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 http://toneeprojects.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/eli-shanes-shirt.html. 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 http://lifesprinkledwithglitter.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/diy-slugterra-costume.html 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!

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

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Book Week costume – Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon

Yesterday my son’s school had their Book Week parade. Technically it’s not Book Week for another few weeks, but ours was combined with Open Day. There was so much colour, lots of great costumes, plenty of happy kids, and many parents and grandparents who came to support the kids. Even the teachers dress up. It was a wonderful morning!

So, what costume did we come up with?

How to Train Your Dragon is very popular in our house at the moment. Luckily, the movies and tv series are based on a book series by Cressida Cowell, so we were good to go with Hiccup, the young Viking dragon trainer!

You can see my Book Week costume ideas Pinterest board here.

The elements we needed to come up with were:

A brown vest, belt and boot cuffs.

A dragon shield.

We already had black boots, brown pants, and a green top. I added the lace to the green top with safety pins. From a distance it looks ok 😉

Here is my Hiccup striking a pose:

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I bought some brown polar fleece as it had a good texture.

To make the vest, I folded the fleece in half, measured across my son’s shoulders, and cut. The folded bit was at the top – across the top of his shoulders. So I just had to cut a hole for his head, and sew down the sides leaving space for armholes. Then I cut down the middle of the front, and shaped it around the corners.

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I hope the photo gives you an idea of what I did. There was not a lot of exact measuring.

The belt was just another strip of fabric, fastened at the back with a safety pin.

For the boot cuffs, I measured (again, very roughly – there was no tape measure involved) around the ankle and cut a wide piece of fabric. I folded that in half lengthwise and sewed it to make a tube. I turned that inside out so the seam was inside. I sewed the ends together and cut off the excess, and turned it inside out again. All the seams are now hidden. The bottom of his pants were tucked into his socks to keep the pants secure. He pulled on the cuffs, and lastly the boots.

I searched for images of Hiccup’s shield, and found several examples. I went with the one with a Toothless-style dragon.

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I cut two circles out of corrugated cardboard and glued them together. This was for added strength. Then I got to work drawing the design. I think I did ok 😉

My son helped painting the dragon. There are two strips of cardboard on the back to hold it on his arm.

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I took this photo today – the day after the parade, and after a day at school. It is a little rougher around the edges that it was originally!

Here is an action shot, just before the pose of the first photo in this post. It was a bit windy today, hence all the leaves. I should have removed them before taking the photo. Oh well.

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So the Book Week costume is done for another year. What will your child wear for their parade?