I used the How To Gryffindor Costume pattern (never having made a piece of clothing before...EVER) and it turned out so well I thought I'd share.
How I Made it
I used the How To Gryffindor Costume instructions and they worked perfectly.
I used the black and red material listed in the instructions
I measured my son from wrist to wrist and from neck to ankle
This is a little misleading though...I have a very small son (he's wearing 3T and the material was barely long enough. If you were a full grown adult I think you'd need to sew more than one piece together.
I cut out his outline. This is harder than I envisioned because he's so small and wiggly
I then sewed the black material together and the red material together (as instructed)
I then placed the red material inside the black material as instructed and stitched them together at the neck, arms, mid-line, and bottom.
These instructions worked like a charm and were exceptionally easy to follow (I've NEVER even attempted a piece of clothing before and the only difficulty I had was getting the bottom hem straight)
I put in a zipper because I didn't want my small son to fight to keep the robe closed all night
I also cut the neck a little wider and tacked it back to give it a little more finished look.
He loved it, it fit like a charm, and it looked great.
I also sewed a Gryffindor patch to the left side of the robe but you could choose whatever you wanted.
There is no hood and I decided it wasn't worth my time to make one.
Tips and Tricks
- I put in a zipper to make sure it stayed closed
- I cut the neck a little larger than instructed, sewed the two materials together at the neck (the red and the black) and tacked them back so that some red showed on the collar when it zipped up
- I didn't hem each piece of material, I just sewed them together (at the neck, the collar, the bottom, the arms, etc.) so that the red wouldn't show underneath the black
- I purchased the DRESS ROBES patch (apparently there is more than one patch being sold) from ebay and sewed it by hand onto the left side of the robe
Rain Blanken, DIY Fashion Guide, says:Angela, it's easy to make a great costume when you're working with such an adorable little model! He looks great!
I'm glad you found the Gryffindor robes tutorial easy to use- even resizing it for your little guy. Are you sure you haven't sewn a costume before? I don't think anyone is going to believe you after seeing this! Wonderful work, and a cool Halloween memory for both of you. Gotta love homemade costumes!