Picture of Jaguar Shark Costume from 'The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou'
My husband and brother-in-law have recently gotten into scuba-diving and consequently have been watching Sea Hunt, Jacques Cousteau documentaries and the Wes Anderson movie, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, starring Bill Murray, multiple times. So for Halloween this year the family decided to dress up as members of Team Zissou with my niece going as THE key character – the Jaguar Shark. I was recruited to make the shark head and tail from scratch (and went as Eleanor Zissou myself). Hardly anyone knew who we were, but we had a lot of fun, and my niece looked awesome. This is an Instructable on how to make a (jaguar) shark costume for a toddler.

Step 1: What You'll Need

Picture of What You'll Need
To make a Jaguar Shark costume, you'll need:

Sewing Pattern "for a shark body" (we used an old out-of-print patter McCall's 4529. I recommend Simplicity 2068, 2070 or 2788, or McCall's 6812)
1/2 inch thick Foam
Jaguar-Shark-spotted fabric
Brown Fabric (for lining shark body)
Red Fabric (for lining shark head)
Fiber Fill
Sewing Machine (or needle and thread)
Sewing Scissors
Regular/Paper Scissors
Paper or Newspaper to Make Head/Tail Pattern
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Big Black Pom-Poms

(My Phone apparently autocorrects that to "Da Walrus". I don't think i get either)
The more i think about it, though, the more it makes sense. :D
johnstat00011 months ago

I love Steve Zissou!!

amenough1 year ago
Best Instructable ever! Now get me a Campari. On the rocks.
So cute!! Love the tiny shark head mock up. :D