Monday, 5 March 2012

To Infinity and Beyond - very easy Buzz Lightyear costume tutorial

Remember the Space Week(s) I did with my kids? In November? We didn't leave the topic yet. We visited the Planetarium and the observatory we crafted and studied and read and did science projects and we're only now moving on to our next topic... I'll post about it soon, promise :-)
Well, with all that space stuff going on, it was really easy to pick a costume for my son for the "fat tuesday" party in his kindergarden - ASTRONAUT! And it's a costume without weapons, so the teacher was happy, too...
It's not a complete Buzz replica, I wanted to make something he could wear on other occasions, too.
Here is what I did:

I used a sweat shirt fabric in white and bright green :-)

I folded a pair of Mr. Turtles pants and traced them onto the white fabric
I did the same thing with a long sleeved shirt - traced half the shirt front on the folded fabric, then the arms. The back is the same as the front, the neckline is a little higher.
I made the whole thing a little bigger to create that space suit look

I layed out all of my pieces to make sure I didn't forget anything and started on the green accents.

The front of the shirt gets two green "breastplates". I simply eyeballed the size and cut a nice curve - the only thing that matters at this point is that the middle part (= the curve) looks nice. It is totally fine if  the pieces are too big.
The front also gets a green border on the bottom.

The sleeves get a little accent at the ellbow (eyeballed it again) and also a green border.

pin everything in place - you could fuse them together, I simply had no mistyfuse or anything at home :-)

It probably looks something like that from the back now

Stitch everything in place with a zig-zag stitch

Fold the green borders in half and attach to sleeves and front/back.
I also attached the green borders to the legs at this point, I figured it made sense ;-)
I top stitched them, too - it looks neat.
Now I cut off the excess fabric from the green panels.

I closed one shoulder seam, folded the neck band in half and sewed it to the neckline. After that I closed the other shoulder seam and topstitched everything.

Pinned sleeves in place and sewed them in. Sleeves and body get stitched in one seam

The Pants are very straight forward - just simple pants with an elastic waistband.
Voilá - a little astronaut!

This was surprisingly easy and fast to make. I'll post how to make the jet pack at another time - Mr. Turtles made it almost by himself.

I am posting a link to the Project Run and Play website... they are doing auditions for the next season. I would love to be part of this and make some cool boy stuff, but i don't think I've got a shot, everything there is so amazing...

Keep sewing,

1 comment:

  1. Every little guy's dream! You put so much work into this outfit---so glad he got to wear it again.

    Thanks for entering this in to Season 4. Can't wait to see what you do next!