DIY Monster Costume from Childs Drawing

Purple Monster Costume from Kid's Drawing

The purple monster costume is finally finished!

And about time, too.

Maia asked for it way back in May and I dawdled (and dawdled some more), partly because I had no idea how to go about making one and partly because I couldn’t find much time to sew.

But here you go…

A DIY Monster Costume from a Child’s Drawing

Purple Monster Costume from Kids Drawing

We picked out the fabric together (purple crushed velvet, of course) a while back, I sketched up a possible translation of her awesome drawing (above), and eventually it all came together.

Purple Monster Costume from Kids Drawing

I was winging it the whole time, but am pretty happy with how the costume turned out.

Purple Monster Costume from Kids Drawing

I attached the spikes (stiffened with heavyweight pellon) along the pant seams as well as along the top of the arms and around the edge of the hood. I altered a purple long-sleeve t-shirt as the top, which made it a little easier, I think, although maybe I’m fooling myself.

It looks cool, anyway.

And makes me want to experiment with altering more t-shirts.

Purple Monster Costume from Kids Drawing

Not too bad for a DIY monster costume, eh?

The only thing that I’m not so happy with is is the hood. It needs some tweaking. I was hoping the spikes would stand up and out, away from her face, but am not sure how to make them do that.

Any ideas?

Maia’s completely in love with the costume, though, so maybe I shouldn’t worry about it!

Purple Monster Costume from Kids Drawing

The pants have a fold-over yoga-style waistband, which worked out really well.

Now I’m just wondering what she’ll dress up as for her birthday party! A princess or a monster? Or maybe a costume change half way through?

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    [email protected]
    August 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Great costume. If she is in love with it, it is perfect! Remember you did it for her not foe you!

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    August 25, 2010 at 8:06 am

    That is adorable!! I like the hood and I wouldn’t change it unless she is complaining.

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    August 25, 2010 at 8:18 am

    That’s so cool!

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    August 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

    what a pretty monster! i need to learn to sew…

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    butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams
    August 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

    aww she looks so happy and it turned out soo cute :) I love it! you are such a talented mommy, wish i had half your talent :)
    LOVE IT!!!!

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    August 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! What a treasure for both of you. You make a great design team :)

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    Pure Mothers
    August 25, 2010 at 11:18 am

    The costume is awesome! I love the hood – especially from the back – looks like a cape with hood – very chic purple monster. No wonder she loves it!

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    August 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

    You have done an amazing job. If I were a child I would like the way the hood falls around the face. It’s mysterious and monsterly :)

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    August 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Very cute. My mom made me a flower costume with the petals at 180 degrees from my face when I was about that age – I think she sewed in a long thin channel in each petal and stuffed it with wire (maybe from a hanger?) so she could bend it up… sewing up the channel so it wouldn’t poke me of course.

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    Gypsy Forest
    August 25, 2010 at 11:29 am


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    The Orchard
    August 25, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    That is amazing! You did a fantastic job! I will not be showing this post to my girls because they will want me to make them one for sure! I am not a great sewer (yet). Maybe one day!

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    August 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Wow! I love the costume! And Maia looks super cute and super happy in that. And why not! After-all she’s designed it! You both make a great designer duo… :)
    Don’t fret about the spikes not standing away from her face…She looks so cute with those falling over her face and she looking through it with half closed eyes! Pls give her a hug from my side. God bless her…

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    August 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    What an awesome costume, and such a fun project since Maia got to help design it! I hope I can learn to sew like that someday (and also find the time to follow through with a project!)

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    August 25, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Super – just a wonderful translation of her drawing! I tend to alter sweat pants/shirts with my boys for their halloween costumes each year and have fun with it. Using Pellon is a great idea, I will definitely try that with the ones we have to do this fall. My 9 year old wants to be a dust bunny so I have some thinking on that one.

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    MaryAnn F. Kohl, art author
    August 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    You are something else, Mama.

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    August 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    of course she’s thrilled with it, it’s gorgeous! bravo super mommy! i vote for costume change halfway through. ;)

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    [email protected]'s Explore
    August 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I love that you used her drawing as the costume “pattern” – so awesome! She must adore it… :)

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    Jenna Z
    August 25, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    My suggestion is the same as an earlier poster but I suggest NOT using wire, use flexible aquarium tubing from the petstore. It is much safer! I’d sew it into a channel around the entire hood (framing the face) and then frame each point with it as well. OR you might be able to just get away with interfacing in the points.

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    August 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    It looks great! just like her picture, I am sure she loves it just as it is, I won’t be showing my son this post…it might give him ideas lol

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    August 25, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    no-don’t change it! i love the hood as is. not really a mask, but not really a hood…she can hide a little behind it which prob makes her feel all the more like a monster!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    August 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Jean, that is beyond fabulous. I think it turned out so very cool and adorable at the same time. She’ll certainly never forget this expression of your love.

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    August 25, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    You have officially just earned the title of Best.Mom.Ever. I will totally be stealing this idea, but I doubt I will be able to translate a drawing of my daughter’s to fabric as well as you. This is awesome!

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    August 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    PS She does look absolutely *thrilled* with her costume. And I love her stance in the first photo–so confident.

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    August 26, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    What a wonderful costume!
    Of course you should make a 2-piece princess costume so it can be interchanged with the top and bottom of the monster. That would be awesome.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Thanks for all the comments and suggestions! I think I’m going to keep the hood as is for now, and possibly tweak it later if it starts to bother Maia.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    August 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I love the idea of the flexible aquarium tubing, and will keep it in mind! Thanks!

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    August 27, 2010 at 6:25 am

    That’s a gorgeous costume, so pretty!

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    August 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

    What a wonderful costume and how great that your daughter was able to help!

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    August 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Splendid costume! I’m filled with admiration at your skill! (And at Maia’s design, of course.)

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    August 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    oh yay! I’m so glad you actually went through with it. It turned out just like the drawing and totally wearable! well done. I don’t know if I’m brave enough to ask my daughter to draw something yet!

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    January 30, 2011 at 1:05 am

    This is tremondously cool!!!!!!!!!!No doubt she likes it!

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    January 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

    oh! I wish I had that costume! It’s marvelous!

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    January 30, 2011 at 1:08 am

    The monster costume is a lot better than the princess costume!!!!!!!!!Don’t change it!

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    January 30, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Such a lovely costume! She looks great in that!

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