The most important thing when building a costume for little kids is comfort, if the costume is uncomfortable the child will only want to wear it for a short time. This dress rehearsal gave the kids time to let me know if there was anything that needed to be changed or altered. It is very disheartening when you spend all the time required to build a costume only to have it so elaborate that the child cannot move and doesn't want to wear it.
Having built four full Skylanders costumes this year, I am very glad to be finished, there were definitely times when I reconsidered due to the time but pushed through and got them finished.
The Costume was all freehand and a vivid imagination molding the 3D pieces. So it is difficult to give advise but here it is.
I always start building with the helmet or mask, it is typically the most difficult and once you build that portion it gives you scale to the rest of the costume.
Always take measurements then add an inch or two. It is typically easier to take away then to add.
Take extra care on the paint. Once the costume is completely finished and ready for paint I am usually just wanting to get it done but the paint job is what makes the costume come to life.
Do not trust the adhesive on the velcro strips use hot glue prior to painting or the velcro will just take the paint off...ask me how I know.
I am pleased with the way this costume turned out and my son is super excited. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
This is my daughter who proudly wore my Ironman and Bumblebee Costumes in the past.
I still need to create the boots for her but am having difficulty procuring rain boots this time of year.
Tools and Material:
Lots of Hot Glue sticks
Foam Interlocking Play Mats
Paint (Orange, Blue, Silver and Gold)
Sharp Box Cutter
Sun Glass Lenses