Last week was Carnival, and my son decided to wear a "scary dragon costume" (as he said), and my work was to built up.. this...this... well, this "only" a dragon costume ;)
I got some disadvantages to do this:
Biggest one is TIME. He decided on the costume only four days before Carnival Friday (before it, he want to dress like a cat, a knight, a Luaila(what means nothing in realworld(tm) and a lot of different things in his kid's language)... etc ...) and I got only one or two ours per day before he and me go to sleep.
The other one is money, this month we buy an old 2nd hand car and I expend all my month salary in that car...
Other one is I haven't a sewing machine and I need to do all "by hand".
And last but not least important is: The costume must be very comfortable so a boy wearing it can run, play and do "what the three y.o. kids do" all day long...
Isn't the first time I do a costume similar to that one, but is the first time I do with these conditionals, but I was thrilled to see my son happy with his dragon costume and it helps a lot to do the work better...
Step 1: Parts and BOM
I divided this project in two parts, the "head" and the "body".
For the head, I think the best option is to make something like a hat rather than something like a mask. With a mask, it is difficult to talk, take on and take off, maybe is too much scary (for his mates) ... And a Hat, is easy to put on and take off, maintains ears, eyes and mouth free to ear, eat, see and talk...
And for the body I opted for a kind of t-shirt with tail... I explain it better in the corresponding step...
Bill Of Materials:
For the HAT:
-Green silk paper (or tissue, I don't know exactly the name in English),
-Modeling Clay (or plasticine or play-dough) and some tool for modelling,
-White glue, same qtty of water than white glue and a brush.
-One little hat (you can use a ball or a balloon too, but must be of an approximate size of the head you want to wear),
-Wrapping Plastic (this one used to wrap the food),
-Gouache or acrylic paint (in different colors: Black, white, green, red...) brushes and a cloth or tissue paper to clean it up,
-Hot glue gun,
-A piece of fabric for the neck (the same one type as for the body).
For the BODY
-A piece measuring four times the body of the kid of Green Fabric. I used Light canvas (maybe is called "linen" in english? "loneta" in Spanish), but you can use what you got or think is better for your purpose...
-Green thread, sewing needles, sewing scissors etc...
-Black or some dark color Marker pen
-Bubble wrap or old plastic bags or old newspapers.