My kid is obsessed with volcanoes. We watch youtube videos of eruptions, we read books about them. We talk about them. And talk, and talk, and talk.
When I asked Julia what she wanted to be for Halloween, she wanted to be a princess. I asked her again - and again I got "princess". So, I kept asking until I got an answer that I liked! Finally, she said, "how about a volcano costume?" I immediately went to work....
I made this using the Oliver + S Bubble Dress pattern. I used some very old black corduroy for the body, I used two pillowcases to cut the lining. I lined the body with fleece. All these things were from my stash. I had some random gray coarse fabric that I used for the lava.
Julia and I worked together to paint the flame/lava running down the volcano. Anytime I involve her in the process, it makes her that much more excited to wear what we've made.
I made a flame-crown out of several layers of fabric and used Wonder Under to stick them together. There's also a layer of heavy interfacing between the layers that I had left over from some handbag making.
When the costume was almost put together, we decided that it needed more body. I put a hoop made out of wire coat hangers in the bottom, but still it needed more body. I tore the bubble hem apart, and stuck a bunch of bubble wrap we had lying around up inside the body. It totally did the trick!
So, that's what I finished off on day 3 of Kids Clothes Week!!!