Robot Halloween Costume

For Halloween 2013 hubby and I collaborated on Silly Bean’s costume. Little Miss V was just a few months old (and had colic for all of September and half of October) so I didn’t have much time to work on a costume by myself.

robot costume by Lulu&Celeste

My contribution to this was to sew the fleece cover to fit over the box and sewing the helmet.

For the helmet I measured the circumference of Silly Bean’s head and then cut out a rectangle for the neck/face part. I drew a huge oval for her face (cuz, well she needed to see where she was going!) and sewed around the edge (for detail) and then cut out the oval. I the sewed the rectangle to the oval piece to make a tube shape. Nothing fancy here. If anyone wants an actual tutorial let me know and I’ll work on one!

Hubby is an electrician so of course the robot needed working lights!

lights on!

lights off!

He bought the little battery light sets from the dollar store and hooked them up to the switch, poked the holes through the box and fleece and the arm thing. And voila! My super non-electrical explanation of what he did.

He bought some pink duct tape to add some pink detail for my pink loving (at the time) 3-year-old.

And well, this costume was also a hit! During a night full of little kids in store-bought costumes, the handmade ones stand out. Hubby said people were having playing with the switch, and teen boys were pointing out her costume to their friends! Hubby was so proud! lol

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Halloween costume -Penguin

For Halloween 2012 I made Silly Bean a penguin costume.

It was a hit! She got compliments and comments on it at pretty much every door.

I was inspired by this penguin costume, but obviously mine didn’t turn out quite the same. I pretty much followed the tutorial but used my own templates. It was my first time sewing with fleece, and I made it on my old sewing machine (old but unfortunately not vintage) which wasn’t the best. I broke quite a few needles on the costume. But it was fun and felt good to finish it!

The hat part she actually wore out as a regular hat during the winter! 🙂  It was so cute. And she’s worn the costume quite a few times for dress up since then, so it was a definitely worth the time and broken needles. (And well, I was so frustrated with my machine after that experience that I went and bought a new machine a little while later. I bought a Brother SQ950. A vast improvement over the 10-year-old basic Kenmore machine I had before.)

A penguin trying to fly

The main difference was the feet. Because she would be walking and possibly needing her winter boots on, I made the feet shape and attached a small piece of elastic to each end near the ankle and basically the penguin feet just lay on top of her boots. I also didn’t stuff the beak like in the original tutorial.

And since then she’s been using one of the feet as a purse! Ha!

It’s a multipurpose penguin. 😉

Even now, nearly two years later, she can still wear it! It’s just a lot shorter on her. It was a great costume. The sewing wasn’t perfect on it, but considering we oftentimes have real cold Halloweens (like around 5 C or colder) having a costume made out of fleece was perfect and it was also roomy enough to wear over a coat. 

Till next time!