I was having a hard time trying to decide what I wanted to make for Little Man this year. Last year's was just so darn cute, I didn't know if I could top it. This is probably going to be the last year that I get to pick what I want him to be, and I couldn't really settle on anything. I was considering everything from a tiny Link to the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. So finally, as I was browsing through the Pottery Barn selection of rediculously priced (rediculously cute) Halloween costumes and came across this. Super cute, right? $80, not so super cute.
Where the Wild Things are is Little Man's current favorite book. It was my favorite as a child as well. A quick google search can pull up images like this and this and this. Inspiration indeed!
I pulled out the trusty McCalls 6105 and got to work. I sewed the stipes using orange and yellow ultra cuddle fabric for Joanns. It's very messy stuff. It looks like I murdered a muppet in my sewing room.
The scales were cut out of felt. All 116 of them were then sewing in rows along a piece of scrap fabric for the legs. The face and teeth are made with felt, and the tail and hat are made with fake fur (also messy).
As it turns out, the costume was made with 192 pieces. Yikes! At least it only cost me $20 for all of the materials (I already owned the pattern from last year, which is a bonus).