converted. We decided that this is Boba Fett as he fits in with the other characters better. This costume was surprisingly quality, I really liked it. It also made Mr. S strut and pose like nobody’s business. As I predicted, he did NOT enjoy the helmet once he needed to wear it for more than a few minutes so it was only worn for a few minutes at each house.
Cool as a bounty hunter.
Miss N was really attached to the Princess Leia idea. I stuck with the New Hope costume since it is so recognizable and Miss N specifically requested the buns. I used this tutorial to guide me through the dress making process, and this for the collar. For the hat I used the Cozy Winter Hood pattern from Oliver & S Little Things to Sew, with buns made from hand-rolled tubes of the hood fabric. She has been wearing the hat regularly to school, and it is equally adorable when paired with a bright orchid coat and legwarmers.
A close-up of the buns and that face! Plus a sneak peek of Miss E.
All the kids wanted me to make a Yoda costume for Miss E. She started telling everyone she was going to be Princess Yoda, so what was a mum to do? The costume had to be made.
Again, I used the Melly Sews robe pattern as the basis for the robe, adding a hood, width to the sleeve, and ties to keep it on. She hat is another Oliver & S Cozy Winter Hood with self-drafted Yoda ears. I added some quilting to mimic the head wrinkles. The mitts are modified Oliver & S Winter Mittens from Little Things to Sew. I didn’t bother to sew anything for under the robe, just dressed her in all the brown and grey clothes we had that fit her.
The light sabre is actually a Yoda light sabre, and our little Princess Yoda was particularly enthralled with it.
If I had documented this earlier there might have been more to say, but instead I’ll give your our pumpkins! Happy belated Halloween!