Halloween Extravaganza Day One: Super Heroes

Up first we are taking a look at some Super Heroes - total AWESOME dude!

That's right, we have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their trusty reporter April O'Neil along with Super Man - sadly Lois Lane was not available for photos at this time ;o)

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"...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, turtles in a half shell, turtle power..."

I bet all you 80s babies are singing along with me! My son is Raphael and my daughter is April O'Neil, could it get any better? The hubbs and I had fun with these costumes this year. My plan, as always, is to get the most use out of whatever I make. I don't like spending a fortune on a piece that will only be worn once or buying a cheap costume from the store and it tear after one use. So I start a project with the thought that my kids can wear it over and over again. The Raphael 'costume' is wearable as a sweatsuit for the winter and the April O'Neil 'trench coat' can be worn throughout the year as a staple piece in my daughter's wardrobe.

Patterns used:
-Pine Lake Pullover (Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop), for the Raphael top.
-Material: fleece for main piece and jersey knit for cuffs.
-Taylor's Pajama Pants (Create Kids Couture), for the Raphael bottoms.
-Material: fleece.
-Pippa (Izzy & Ivy Designs), for the April O'Neil trench coat.
-Material: Linen Look by Joanns (color: Wood Honey). I found the buckle piece at Hobby Lobby.

Raphael Costume modifications/props:
-Took away the pocket (Pine Lake Pullover).
-Appliqued the breast plate to the front of the sweater before starting the pattern. It's easier to add applique without having to maneuver around already sewn in arms, etc (Pine Lake Pullover).
-Good ole Wal-Mart has the daggers 2/$0.98! I just added a little strip of red jersey knit for color.
-Felt mask and backpack were bought together.
-Red jersey knit material cut in strips for knee patches, just tied on.

April O'neil modifications/props:
-I wanted it to look more like a trench coat instead of a pea coat, so I added a back flap as well as side front flaps.
-Shortened bodice by 2" and lengthened the skirt 4" so that it was a little bit of a higher rise.
-Added belt loops, fold like biased tape to size, and a belt.
-Mic was constructed from a PS3 Move controller, black fabric sewn with elastic casing for top with added silver paint stripes, and a paper box folded with tutorial from Pinterest.
-Reporter costume not complete without the press pass! Added photo to a printable and laminated.


I am pretty sure that when Jodi of Jocole Patterns designed her Classic Knit Tee, Basic Knit Leggings, and Basic Brief Bottoms she had no idea that she was ALSO designing an awesome Superman costume! (yep…my son is wearing girls leggings and underwear patterns, but don’t tell him because he is three and hates anything for girls!)  I am Crystal, from Stitched by Crystal, and I am so excited to share with you how I used those three easy to sew patterns by Jocole to create this Superman costume for my son!
This whole costume is made of lycra (think swimsuit fabric) that I picked up a JoAnn Fabrics.  It will be comfortable for Halloween night and the shirt can also double as a rash guard for the pool or beach!
Let’s start with the leggings!  I sewed these up in a size down because I wanted them snug to go under his super briefs.  I also used THIS alteration from the Jocoleblog to change the elastic waistband to a yoga style waist so it would be a little more comfortable under all those layers.
For the briefs, I sized up so they would fit nicely over his leggings.  In hindsight, I wish I had gone up 2 sizes for him.  Then I modified the pattern just a bit to have leg bands and a waistband (similar to the yoga waist for the leggings) and some belt loops.  I found some yellow upholstery vinyl at JoAnn’s that made the perfect Superman belt! I cut simple strip of vinyl, added snaps in the back to close it and sewed a decorative oval on the front to complete his belt.
On the Classic Knit Tee, I sized down 2 sizes for a snugger fit.  After I cut out my fabric, but before sewing up my shirt, I added a Superman “S” appliqué to the front. 
The appliqué is really easy and can be made on your basic sewing machine, all you need is some iron on knit interfacing and some more lycra fabric.  It is important that you get the knit interfacing so it will stretch with the shirt.  Check out the tutorial below to learn how to make your own Superman “S”!
  1. Draw the “S” on the glue side of the interfacing.  You can sketch one out or print one and put it behind the interfacing and trace it.
  2. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of some yellow lycra
  3. Then place some red lycra on top of the yellow, I used a basting spray you can find in the quilting section of your fabric store to keep the fabric in place.
  4. With red thread in your sewing machine, sew around the “S” you drew on the interfacing.
  5. Carefully separate trim the red lycra away from the background, leaving just the yellow showing behind the “S”.
  6. Trim around the diamond shape.
  7. Pin the “S” in place on the shirt front and sew around the edge to keep it in place.
  8. Sew up your shirt according to the pattern instructions.
Finally, I added a cape and some boots.  My cape is simply a rectangle of lycra that is gathered at the top and I picked up those red rain boots at Kmart.  Now Superman is ready for the never-ending battle for truth and justice…or for a night of trick-or-treating.