Tuesday, November 15, 2011

An Incredible Halloween!

We had a fantastic Halloween this year. We were The Incredibles and The Omnidroid 10,000 Robot.

I usually start thinking about what we're going to be for Halloween the day after Halloween of the previous year. I had been wanting to do the Incredibles for quite a while, but we had a problem. We have two girls, not just one. So I started asking the girls who would like to be another character from the movie? I suggested one of them be Mirage or "E". I happen to think being Edna Mode would be hilarious! Neither of them were thrilled and so I suggested they could both be Violet. My oldest piped up, "How about the Robot?" I knew instantly it was going to be a FANTASTIC costume... and cheap! Which was good because I was on a pretty strict budget this year. I started searching for Homemade Incredibles Halloween Costumes and came up with some pretty great ideas and used some of my own as well.

To begin I hit up my favorite local thrift store Red, White and Blue. I needed red leggings, black underwear, red long sleeve shirts and black boots for each of us. I knew I wanted my costume to cover up a bit more than that so I was looking for shorts or a skirt. I hit the jackpot with a black swimsuit skirt. My daughter saw that I had a skirt and she wanted one as well, so I figured why not? I found a dance skirt for her. A few red shirts and some leggings later we were set.

 Next we needed some symbols. I had read about someone using felt and I thought it was a great idea! I found a free printable logo here. I did have to sign up to be able to print. I then cut it out, but it came out a lot smaller than I wanted. So I resized it and cut it bigger. I used Tacky Glue to fuse the pieces together, but I wasn't thrilled with how it turned out so I ended up sewing it together and it turned out fantastic!

Here it is small.

I think it turned out much better in the larger size!

I know you can't tell from the picture, but the outer edge of color is actually an orange/gold color. The i in the center is a much brighter yellow. 

I don't have a big fancy camera, so this is the best I could do. ;)

I knew I wanted our red workout shirts to be usable once we were done with Halloween so I bought this double sided fashion tape to stick on our logos and it worked fantastic! I used it to stick my shirt to my skirt so it wouldn't have a gap and so it would look like all one piece. I also used it to stick on my belt and Violet's, as well as her black ribbon collar. 

I didn't have time to sew her a collar like I did for Dash. I found an old red pajama shirt for him and I wasn't planning on taking the logo off so I could do whatever I wanted to it. I took off the original collar and used it as a pattern to sew on a new black one. It was a good thing my mom explained how to do it or I'd have wasted a little time. I found a picture diagram here for you. 

The other problem I ran into with Dash was boots. I just couldn't find any decent black boy boots that were in my budget and not just covers. But, I had an idea to cut a pair of black socks to be shoe covers. I got the idea from another person that used black shoes and just pulled up their socks. I took it a step further and put the sock over the shoe so it looked like a boot. I used an old pair of my friend's husband's black gold toe socks. I put the sock on over his shoe and figured out where to cut the tip. I turned it inside out and sewed it at a slightly rounded angle and voila! In order to make them a little less slippery I added some lines of hot glue across the bottom.  It turned out great! If I hadn't been finishing up the day of our party I'd have made them a little nicer so I could have kept them. We used them for our ward Trunk or Treat and then on Halloween. By the time it was all over he had a hole in the bottom of his socks. But, in a pinch they were perfect!

I also had to sew some black shorts for his costume. I just wasn't satisfied with anything I had found. I used my daughter's volleyball shorts as a guide. They were a little too big for my pattern size so I used a pair of ratty old leggings. Since I'm doing this tutorial after the fact I can't find the leggings, so you'll just have to imagine them. ;)
Please excuse the chocolate smears. I knew if I didn't just take a picture of them now I'd never get around to finishing this tutorial.

If I were to sew them over again I would make them a little longer. 

Here is the comparison with my daughter's shorts. See... way too big for a template. But I was able to use them to figure out the easiest way to sew them.

The fist line is where I cut my pattern, but if I were to do it over again I'd have made them a little longer. That was it! 

I think it turned out great! 

Now for Jack Jack.

I just used a pair of fuzzy bugs (foot pajamas) and used fabric paint to paint the bottom of his feet, sleeves and collar. Then taped on the logo. His was a piece of cake! 

Bob Parr and Elastagirl. 

My husband was not exactly comfortable wearing tights and a speedo, :) so he went as Bob Parr. He looks pretty Incredible to me.

This is me trying to look stretchy.

That's it for The Incredibles. Stay tuned for instructions on making The Robot. 


  1. Great tutorial! I'm sure you've had about 50 million people ask you how you made your costumes this year! I love that Blake is bustin' a move in that last shot. Hilarious.

  2. I LOOOOOVE these costumes!!!! So creative!!