A costume design can be hard to come up with especially if you’re running out of time. For that matter, you should have at least a month to plan ahead as to what costume design you’ll be working on. This way, you can look for suitable materials from all possible sources. Ideas for costume design may sometimes stem from the materials you will be able to gather or discover.
Don’t limit your sources to just your closet, you can explore thrift shops and dollar stores. If Halloween costumes are something you do traditionally, why not take advantage of garage sales that also dispose of old costume materials then plan on remodeling the costume design.
Look beyond what your old clothes have to offer. An old A-line skirt can be converted into a cape, while the chiffon layers of an outdated prom dress can be used for a child’s fairy or princess costume. Even the old pantyhose can find use for special effects, like making guts or intestines, or fit it snugly close to your skull and create a balding effect.
What if Your Kid Doesn’t Want to Wear your Costume Design Creation?
However, the greatest setback of all is when your kid does not approve of your costume design. After all the preparations and the painstaking effort you went through, your little one doesn’t like it. He had other costume design ideas to start with and you weren’t able to prove that you can come up with something better.
Try to make some compromises for next year’s costume and ask your kid what part of the costume he doesn’t approve. Try to make some modifications until you arrive at a solution. To avoid this kind of problem, here’s are some good suggestions:
How to Avoid Your Kid’s Rejection of your Costume Design
1. Buy a pattern for some do-it-yourself costume design from a local fabric store. Most of these fabric stores give their buyers some guides and tips on how to do the costume design to encourage repeat purchases. However, you should take the initiative to ask for these tips because they are also cautious in giving out unsolicited advices to customers who feel offended if mistaken for a novice.
2. When buying the pattern, make sure to bring your kid along with you so he will be able to give his approval of the costume design at the onset. Make sure you both settle on something that’s not too complicated wherein you can ask the store clerk’s help. Ask for recommendations as to which of these patterns are suitable for beginners. Ask further if they have any tips on how you can tackle the pattern with as little trouble as possible.
3. Before buying the material from the fabric store, check your stash of old clothes if there’s any material you can reuse or recycle for the costume design. Sometimes, it is best to keep the color combinations of the pattern, so you won’t get lost in following the instructions.
4. If you’re not great at machine or hand sewing, you can temporarily use fabric glue or a glue gun to hold the fabric together as well as the adornments like furs, buttons, fringes or sequins.
5. Once you have them all glued and dried, let your kid try it on, so you will see if you’re doing fine so far. After everything has been assembled, you can reinforce the glues by making any kind of stitch you know how to do; just to give the costume a more secure form of bonding.
6. Don’t be too eager to finish the costume all at once or you’re bound to make some mistakes as a beginner.
Now that solves all the heartaches of spending your hours planning and gathering materials for a costume design that your kid doesn’t want to wear; even if it meant no more trick or treating.