This is a do-it-yourself Paw Patrol Halloween costume for adults: Everest. Instead of using a tulle skirt like some people have done, I opted for pants. #halloween #costumes
This is a do-it-yourself Paw Patrol Halloween costume for adults: Everest. Instead of using a tulle skirt like some people have done, I opted for pants. I have a variety of Paw Patrol Costumes on this blog so check them all out!I made myself this DIY Paw Patrol Halloween costume (adult size!) so I could be Everest to match with my son's DIY Ryder vest. The dog dressed up as Zuma. I'm so excited to actually have a costume to wear this year. I was working on it a bit last minute, despite my promise not to do so, because we took a vacation this month... and THEN of course, I ended up with food poisoning (or a bug?) on the day my kids were in preschool. This has knocked me out for a few days and I'm currently typing my post with an extremely sore back and a still slightly nauseous stomach. Because gosh darnit I *will* finish this by Halloween!
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- Teal/turquoise fleece fabric
- Yellow fleece fabric
- White fur fabric (note: this is exactly what I used on the hat, but not on the collar. I bought collar fabric at store, but ran out for hat so I ordered this)
- Old shirt- or a vest pattern (highly recommended) and liner.
- Snaps, a zipper, or buttons to close the front of the vest. I think a zipper would look sharp. Make sure you get the right size zipper.
- Pink fabric (tiny amount for the inside of the ears)
- Glue gun
Before I even get into making your pattern, this would be WAY easier if you had a great vest pattern to use. Mine came out all wonky because I made a mistake creating my pattern, but hey... I'm on a time line and this vest wasn't going to ever get finished if I redid it. I actually bought a pattern and it stunk so I didn't use it. If you have a pattern, you just need to get the colors right for your vest- and do the fur collar.
To create the pattern, I took a maternity shirt that I had thrown in my upcycling box. It still fit me (sigh) so I put it on my body form and cut right down the middle of my shirt. Now it's a vest, haha. Very informal way to do this. Once I did that, I traced my back for the pattern on paper... and I traced my front. Sooooo here's where I had an issue. I traced one of my front pieces and not the other- figuring I'd just cut two pieces of the one front. Yeaaaahhhh that was assuming I had cut perfectly down the center. Bahahahahaha. Trace both. Maybe your won't be wonky. Make sure to add your seam allowance to your patterns. I saved the shirt to use as my lining. Clever huh? It would've been more clever if I'd gotten the pattern right for the front of the vest!
Now you can cut out your fabric for the front and back of the vest. Teehee.. "Paw Patrol to the rescue!" --- they're holding down my pattern for me.
Make sure to add your pocket too. The top of the pocket has a yellow edge. I used yellow lace, but if you had yellow ribbon or such to do this, it might be even better.
Once I added my pocket, I took some yellow fleece, cut it into 2" wide strips, and folded it in half. I used it as the edge to my arm openings. I just folded it right over the opening and used a zig zag stitch to sew it on. I also added a yellow edge to the bottom of my jacket to finish it.
I sewed on my collar of fluffy goodness.
Then I added my snaps. I wish I'd had a zipper, but alas... idiot, I only had toddler jacket size zippers. Wish I'd planned that out better!
Everest Hat Tutorial
I debated whether I strictly needed a hat, but yes, of course I did. I took a hat that fit me and traced the top of it to get an idea of the size for my top circle. I added a seam allowance and cut out a turquoise cut of fabric. I cut out a strip of yellow fabric that could go all the way around the hat. Mine was about 5" x 25". I folded the yellow strip so it was right sides together, sewed the short end to create a circle. Then I was able to face the circle right sides together with the hat top. Sewed. Turns right sides out. I turned over the edge of my hat bottom, top stitched. I added the fur around the bottom of the hat.
Ugh, explaining the ears is hopefully going to be understandable. I cut a little rectangle of fur. Then I glued on some pink fabric. Then I realized it wasn't quite big enough so I ended up sewing together two sides of the two pieces of fur. That formed ONE ear. I made one more.
Once I made it, I stuffed fabric into my hat to make it easier to work with and put it on top of my dress form. Then I hot glued the ears just how I wanted them. Done.
Everest Pants TutorialI chose to trace some yoga pants I had to make my pattern. I'm not going to explain this process too much and I didn't take pictures (this is the portion I was working on the day after being ill). I created yoga pants before and I used the same process.
I used a periwinkle knit fabric that I found, and added a white knit for the bottom portion so my pants will match Everest's legs. I don't love how my pants came out but it's my fault for using a pair of yoga pants that weren't full length to create the pattern. Whoops. Also, my waist band is too big. I think this is because my fabric choice has a HUGE amount of stretch to it. It doesn't fall off so I'm keeping it as is for now, but I will likely remove the white fabric after Halloween is over and use these as regular yoga pants... in which case I will fix the waist so I don't embarrass myself!
The one thing I think would've helped was to sew the white fabric onto the periwinkle leg cuts BEFORE sewing the pants together. I sewed my white on after sewing the periwinkle portion of the pants closed. Mistake. I would've loved to top stitch the area the white and periwinkle combined. Alas.. hindsight is 20/20.
The color of your waist band doesn't matter because it will be under your vest. So whatever. I recommend making pants you'll want to wear another day because it's nice to have a portion of your costume be reusable for normal day wear.
I used eye liner to make my nose and freckles.
Final Family Photos: Paw Patrol Family Costumes
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