Lukie’s shark costume is finished!
and it ROCKS!
It’s all felt and took me about 2 hours, from cutting to last stitch, to complete (notice the piles of felt all over the floor). After combing the internet for the last few weeks for ideas on how I was going to make it, I got my main inspiration here and just winged it.
Since my new machine is broken again – so broken that I have to send it back to the factory! – I had to re-animate my only remaining machine (I threw all but one away when I got the fabulous new machine that breaks down every other week). I was able to put the entire costume together with the serger, except the mouth. Thankfully I was able to get a good stitch out of that old machine and kept her going enough to finish! (fingers crossed I can finish Zack’s shark too!)
This was really simple to put together, the bulk of the time was cutting. I had Luke lay down on doubled up felt, traced the shark shape and marked for armholes then cut. I took one half and cut out the mouth, then the gums and teeth – careful to match them to the mouth. Then I just layered the gums and teeth into the mouth and straight stitched them on. The back fin is just three layers of felt serged together on two sides then turned out. I pressed then serged the open end up and cut a slit the same length into the back of the shark. I slipped the serged end into the slit and then serged it all together and to my delight it actually stands up on its own! For the arm ‘fins’ I just folded over some felt and cut in the triangle shape then serged them to the back piece where I marked for armholes. I was going to attach them like real sleeves but on my trial of that it ended up looking like a football player and I opted for the fins to actually be behind his arms. So from the back it really looks very sharky. After attaching the arm fins and adding the black eyes I stitched the front and back together leaving openings for the arms.. and that’s it!
He loves it and won’t take it off..
If anyone noticed, it’s not a tiger shark like the boys wanted. I totally goofed and was so excited to put the big fin on that I forgot the tiger stripes.. but Luke didn’t notice so don’t tell him! I have to wait for Zack to get home from school to measure him for his.. this Halloween is going to be awesome!!