Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wolf Costume - Halloween 2014

Yup, there is a wolf on my blog.....


W wanted to dress up as a wolf for halloween (I think she got that idea after our visit to Great Wolf Lodge, ha) and even though I showed her a great costume online for $38, she wanted me to sew it. Dang, they know what buttons to press, right. How can you say no to that!?!



I was totally dreading it because I don't enjoy making costumes but who knew that a trip to JoAnn's would turn that around!
I arrived early monday morning and they had just opened. There were barely any customers and the employees were more than happy to help - and I did not even have to wait to get it.
At home I had seen this perfect brown/grey fake fur fabric and their website said it was in stock in my local shop.....except it was nowhere to be found when I arrived. Back to the help that was willing and accessible......she knew exactly what I was talking about and went out back and checked the fabric they were unloading from a truck right that moment and came back with a giant roll of EXCATLY-WHAT-I-WAS-LOOKING-FOR....and it was on sale. Yeeeees.
She also informed me that some of their patterns was on sale for 99 cents and I started looking around and found THIS pattern from McCalls.....not that much on sale but pretty much what I was imagining drafting myself - but why in the world do that when someone had done the job for me!! (Except when I came home I realized I accidentally bought a adult size L and not the kids size 6-7-8 like I needed - silly me thought you got ALL the pattern sizes in one envelope). Oh well, that is why we have Amazon Prime and two days later I received the pattern in the right size....and I was started to feel at bit excited....because this could actually be quite an awesome costume, ha.


The only changes I did to the pattern (besides making it quite a bit more narrow) was to add the white contrast piece to her belly, draft a wolf tale pattern piece, add white felt 'claws' to the tip of the spats (I learned a new English word there!) and to the gloves plus I also made the gloves fingerless. The fingerless part was actually W's own idea which I thought was kind of genius so she can way easier do what you do on Halloween.....open candy :-)


Yup, we did some face paint too. I can't draw at all (okay, I probably do not even have to explain that small detail after this shot above haha) but we have a little book that followed the face paint set we once bought and luckily there was an example of a wolf too, phew.


The hood is separate and closes at the front of her neck with velcro. I put some grey knit inside to make it comfortable. The suit itself is unlined and mostly with raw seams.
It was actually super nice for once just throw all intentions about nice finishes etc out the window and just SEW....fast and easy....ahhhh. 
Maybe I do enjoy sewing costumes a tiny little bit now.

And in case you wonder what Littlesister is going to wear this year you can see it HERE.
If I was really cool I would of course have convinced her to be Little Red Riding Hood but hence the not-loving-to-sew-costumes-so-much I was more than happy to push a costume we already had in the house.

For those of you who celebrate Halloween:
Happy Halloween!

Thank you.

16 comments:

  1. This is so cool! Absolutely amazing costume!

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  2. Hands down the best wolf costume I have ever seen!!

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  3. Awesome costume and awesome make-up. I am SO impressed. Mother of the Year award for sure. :)

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  4. WOW!!! This is behond any sewing project I've ever seen!

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  5. This is AMAZING!!! You are incredible my friend!! Costume sewing on a completely diferent level than us mortals hahaha :D Loved it so much, and the make up is super cute! Oh and by the way I Loved that rainbow costume too!!

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  6. This is so incredible Mie! And now that you're a costume sew-er and already have the adult pattern, I'm waiting to see a "Foxy Mie" next Halloween ;).

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    1. Hahaha Abby!!! Could you imagine?! I can actually and I can't stop laughing :-)

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  7. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! It is such a cool costume -- W is so lucky! I am happy that we don't do Haloween around here... I would dread sewing costumes... Or maybe not. :) And yes, it is a shame that Littlesister doesn't want to be little red riding hood... it would be epic!

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    1. Oh, I'm sure little sister would love to be Little Red Riding Hood....but she never got the choice because that meant another costume for me to make :-)

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  8. Amazing! It turned out incredible. Can't wait to see what you make next year ;)

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  9. Freaking awesome! Yay Mom, for making W's Halloween dreams come true.

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  10. I see a future on Broadway! It is amazing!! I made the same pattern last year but stupidly decide to make a headband instead of a hood, and poor Lily's ears were flopping down in her face all night, and then she nearly passed out from heat exhaustion. We made the white fur tummy too. But dang, that fake fur is hot!!! Hopefully you will have cool weather on Halloween!

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  11. Wow, this costume is epic. I LOVE it!

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  12. I Googled "wolf costume patterns" and this was the first image that came up. Let me just say that I'm beyond impressed! My son wants to be a wolf this Halloween (2016) and I'm definitely doing this! He was a puppy last year and the pattern I have from it will work well for this wolf costume, with a few of the modifications you suggested. I'm excited to get started on it, I just hope mine turns out as well as your's did!

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