Step 1: Collect Some Flashy Components
I also used pliers and scissors to take the umbrella apart. You will also need some basic sewing skills as well as a sewing machine, thread, stuffing for the tail and a spot of velcro to hold the hood shut.
Step 2: I Took in the Sides of the 'scaly' Shirt
Step 3: Sew Fins Down the Back
I hand stitched triangles down the back using pieces cut from the sweater. I didn't use my machine because I didn't want them to lay flat once they were sewn on.
Step 4: Make a Dragon Tail
Using a side piece from the body of the sweater, I cut a diagonal line across. I loosely measured how many inches between my son's behind and the floor. This is how I decided on the tail-length.
I cut more of those fins, gradually going smaller as I got closer to the end of the tail.
I tucked the fins inside and pinned where my seam would be. I stitched it on my machine, turned it right-side-out, then used poly-fil to stuff it. Looks great!
Step 5: Adding Tail to Pants
Once I laid the sleeves out, there ended up being a 'V'-shaped area over the crotch with no sweater on it. This was fine, as the tail covered the back and I just sewed a 'V'-shaped sweater-piece over the front. This took a bit of fiddling, but the wool was stretchy and forgiving, and it looks great!
I pinned the 'right' side of the tail to the pant-legs and sewed on my machine. Be sure to use matching thread and no one will know it isn't perfect. I basted the top waist of the pants to the red sweatpants. It will be good enough for a party or two, then can come off easily later.
Step 6: Making a Dragon Head
I used some of the shimmery skirt for the hood and turned inside out, pinned the fins in place before I sewed a seam up the back. I top-stitched it so that they'd be spiky and stick out. I added a spot of velcro just under my boy's chin on either side of the hood so that it will stay on snugly.
Step 7: The Wings!
Get your umbrella and using pliers, snip the bars that keep it from flipping out in the wind.
I used scissors to slice the umbrella in half. I left the spines in place that hold the umbrella fabric in place. These were the 'webbed' wings!
Step 8: Secure the Wings
Spread out, they are starting to really look wing-like!
Step 9: Embellish the Wings
I popped it under my sewing machine and stitched it on. It was a little tricky, what with the umbrella framework still in place, but I managed! I went all around the outside edge, then went up the middle of each webbed section.
Step 10: Add Arm Bands
I didn't want anyone getting poked in the eye at the daycare Halloween party, so these wings won't extend past his hands.
Step 11: Put It All On!
Capturing the shimmery green wasn't easy, so I may take more shots between now and the 31st, out of direct sunlight and if I can catch him in a willing mood!
I hope you've enjoyed my costume instructable and if not a dragon, it inspires you to do a bat or butterfly, or some other winged creature! Happy Halloween!