Book Week 2018 – UFO Costume

It’s that time of year when parents of primary school aged children in Australia either spend every spare moment trawling Pinterest for ideas for Book Week costumes…or they curl up in a corner and wish it was all over…lol. Ok, perhaps there are plenty of parents who are somewhere in the middle!

This year is our last year of primary school, and therefore the last year of having to come up with a costume for Book Week, so we thought we’d try for something BIG! And after a bit of searching, we found a costume idea that fit the brief. You can follow my Pinterest board of ideas here. Continue reading

Book Week Costume – Dr Who’s TARDIS

We’ve been a bit busy recently working on this year’s Book Week costume, but I couldn’t share it until the parade was over (apart from a few teasers on Instagram). And it was this morning!

We’ve already done costumes for the current popular characters (Ash Ketchum last year, Eli Shane in 2015, Hiccup the year before that…), and every year there are plenty of Harry Potter characters so we were going to leave that alone. This year I told our young man to go to Pinterest for some inspiration. And he came up with the TARDIS! There are a great variety of TARDIS costumes on Pinterest, some of which I pinned to my Book Week Costume Ideas board. Continue reading

Eli Shane (Slugterra) costume for Halloween

Even though we had decided some weeks ago to be Eli Shane for Halloween, and I had dutifully scoured Pinterest for inspiration, I only started the costume the day before. I was a bit nervous! And perhaps rightly so, since creating the t-shirt took me several hours and a couple of re-dos. But my very happy young son was so impressed when he saw it, and hasn’t taken it off since! You can find my Halloween Pinterest board here. Earlier this year the boys discovered a computer game during free time at school – Slug it Out, based on Slugterra. Shortly after, the show appeared on television. Don’t ask me what time or what station…! Anyway, suffice to say that Eli Shane is the current ‘hero’ of choice. Here he is: Disney-XD-Slugterra To make the t-shirt, I started with the idea from However I didn’t cut up the original black shirt, I just attached appropriate bits of white and orange. I found a couple of old shirts that were due to be used for rags. The black t-shirt I bought specially for this project. It came from KMart and cost $3.

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My first thought was to just cut the armpit bit out of the white shirt and sew it onto the matching spot on the black shirt, along with bits of orange. But the angle of the sleeves was completely different and it wouldn’t have been a smooth join. I am no sewing expert, so if there is a simple way to do this I wouldn’t know!

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This was nearly the time I gave up, but I thought and thought how a basic sewer like myself could come up with a solution. Which I did. I ended up cutting 2 separate pieces of white, one bit for under the arm, the other for down the side.

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I tried using the sewing machine, but it was too fiddly doing the sleeves, so I ended up doing it all by hand. I just tacked it all on, so it is certainly no professional job! As long as it stays together long enough to wear for Book Week next year I’ll be happy. But since it has been worn pretty much non-stop since Thursday night when I finished it I’m not sure about that…

Next up was the slug holders. I found a pack of toothpick containers at the cheap shop for about $3 which did the job nicely. Following the idea from I mixed some blue paint with glue and painted the containers. The painter was a little heavy-handed with the paint so they dried with some big drips, but that is ok.

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He has a large collection of slug drawings, some of which he did himself, some he downloaded (just Google Slugterra colouring pages) and coloured in. You can see the 3 he chose in the top right of the photo above.

I cut a piece of heavy black fabric and the containers were attached with some heavy duty adhesive. I didn’t bother hemming, and it is held together with a safety pin.

For the photo he used an old water pistol, but it wasn’t authentic enough and he couldn’t be convinced to take it with him.

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What he was convinced of was the need for a slug to be sitting on his shoulder. So he went and got another picture and sticky-taped it on! Also note the slicked back fringe 🙂

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You can see he’s a little happier in the second photo without the water pistol and with the extra slug!

Yesterday was very hot, so there was no way he was going to wear long pants and boots. Definitely shorts weather!

Are you a fan of Slugterra?

*UPDATE 29 August 2015*

Today was the Book Week Parade, and so this costume came out again. It had lasted fairly well, it has even been washed!

Since it is Winter here now, the top was teamed with black jeans. Today was thankfully a beautifully sunny day and not too cold, but there are still a couple of layers under the black top. We didn’t bother with long black boots. Or slicking back the fringe.

The only other update to the costume was that we now have a set of slug characters which I bought on eBay at the beginning of the year. So the paper cut outs in the slug holders were replaced with these characters. And of course, Burpy had to be sitting on the shoulder. I left that one up to the wearer to work out, and he was very happy to attach him with a roll of masking tape. You can see the tape quite easily, but he wasn’t worried about that. And if it didn’t bother him, it definitely wasn’t going to bother me!

Eli Shane costume

Eli Shane costume .

I wonder what the next costume we’ll have to create will be?

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