Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Handmade infant Staypuft Marshmallow man costume

 We all recognize that guy right? From the Ghostbusters movie??

This one was a doozy for sure! I had a friend ask me if I'd be able to make this for her almost 6 mouth old son and it seemed simple enough so I agreed. However it nearly kicked my butt! But I do love a good sewing challenge so I was very proud of myself that I got through it and didn't have to back out of it because I couldn't figure it out, (which I was thisclose to doing.)

Now she didn't give me any mandatory criteria to include, but there were some things I wanted it to have since I was the mother of a 6 month old once and remember that stage vividly--mainly the frequent diaper changes. First, it needed to be easy on and off and ideally 2 pieces so that diaper changes wouldn't be a hassle, and secondly I needed it to already be stuffed so that she didn't have to put him in it and then stuff it. (I could imagine a 6 month old not tolerating being poked and prodded as mom and dad shoved itchy stuffing inside his costume to get it "just so" and then repeating the process with each on/off for changes Gah! Could you imagine?! She'd get it and be like "um, totally not worth it, but thanks anyways. Right??) Thinking how to do these 2 things proved to be the most difficult part of the whole process. Once I could picture in my mind's eye how to make this happen, the sewing came pretty easy.

The idea is very similar to the Popeye arm's I discussed in my previous post where you cut out 2 of the same pieces and stick inside the other and stuff it. The legs/arm assembly and attachment were very similar to the lycan costume I made last year. It will be too hard to describe all the steps without doing a full on tutorial so click on the links back to those posts to see what I mean if you're at all curious. This is what it looked like on the inside:
From the neck opening, looking in...

from the waist opening looking in...
The bottoms I made just like a pair of pants with an elastic waistband and only stuffed the leg pieces, not the top part. I didn't worry about making that area stuffed because as you can see in the picture above, the poufy elasticized bottom sat on top and covered that area.

Let me just say that I want a costume like this in my size, wait, strike that-- make it jammies to sleep in, because with the stuffing inside, it was so soft and cuddly in there! I'd be asleep in 1.2 seconds if I slept in something like this. Waking up in a pool of sweat would be totally worth it to me ;) 

The hat is just a chef's hat that you can find a tutorial for all over the internet. To make it flat on top though, I cut out a round piece of cardboard and stuck it on the inside. Then just made a little red tassel thingy, glued down a fabric covered button on top and voila! All done.

So over all, I was able to make it 2 pieces, it goes on and comes off fairly easy (the bulk is a little tricky to maneuver around, trying to find baby arms/hands and whatnot but crying stops within 30 minutes, max. Just kidding! Neither baby cried when I tried it on them! Lol) and it's pre-stuffed. I love it! I hope my friend loves it as much as I do.

The handsome little model is my brand new nephew Liam. Isn't he just the munchiest?! Muuuah!
And that's all she wrote folks. Over and out.

-Linds

p.s Tomorrow is Mike the knight.




9 comments:

Stephanie Hayden said...

would you be willing to make another one of these? I am willing to pay. I would love to make one for my 6 month old son but I can't even sew a button. Thanks, Stephanie

Nichole Smith said...

I am also interested in purchasing if you could make one for my 3 month old.

Linds said...

Thanks ladies! I'm so glad you like it and I've inspired you. Unfortunately I'm d with my second baby any day now so I'm not taking on any new projects. Have you checked esty? They may have something you could purchase...

Jennifer childress said...

I tried to find a costume like this for my son over two years ago and could not so if you decide to make another I would be very interested thanks.

Kerri B said...

Any chance you'd be up for making one of these for a 12-month old? I need it for this Halloween. You did an AMAZING job; I LOVE it!!

Pretty pleeeeeeeeease? :o)

Kelli Stringer said...

I'm also interested in this costume if you're still making! Love it!

Cara Arnold said...

Will you please make my 5 months old son, Eli Todd this for Halloween! :) Let me know how much! I see you have a son named Eli! My email is caraleigh0@hotmail.com <<that is the number 0 behind caraleigh

Unknown said...

Do you remember what the measurements were for this costume? You did a wonderful job!

Christina said...

So cool. So the arms are attached to the top? It looks like you used fleece with a jersey lining?
Did you draft a pattern for this? I just need something basic to start with pattern wise. Ideas?