Whether you want to create a homemade gorilla costume as a Halloween costume for your little one, a Halloween block party or even for a promotional "you'll go ape over our prices" purpose, the process can be creativity enjoyable and relatively easy to achieve. Here are a few ideas that adapt to fit your specific needs.
Decide the type of costume you will need in terms of complexity. For instance, you can create a very basic costume without a great deal of effort if its merely to play dress-up for a young child. On the other hand, if you need a costume that looks professionally made, it will take much more effort in designing and sewing your costume.
If you will be in need of a more authentic-looking costume, locating a pattern you can work from will prove invaluable. If you prefer, you can also create a pattern. If you go this route, take proper measurements to allow for space to move about. A gorilla costume should not be tight-fitting. Next, create a lining using your pattern as your guide.
Choosing your Materials
Buy all needed materials at a craft store, fabric shop or a local retailer. Create a list of items that fit your project's requirements. For example, a child's costume to wear around the house could be made by buying a pajama set and then sewing fur over it. Do the same with a pair of socks and an old pair of gloves or mittens. For the head, sew the fur and a nose, as well as any other facial features, onto a ski mask.
Though it is best to use a sewing machine, you can also hand-sew your costume. This is especially true for a more simple costume. If you need a costume more life-like for your office Halloween party, for instance, you will more than likely need to use a sewing machine to create a more custom fit.
Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.