And here we are with the Chandelure costume – number 3 of 3… Now everyone has a costume for Halloween, and just in time, too!
How to Make a Chandelure Costume
What you will need:
- 2 sheets of blue felt (60cm x 70cm) – like the ones from Daiso
- yellow and black felt for the eyes, lantern markings, and gloves
- purple disposable craft fabric – like the stuff they use to wrap flowers bouquets
- a dark coloured lycra swimming cap – found this in Daiso
- fabric chalk
- quilt batting (polyester fiber filling)
- coloured thread
- elastic band
Chandelure Costume Vest
Cut out 9 strips of black felt 1 cm x 70 cm.
Lay them out onto the front piece of blue felt as shown below. You will have to cut one strip to make the horizontal line and the short vertical lines. Pin them into place and stitch them to the blue felt by hand or by sewing machine.
Next, you will need two yellow and two black felt circles for the eyes. You can decide how large you want to make the yellow circles. The black circles are 2 cm in diameter larger than the yellow circles. This is so that it can form a 1 cm border around the yellow circle. Place the black and yellow circles like this:
Stitch the yellow circles in place – either by hand or by using a sewing machine. Using another three strips of black felt, stitch them down in three black vertical lines on the back piece of blue felt.
The Chandelure Collar
You will need to cut out two black felt collars that look like Kermit the Frog’s neck piece. Stitch them to the neckline of the Chandelure collar as shown below. There should be a matching collar for the back.
Sew the shoulder and side seams of the vest, leaving a 20 cm gap for the arm holes and the neck hole. Fold up a 1.5 cm hem and stitch it down. The hem should be wide enough for you to thread the elastic band through it.
Sew a piece of stretched elastic to the shoulder seams to make it bunch up. You can see how we did it on the Gastly Costume instructions. Turn the vest inside-out and stitch the last two strips of black felt along the side seams of the vest. You will have to hand stitch these.
You will also need to cut a vertical line partway down the center of the back of the vest so your child’s head can fit into the vest (we also did this on the Gastly Costume).
The Chandelure Costume Gloves
You will need to cut out four black felt circles that are large enough to encircle your child’s hand. Cut out a W-shaped wedge (see image above). Cut a triangular-shaped piece of purple fabric for the candle flames and stitch it to the W-shaped section of the glove (as shown in the image above).
Stitch the two pieces of the gloves together along the circumference and the W-edge. Leave a gap on the opposite side to the W-edge that is large enough for your child’s hand to fit through. Repeat this process for the second glove.
The Chandelure Costume Headpiece
Cut out two purple pieces of felt – flame-shaped. Sew them together along the wavy lines of the flames and leave an opening at the bottom (see image above). Turn it inside-out and hand sew one edge of the opening to the swimming cap. Stuff the flame with quilt batting. Seal the flame by stitching down the other edge to the swimming cap. Your final headpiece should look like this:
Put it all together on a model and the finished Chandelure costume should look like this:
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