Here’s my New Year’s treat for you guys: a tutorial on how I made Raviv’s owl costume (which earned me praises from Raviv’s teachers and, according to Yaya Isay, from other parents as well 😉 ). Exciting, right? Hukhukhuk! :))
But before that, kwento muna. 🙂 Anyway, I was handed a letter about the costume thingy almost exactly a week before Rainbow Holiday Show (end of 2nd quarter celebration–end of 2nd quarter pa lang because Rainbow follows the Western countries’ school calendar). Upon seeing that the kids were supposed to be in costume next week, na-stress drilon ako because that day Raviv was wearing his Superman costume! Since konting days lang ang pagitan, ayoko namang mag-repeat performance agad ang outfit ni Raviv ‘di ba? FYI, I spend about hours preparing his school outfits (I already pick which polo/shirt would be paired with his shorts/jumper/jeans) good for two months, and I put these pre-arranged outfits in a different cabinet. May pattern pa ‘yan–example: Day 1 shirt & shorts; Day 2 jumper; Day 3 polo & jeans; Day 4 blazer and shorts...basta you get my point? That way, we avoid the too-soon repeat performance of his school clothes.
Anyway, before my brain could process whether magre-repeat performance na ba si Pirate Raviv (Me: “But it’s too soon! Nung November n’ya lang ‘yun sinuot eh at nai-blog ko na ‘yung outfit na ‘yun!!!), I read that the kids’ costumes were supposed to be a plant or an animal, because their 2nd quarter lessons were about things that grow. For a split second I felt a certain panghihinayang that the pirate costume can’t be used, but I felt a rush right away because I knew I’d either be: 1) shopping for a new costume for Raviv (and Randy can’t complain…he wouldn’t want his son to be kawawa, right?); or 2) I’ll be able to channel the inner and often-restrained Bree Van De Kamp (medyo losyang si Martha Stewart so Bree Van De Kamp na lang) in me!
I tried shopping for a costume but then most of what I saw were too….generic, so to speak. While I saw really awesome costumes at Rustan’s, they were too expensive and it would have been impractical for me to buy because if I do Raviv will probably outgrow whichever I buy quickly–hindi na ‘yun aabutin ng next Halloween for sure.
So anyway, I decided to go for a DIY owl costume because the picture I saw was really adorable and it seemed easy to make. So was it easy? Well, if I were truly domesticated it should have been. But since I don’t even know how to use a sewing machine (at nangarap pa akong maging si Bree, no? Hehe) and I was so fickle-minded, napuyat ako ng 2 nights.
But really, it’s easy. 🙂
- Fabric (preferably those that look like bird feathers)
- Sharp scissors (use sharp scissors made for cutting cloth; if you use paper scissors your hands would ache and your cuts would be ugly)
- Long-sleeved onesie
- Bonnet (‘yung parang pangmagnanakaw)
- Big triangular fabric for wings (I just used a square lampin which folded to look like a triangle)
- Thread (this should match the fabric; otherwise, pangit)
Step 1 I scoured Raviv’s closet and got a long-sleeved onesie which I dyed black (I was supposed to dye it brown but we couldn’t find a matching brown bonnet).
I used an ordinary square lampin that I folded as wings.
Step 2 I bought two pieces of fabrics that look like an owl feather. I bought two so there’d be contrast. Then, I got something oval (p’wet ng isang weird na table accent) that I used as a pattern when I traced the “feathers” on a cardboard. After I cut the cardboard, I used it as a guide when cutting the fabric. The cut fabric I used on Raviv’s wings were bigger than those that I used on the front of his onesie.
Step 3 I sewed the oval-cut pieces of fabric on the dyed onesie and on the triangular cloth. Choose whichever design you fancy. In Raviv’s owl costume, I alternated the rows with the two different fabric patterns.
Step 4 Sew the “wings” onto the onesie. It would be best if you let your child wear the onesie first and use pins so you can mark where you are supposed to sew the wings (you can’t just sew it in a straight line, believe me. We want to cover the back where no “feathers” was sewn).
Step 5 Turn the bonnet to its wrong side and cut half a circle or a triangle from it. Then, sew it. Better if the thread used is thick and sturdy.
Turn the bonnet to the right side and get creative with the eyes and beak–you may use fabric, buttons, beads, etc. Again, better if you fit the bonnet to your child’s head first so you can mark where to put the eyes best.
That’s all and voila!!! Consummatum est!!!
Though talagang nalocah ako sa paggawa nito, the thumbs up from his teachers and the wows from my co-parents made me beam.
Try n’yo, and please share your DIY’s on my blog too! Just send me photos and steps. 🙂
Tell me what you think!
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