Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Scrap t-shirt to cut up for pattern
- Fabric scissors
- 5 yards of any green cotton blend fabric
- Sewing pins
- Four different shades of green cotton blend fabrics, 2 yards each
- Sewing needle, size 14
- 6 yards of cotton sewing thread
- 8-1/2-by-11-inch sheet of white paper
- 4 yards of iridescent plastic wrapping paper
- 4 yards of iridescent sewing thread
- Green tights
- Green tank-top or t-shirt
Unlike a store-bought costume or the mimicked attire of the popular figure of the moment, a classic, homemade costume is guaranteed to set the wearer apart from any crowd. The cricket costume is timeless and is appropriate for every age and gender, from toddlers to teenagers to adult men and women. With a vast array of fabric colors and designs from which to choose, personalizing this cartoon-like cricket costume is limited only by the sewer’s creativity.
Create the Abdomen Pattern
Put on the t-shirt. Use a fabric pen to mark where the t-shirt hits the belly button in the center front of the shirt. Remove the t-shirt.
Find the dot that marks the location of the belly button. Place the fabric pen on the dot and move right to draw a curved line upward to meet the side seam. Repeat on the left-hand side so you have drawn an upside down half-moon shape from the belly-button line.
Cut the excess fabric below the half-moon shape. Set extra fabric aside. Cut the sleeves from the t-shirt.
Lay extra fabric out flat. Find the center of the fabric, which should also be the lowest point of the half-moon shape. Hold measuring tape at the top of this point and measure 3 inches down. Mark the spot with a dot.
Draw a curved line upward to meet the side seam from the center point. Repeat on the left-hand side so you have again drawn a half-moon shape. The distance between the upper and lower lines should measure 3 inches throughout. Cut the excess fabric from the bottom, curved line.
Transfer and Sew Abdomen Pattern
Fold the 4-yard section of fabric in half so that the wrong sides face out. Arrange the pattern so that the shoulder section rests on the fold. Pin the pattern to the fabric with small sewing pins. Cut the pattern from the fabric, but be careful not to cut the shoulder folds. Remove the pattern from the fabric and open it up. The cut fabric should look like a smock.
Fold one of the 2-yard sections of fabric in half so that the wrong sides face out. Pin the excess half-moon pattern to the fabric. Cut out the half-moon shape. Remove the pattern and repeat on the three remaining sets of fabric.
Fold the main smock inside-out again so that the wrong sides face outward. Arrange the excess fabric moons, wrong-side-out, to the bottom of the smock. Pin it to hold in place. Repeat the step on the opposite side.
Thread the sewing needle with 4 yards of thread. Start at one side of the smock and straight stitch the abdomen pieces together on both sides.
Place the fabric pen at the top of the first additional abdomen piece. Draw a curved line downward until reaching the bottom. Repeat on the right side so that lines slim the abdomen and come to a point at the bottom. Cut off the extra fabric and turn the smock inside-out.
Draw an outline of a wing on the white sheet of paper. Fold the iridescent wrapping paper over itself four times. Pin the paper to the wrapping paper and cut out the pattern. Repeat to create the second wing.
Thread the sewing needle with iridescent thread. Straight-stitch around the edges of the paper wing to join all four layers. Repeat on the second wing.
Pin both iridescent wings to the back of the abdomen smock with sewing pins. Sew a straight-stitch six times back and forth to ensure the wings stay secured to the abdomen body.
Wear the abdomen body and wings over green tights and a green t-tank top or t-shirt to complete the costume.
Use a t-shirt one size larger than normal to ensure enough excess fabric below the bellybutton.
Purchase antenna head-wear for added effect.
- "Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes"; Angela Wilkes; 2006
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