Over the weekend I finally (almost) completed the Halloween costume for my step-son; the final costume of the three I had to make for the minions. He wanted to be Sasuke... a Japanese anime ninja from something called Naruto which he thinks is the greatest. Sasuke, yes Sasuke (apparently pronounced "Sauce-K"), who I am sure probably all 9-year-olds are familiar with, like duh, but I had to do complex internet research on.
|Wyatt as Sasuke - still need to hem sleeves and take up tunic length a bit|
I started with pictures researched from the internet, and finally he decided that this was the one he wanted to go for. Here's what the character looks like:
What I did first was ask Wyatt what colors each item was. LOL. Turns out it's white top, black pant, dark blue wrap, and a purple rope belt.
For the top and the wrap, as luck would have it, the costume faux satin was on sale for 50% off (about $1.50 a yard). Done! They were out of black in this type of fabric though.
For the pants, I purchased a matte black gauze fabric. It was on sale for a very low price, and it was the cheapest black workable fabric I could find for the pants. When I did a fitting on him of the pants, he said, "I'm wearing girl pants." Fannnnn-tastic. Once he put the entire outfit on though, both he and Trent realized that the material actually worked out well.
I used a basic costume pant pattern for the pants and altered them to fit him. The folds that are seen in the photo are where I folded the edges to cut out at the line for the small size. On multi-sized patterns I don't cut away the larger sizes from the pattern, that way they remain re-usable.
For the belt... they didn't have any rope in the decorator sections that looked right. And anything that I could substitute in it's place cost between $4 to $12 a yard. So... in the home decor section, I found a box of natural cording, used for draperies, at 79 cents a yard. I purchased 3 yards and a box of purple dye:
|Rope belt - Wyatt said the rope looked, "authentic"|
To cut the wrap, I took the blue fabric folded in half, and made a semi-circle... the old school method with a piece of twine and chalk secured in one spot.
Could I have folded the fabric in half again and done a quarter circle? I retrospect, yes. LOL.
|Wyatt as Sasuke - back|
|Jack as Dracula|
That kid was so darned happy the rest of the night. I got hugs and praises on my sewing skills from him. He mentioned several times how perfect the costume was. I've never made children's Halloween costumes before, but it was such a warm, self-satisfying feeling to see them that happy because of something I did. They've already started placing their orders for next Halloween. Guess I did okay! :) :)
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