The main character, Max, in Where the Wild Things Are seems to be a popular costume for kids this year but when noclothes wanted to be be Max for Halloween, she couldn't find a costume for an adult and asked me to make one for her. Of course I said yes!
It might look complicated, but basically if you can use scissors and a sewing machine and have a bit of confidence and time, you can make this costume!
Step 1: Materials
-polar fleece, different amount depending on the size (I got 4 yards and ended up using only about 3)
-zipper or velcro
-baggy pants, baggy shirt and hood to use for a pattern (don't worry, you don't have to cut them up!)
-sewing machine (you could do this by hand if you have all the time in the world)
-thick paper, in gold if you can find it
-small amount of dark colored fabric
Step 2: Cut Out the Legs
Step 3: Cut Out the Top
Fold one sleeve so it is on top of the shirt. And cut around this half of the shirt leaving a 1inch seam allowance. Once you have one side cut, fold it over and cut around it to cut the other side. This will ensure that both sides are even. Also, don't worry that it doesn't have sleeves. We will get there.
You should now have two pieces of fleece that look like a body suit with no arms and extra long legs.
Step 4: Sleeves!
Step 5: Hood and Ears
For the ears, cut out 4 leaf shapes from the fleece and two from the stiff paper. Sew two of the leaf shapes together to form a pocket and slip one of the stiff paper leaf shapes into it to help it retain the shape. Repeat this so you have two leaf shaped pockets with stiff paper in them. Fold them in half long ways to create the ear shape. Pin them onto either side of the outside of the hood and sew along the bottom. It's ok if they flop down at the seam, the crown will hold them up. If you really want them to stay standing up on their own, you can go in by hand with a needle and thread and put a few stitches in near the top to hold them up.
I also opted to hem the opening of the hood, although fleece doesn't fray and this was a choice of aesthetics.
Step 6: Sew Body, Sleeves and Hood
Sew the undersides of the sleeves so you have two tubes. Line up the seam on the underside of the arm with the seam on the side of the body and with the right sides together, sew the sleeves to the body so the seams are on the inside.
Line up the seam on the hood with the center of the back neck hole. Pin with right sides together and sew.
Step 7: Zipper
I used a 16 inch zipper down the front. Cut a line down the center front and install your sipper or velcro. There a few ways to do this step and it's really up to you how much time and effort you want to put in. I left the edges raw here since the fleece does not fray and I was running out of time.
Step 8: Hands and Feet (paws?)
For hands, cut out four half circles that are about as long as your fingers. Sew them together to make two pockets and sew them to the ends of the sleeves on one side. It should look like you have a small pocket on the topside of the end of the sleeve like the third picture.
Step 9: Finishing Touches
To save the bottom of the feet, you can also take apart some old shoes and glue the sole the bottoms of the feet like noclothes did.
Make a crown out of stiff, gold paper (make sure you size it with the hood on!).