posted October 30, 2003
QUESTION ASKED? I'm not sure how wide in the chest area they should be?
posted November 01, 2003
I recommmend measuring a few kids.
I just bought a costume pattern for my kids -- they were having Halloween sales so it was only 99 cents. The sizes were 4-6, 7-10 and I think adult. You can shorten or lengthen the pattern and there are only a few pieces.
Make at least one costume that will fit an extremely overweight child, too, even if you don't have any currently in your congregation -- you never know when you'll have the next visitor.
posted November 02, 2003
A very, very simple way to make costumes is to take a length of fabric (a couple of yards), fold it in half and cut an opening in the center for the head to go through. Leave the sides open and just tie them with a belt. That way you don't have to worry about the costumes fitting or not, whether a child is small or large.
posted November 08, 2003
Yes, tunics are the way to go for the majority of costumes -- if you watch, you can find knit fabric on the $1.00 per yard table at Wal-Mart and make a bunch for really cheap.... another little hint though -- when you cut out the hole for the head -- it works best to cut two slits that intersect (like a + sign). That will give kids plenty of room to slide their heads through, but the tunics will stay on the hangers in your costume closet! I also am always on the lookout for some really cool fabrics in nice lengths (1 1/2 to 2 yards) such as embroidered fabric, gold and glittery fabrics and other slinky, fancy stuff that can really jazz up these plain costumes.
posted November 09, 2003
Our costumes have evolved over a number of years, but the favorites of the kids are the tunics and the ones with some trims.(tough for kids to realize folks back then probably didn't have the color choices or care about matching stripes or not) I recommend the jacket style so that it can fit all sizes or special needs (wheelchair/braces), and then if you put one on backwards, it's like a tunic, put another on over and have many "belt" ties available and make that the difference for each character! We also have many fabrics for headpieces and ties for that too.