Halloween bat costume
Nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana-nana Bat Girl
Wooooo-ooooo Halloween is here, and this year Evies really getting into it.
I was all ready to go and get her a witches outfit from a nearby supermarket (they make these things so reasonably priced it’s hard not to), however once again under gentle questioning Evie stated she’d like to be a bat.
Now it’s times of the year like this when being a dad that sews can actually be pretty cool. Yet again I love the fact that Evie will have something that’s just for her (ok and maybe for Max in about 3 years). And dressing up is one of her favorite past times.
What did I use
- 1 x Black T-shirt
- ½ metre of stretchy black fabric (I used some body stocking I had at £4/metre)
- 12” black felt
- 8” of 1” wide black elastic
How did I do it
For the bat wings:
1. Measure wingspan of bat girl.
2. Mark and cutout a rectangle of the body stocking fabric.
3. Cut out a semi-circle (I find the easiest way of getting symmetry is to fold a rectangle in half, then in to a triangle, and cut out what looks like a ¼ of the curve on the raw edge)
4. Pin along the desired line for the wings to drape from.
5. From here I lay the semi-circle upwards from the t-shirt and using a very thin allowance along the sleeve I stitch close to the edge up from the wrists to the armholes.
6. For ease of movement I intentionally choose not to connect the wing across the shoulders, however I do give a little inch of stitch on the neckline just to keep the line in check.
7. I fold the wing in half and using a paper template I cut out some semi-circles along the outer edge.
For the mask:
1. Firstly I fold over the felt to double layer it and give it some structure.
2. I mark out the general desired shape.
3. Then I cut out a gap for the nose and the eye holes.
4. I straight stitch and then follow along with a zigzag on the edges.
5. To finish I just measure around bat girls head, then attach the elastic to either side of the mask.