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Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY: Knight in Shining Armor Halloween Costume

 DIY: Knight in Shining Armor Halloween Costume
This costume is simple and can be assembled in no time.
Full disclosure: We have chainmaille armor.  My husband made it when my oldest, now fifteen, was a baby.  It has come in so useful for costumes, show and tell, weight training and cosplay.


Okay, so let's go through the costume.
 I got this 3X shirt at the dollar store.
This tee will become the tunic.  It's perfect for my 8 year old, the neckline is large and it's long (like a dress--but don't tell my son).
 I cut about 4 inches off each side, including the sleeves.
Now you can just leave it like a poncho and belt it...or sew the edges.
I sewed it.  Leave a big hole for the arms, and an open slit at the base...it just needs about an 18 inch seam in the middle of both sides.
 Next I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and cut a dragon out of freezer paper.
Freezer paper facing with the shiny side to the cutting mat.
More details on this process here
 Then iron it on the shirt.
 Then I had my son stencil paint the dragon in gold.
This is the perfect way to help your child feel involved in costume making.  Find the things they are able to do and let them.
 Let it dry and then peel off the freezer paper.
Now the tunic is ready to put over some chainmaille and tie off with a belt.
We used the leather bracers we made last year.
Paired with a wooden shield and sword, it's perfection!
And of course, your sturdiest flip flops!
He wore this to a mid summer renaissance fair and was the hit of the crowds.
If you don't have chainmaille, use light gray clothing to mimic the shiny metal.
Or buy some shiny silver fabric and sew a coif yourself!
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