For the first time in the history of our family, we set a theme for our Hallowe’en costumes. The older boys wore costumes previously purchased that they were keen to wear again, (with the encouragement of their parents who could not believe they spent so much money on costumes.) With Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper already declared we gladly welcomed the Classic Star Wars theme.
Obviously I would be Leia. For all the virtues of the 1970s Star Wars it is a relic of the 1970s and women’s roles are slim pickings. I did choose the rebel fighter costume instead of the gold bikini. It’s a public service after all, that I not wear a gold bikini in public. I tried to talk my husband into Han Solo, so we could be Han and Leia. I’d have been content with anything but Luke, only because I wasn’t interested in seeing my husband as my brother thankyouverymuch. After looking at the costumes he settled on Obi-Wan. As for our littlest son we had many options. How to choose? We considered his virtues: he is small, sometimes bossy, and he speaks mostly incoherently. All we had to do was add fur and he was an Ewok.
The costume came together quite easily.
- brown base
- faux fur
- something to fasten the fur
- fabric for hood
- sewing machine, thread, needle, and scissors
- glue gun
- paper for pattern
- Begin with a comfortable base. I used the same brown knit jumpsuit I’ve used for several costumes now. While Ewoks are indeed furry creatures, faux fur is incredibly itchy. Unless you live up north and want to have a layer of something underneath, I do not recommend a fur costume. Now, if you live in the far north and need a costume over a snowsuit, then hopefully the snowsuit is something neutral enough. Consider the snowsuit your base layer and proceed to step 2.
- To make a fur bib begin by free-handing a pattern on a paper bag. Paper bags make great patterns because they’re sturdy enough to hold up to the wear and tear of chasing a two year old around. They’re also a good size. And they’re free.
- When you’re happy with your design, mark the pattern on the back side of the faux fur. Important note: make sure the direction of the fur is top to bottom. Side-lying fur would look funny.*
- You’re ready to cut the fur. Please note that when cutting faux fur you must use a blade on the back side. Never, ever cut with scissors. If you cut with scissors you’ll cut the fur and not just the backing and you will be very sad about the splotchy results. Think preschooler giving herself a haircut.*
- You’ll need to fasten the apron somehow. Last year for the porcupine cape I used snaps. I had velcro in mind for a back-up. This year I just used a safety pin. You do you.
- Now it’s time to make a hood. I followed the instructions here, which were very easy to follow. For the Ewok I chose a very soft polyester knit in burnt orange. I wanted something comfortable because headwear is tricky with little ones. It worked, as well as anything would, that is. Leather would have definitely looked more authentic, but it’s impractical with a toddler.
- With some of the leftover fur, fold two pieces to look like ears. Use a glue gun to secure the shape and to fasten to the hood. Toddlers make terrible models and you should try to avoid glue gun accidents, so find something stationary to hold the hood while the glue dries. (Unless you have oodles of time and a good show to watch; if that’s the case you can use your hands and sit still for at least a half an hour. Yes I know glue dries much faster than that, but your husband doesn’t.) Spiderman was very helpful to me.
- Add more fur! If time allows think of your fur remnants as gems to bedazzle your costume and glue them on wherever you think necessary. Or at least around the hem of the pant legs to hide the fact that the base is too short because you used the same darn thing for the same kid last year and he grew.
- Do a little happy dance because you are done! Little man thought the cape too warm at the park but everyone still recognized him as an Ewok.
Extra Mile: use some fur to make shoe coverings.
Extra Extra Mile: add leather and buttons to the hood.
*On the other hand, Ewoks do have a disheveled air about them. If you prefer side-lying, jagged fur then by all means please pay no attention to my suggestions. Go with my blessing you rebel, you. We are, after all, united in the rebel alliance.
Here we are. Happy Hallowe’en, friends, from Endor! I need your help for next year, however, because my oldest wants to be Syndrome from The Incredibles and I do not think I’m up for squeezing my 40-year old body into an Elastigirl costume.