Halloween is right around the corner. However, we have been preparing for Halloween since August. Little Man has been planning his costume since November 1st 2013 (he's already talking about what he wants to be next year), but finally settled on an idea in August. He wanted to be an Angry Bird with a cape.
That idea evolved into Super Hero Angry Birds. I managed to convince him that he didn't need a cape (he only has four capes at home). Not all super heroes wear capes. Mini Man went along with the idea. He didn't seem to care much other than he had to be the black bird. Last week Mini Man did tell me he wanted to be a snake for Halloween and he told my parents he was going to be an octopus. Fortunately, he didn't seem to remember that when it was time to put the costumes on for our family party. Both children were happy with their costumes.
Little Man was fairly involved in the costume design this year. He drew an elaborate picture of what he wanted his owl to look like (he wants his owl to have a costume too). We decided on Angry Bird hats to help distinguish the different birds, vests (like Robin), and leggings with the built-in underwear. The boots and gauntlets were my addition and they very much complete the assembles, in my opinion.
The hats were the first things I made. I made up my own pattern for each hat. Both kids and Husband have giant heads so typical hat measurements never fit. I used the Angry Bird plush patterns by Obsessively Stitching as a guide for the the shapes of the eyes, beaks, etc. I had to increase the size of everything, but it gave me an idea of what I needed. I used the Obsessively Stitching pattern for Angry Birds toys in March.
The vests were next. I wanted to make something that adds to the costume, but is practical enough to be worn without the costume.. I opted for puffer vests. I used the Great Outdoors Reversible Vest pattern by Peekaboo Patterns. I used sweatshirt fleece (with no stretch) for the outer fabric and cotton broadcloth for the lining.
The lining is Angry Birds fabric, of course. The lining for Little Man's vest is the same that I used for his Birthday Pants with the hope that he'll wear the two together. There are also pockets in the vests which feature the same fabric as the lining.
I lined the fleece for the vests with batting and then quilted simple lines. The batting and fleece should make the vests very warm. The vest pattern was easy to follow and offers lots of options for customization such as a removable hood or snaps instead of a zipper. I appliqued an Angry Bird to the back of each vest as well as the front.
After the vests came the t-shirts and leggings. I drafted my own pattern for the leggings and used my Super Hero t-shirt pattern for the shirts. I added the underwear applique before sewing the pants. I made pants like this before for Little Man's Super Hero party. I decided to applique another bird to each t-shirt. Originally I was going to only applique the vests. I decided add one to the shirts in case the vests come off during warmer, day-time parties.
The boots and the gauntlets were made from felt. The boots strap on over the boys' shoes and Velcro in the back. I used the gauntlet pattern from my Every Hero's Cape pattern.
The boots and gauntlets are really the only 'costumey' parts of the costume. Everything else, I'm happy to say, can be worn again on any other day. My hope is they will be worn a lot.
Husband and I got hats and matching t-shirts only. I think that was all we needed. Husband got a pig and I got a yellow bird. I think I look a bit like Bert (of Bert and Ernie).