On Thursdays I pull from my archives of posts and today in honor of Halloween I share with you the easiest costume ever. If you are scrambling today, October 30, for a quick costume have no fear. Grab a black shirt, some felt and throw some wings and a mask together and voila! You have a bat. This is back from 2012 and was the last costume I made…until this year. 🙂
My daughter is insanely indecisive. Given a plate of food in front of her, she will struggle to figure out what to eat first (unless there is cake of course!) So when it is time to make decisions about things…themes for parties, what to wear and by all means what to be for Halloween she is enough to make you pull your hair out.
After looking online at a few costumes and listening to her hem and haw for weeks I finally told her she was going to be a bat. Thankfully she stuck with it.
This is probably the easiest costume I have ever put together. Obviously I have huge felt reserves in my house, so the materials were all here and essentially free. The tutorial and pattern for the mask can be found here
I did alter things a litle bit. The tutorial has you use fabric and then felt with boning stuck in for the wings. I used felt and then made seams for the bends in the wings. I used two layers of felt so the wings are fairly stiff, but not too much to make the shirt uncomfortable.
The mask in the tutorial is made of paper and I knew that wouldn’t fly on my chick, so I used the same felt with some other scraps and sewed it together.
I used a ribbon instead of elastic, again because I have crazy picky children and I knew she would hate that tightness on her face. (and we have a serious licking our lips issue going on…any tips?)
I was a little worried that Miss. Indecisive wouldn’t like it, but she loved it and threw it all on as soon as she came home from school yesterday. Score one for mom!
Now, if we can get Bilbo Baggins dressed, Hallween 2012 will be off to a great start!