The Art of Darkness

This Year’s Costumes

October 1st, 2008 by Cobwebs

Shadaughter and ShadowboyI’ve previously mentioned that I tend to go overboard where Halloween costumes are concerned. (Where everything else is concerned too, actually; my family’s motto is, “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.) This year, however, even I think I may have gone too far.

Oh, it started innocently enough; I dug this pattern out of my stash a few months ago and decided to make this princess costume for a friend’s niece. I figured I could dress Shadowboy as Robin Hood or a knight or something and let them trick-or-treat as a couple.

But then Shadaughter started watching The Tudors on cable and decided that she wanted one of those fancy dresses. In a moment of weakness I agreed to make this one, which resulted in this.

So then I thought, “I know! I’ll make Shadowboy into Henry VIII!”

I have instructed my family that, should I make such a pronouncement in the future, I am to be slapped until I change my mind.

Tudor costume patterns sized for four-year-olds are not exactly easy to find, so I eventually wound up improvising. I cut this pattern off short and made it into a tunic. Then I lengthened a square-bottomed vest pattern and added puffy sleeves and fur trim, turning it into a surcoat. The only thing I was able to use an actual pattern for was the hat, which was adult-sized and just had to be cut down a whole lot. The preceding paragraph makes the whole process sound a hell of a lot easier than it actually was.

The final result was this. (The scan’s a bit dark, so here’s another pose.)

I’m very pleased with the results, but I need to find an easier hobby.

p.s. – Here are a couple of additional shots, because I feel like showing off:
Shadowboy the Eighth and his Queen
Shadaughter and Shadowboy (this one just kills me dead)

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