Saturday, May 5, 2012

Superhero Costumes (The Incredibles)

When a five year old party called for superhero costumes I was a bit stumped.  We have lots of dress ups but nothing in the Spiderman or Superman vein, and superhero outfits for girls of that age are fairly thin on the ground (or astonishingly inappropriate).  Then my rather clever husband suggested The Incredibles - not only girls and boys but easy-peasy and something they know about/love!

And here are my little super heroes about to leave for the party:

Apparently these are superhero poses...(!)

I bought red tights and red long sleeved tops in the appropriate sizes from Target.  I used black underpants they already had over them and tucked the tops into the tights (nice...).  Then added some lycra knee-highs which are adult sized but still worked doubled over at the top for the "boots".

The crafty bit was to make their masks and the Incredibles logo.  For the mask I traced an existing mask we had onto two layers of soft black jersey which  I had fused together.  I wanted the masks to be soft and mould to their faces as much as possible.  I satin stitched just inside the traced edge and the eye openings, then simply carefully cut away as close to the stitching as possible without actually snipping any of it.  I sewed some elastic on both sides and also coloured in around the cut edge with black marker, as the white interfacing layer in the middle was showing a bit.

For the logo I used some fusible web to adhere a yellow oval onto the shirt.  Then cut a smaller black oval, which I cut in half and offset the two halves so one was nearer the top and one nearer the bottom and fused them in place.  Then fused the bottom of the i shape and the dot on top of those; and finally fused a white dot onto the centre of the yellow dot.  And that was it!

I love these costumes - they were really quick to make (assuming you can find the basics underneath pre-made), and looked fantastic.  They were also comfortable for the kids to wear, which a lot of ready made costumes aren't.

And most importantly, they were very happy with them!

I promise Marcus was happy, he just doesn't look it here...



4 comments:

  1. Wonderful costume designs!They looks adorable in these costumes.

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    1. Thanks! I was so happy with how easy these were to whip up (not a phrase I normally get to say!) and if you bought the masks they would actually be no-sew. They are still getting a LOT of use post-party :)

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