When my kids were little, I loved making their Halloween costumes. I remember my mom making me really nice costumes when I was a kid and I wanted to do the same for my kids. Once they were school age they wanted to buy costumes so it was a little disappointing. In high school, I had to help with some of them.
|This Batman costume I made for Noah was one of my favorites.
And now, I’ve spent the last two days working non-stop on a costume for Eli, hahaha.
Eli’s girlfriend, Ava, wants them to wear a couple – costume – Princess Leia and Han Solo from Star Wars. Cute idea, right? She got her suit in plenty of time and, Eli being Eli, took it. He didn’t want to spend the $90 on Amazon for the suit, so he just put off even thinking about the suit. Then on Sunday, he told me he needed a Han Solo costume for FRIDAY. Any costume ordered from Amazon wouldn’t arrive until after Halloween, so he wasn’t sure what to do.
Normally, I’d tell him good luck and not take it upon myself to pull out a last minute suit. However, Ava is the sweetest girl and I don’t want her to be disappointed with the couple’s costumes. I told Eli I would do my best to make something up. He gave me this image to work with:
The pants, shirt, and vest looked simple enough–I could go to the thrift store and hopefully find them. The boots would be challenging – he wears a size 12 and men’s boots like this aren’t exactly common (at least here). The belt would definitely be the biggest challenge.
I didn’t have the best luck in the store. I was hoping to find a black vest with pockets–didn’t happen. I couldn’t find a shirt that was even close to the picture. For the pants, I bought a pair of men’s pants, which are a dime a dozen (not literally), so I wasn’t worried about finding them.
I ended up buying a white shirt with a button down collar and sleeves and a short sleeve black shirt with a button down collar. The black one was a size 3XL (too big for Eli) but I was hoping I could cut it down and then use the excess fabric to add pockets like the vest in the photo.
For the belt and holster, I had to get creative. I bought this fake leather bag, which was blue on the outside size, but the inside was brown. I thought I could cut the pieces out of it and maybe stain it to make it look darker and more like leather. (Though color is at the bottom of the priority list. Maybe it should just be tan.)
After splitting the bag, I now have this:
I haven’t started on the belt and holster yet. That will be a project for tomorrow.
I’m not done with the shirt or the vest either. I finished sewing the white shirt, and this is it now:
I took both ends out from under the front, removing the buttons and buttonholes. Then sew the front about 3/4 of the way up. I removed the cuffs from the sleeves and sewed the side opening of the sleeves (the part that snaps together). All I would like to do is paint it a light brown/yellow. Noah suggested soaking it in coffee and I thought that was a great idea! I haven’t done it yet, but I’ll probably try it tomorrow.
The vest was easy enough, but I haven’t finished that either. I would like to add more pockets. However, this will only be a detail if I have time. This is what it looks like now:
As for the boots, I’ll probably make some sort of black sleeves that can go over his pants — starting from his ankle to his knees (and he’ll have to wear black shoes). I got this idea from this boot sleeve from when he was a kid hahaha. It was part of a pirate outfit and he actually wears it backwards. the part from his knees would actually cover his shoe so it looked more like a boot. I miss those days! So cute.
Eli used to love accessories of all kinds and would wear random things like this. I always got a kick out of it.
So, wish me luck with this zone… I have a feeling it’s going to be a disaster!