This gift idea is a lot like the Nightmare Before Christmas.
It is in the sense that it is kind of a mash-up of Halloween and Christmas. As soon as I finished my son's Halloween costume, I realized that this costume was going to outlast the Trick or Treating candy. He wanted to wear it ALL the time, which didn't always coincide with my plans.
Dress-up clothes are fun gifts for kids, and as I perused the aisles of clearance Halloween costumes in the past week or so, I saw several that would make fun gifts.
This firefighter dress up cost me only a few dollars and a couple hours to put together. To make the jacket, I started with some black cotton I had in my scrap stash. I used one of my sons t-shirts as a guide to make a loose pattern, and sewed the shoulders, sleeves, and side seams, leaving the cuffs, collar, and hem unfinished.
|Apparently, this is a firefighter face.|
I used yellow duct tape to finish off the edges of the jacket and form the collar. Adding the duct tape gave my flimsy cotton fabric more substance and helped the jacket maintain its shape. It also saved me some stitching and added the look of reflective strips used on firefighter uniforms. Finally, I added velcro closures and a felt patch.
I made over a cheap, plastic firefighter hat (you can get one for free at Firehouse Subs!) by adding a felt number to cover the original logo.
And what is every firefighter's most important accessory?
An adorable dalmatian, of course! :)