How to Make an Owlette Costume

How to Make an Owlette Costume

Would you like to make a delightfully simple and fun Owlette costume for your child's Halloween costume, or just for play?  Gabrielle from the blog "Life in Our Busy Household" is kindly sharing how she constructed it using the Twig + Tale Traveller Cape as a base, so you can make one for a little fan of your own!

Homemade Halloween Costumes are a bit of a tradition in our house and this year was the first time my youngest had a request. He wanted to be Owlette, and after looking at pictures I worked out to go with a bodysuit, I needed to make a mask, a hood and wings. 

I had the idea to use the Twig + Tale Traveller Cape to make the hood and wings so they could also be a stand alone dress up item for him. I combined this with a wee felt mask drafted from a picture of Owlette and in these photos he is wearing a wee vintage velvet jumpsuit.

The following tutorial uses the Traveller Cape pattern as a base to make these wings. As the detail on these wings is on the inside, I used only the back piece of the pattern with a little hack to the front piece to fasten it and then attached the hood as per the pattern instructions.

I used felt to make the cape and a soft fabric to line the hood and little fastener.

Step 1
Mark a line 6cm down from the neckline on the front pattern piece and cut out.

Trim the seam allowances off the shoulder end of this small piece, turn it over and then tape to the neck edge of the back piece. Of course you can always trace these pieces if you don't want to cut up your pattern.



Step 2
Place this pattern piece on the fold of your felt and cut out.

 



Step 3
Now you are going to cut the wing shapes. I drafted the wings onto the paper pattern than cut the bottom shapes out of the red felt. Then cut 2 layers from pink felt and lay them on top of each other. Having these layers makes the wings stiff enough they sit nicely.




I used a decorative stitch to sew them all together.

Step 4

Make the hood as per the Traveller Cape pattern.

Step 5

Cut the top of the back neck piece along the same line as the wee front piece you added, and then use this to cut a lining piece. Place the back piece to the fold of your fabric, and then attach the hood the same way as the pattern instructions.

 

Step 6
Turn the bottom of this wee lining piece under, and then stitch to cover the join between the hood and cape along the neckline.  Attach a dome or button.

 

You could attach wee bits of elastic to the end of the wings to go round the wrists, but I found they sat out really well without then, and they blew out a little when he ran.

Whizz up a wee mask in the same felt colours...


..and your little Owlette is now ready to fly!

Gabrielle is a vintage loving, op shop crazy, fabric hoarding, mother of 5 gorgeous small people - trying to live a somewhat green existence in the middle of the city while finding new adventures to go on.  You can find Gabrielle at her blog Life In Our Busy Household.



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