I started out my costume sewing with fabric and plans to make one small black ninja, a mummy, and some odds and ends to add to my oldest’s mad scientist costume he’d already put together. But when I finished the ninja, his brothers immediately started telling me how next year they were going to be ninjas from Ninjago and it would be the best Halloween ever. I already had the off-white knit for the mummy, and it was just a quick trip to the store for some red. So I offered to make them this year. They didn’t even have to think about it. By the next day, we had become a house of ninjas. Judging by the fact I have washed these costumes at least four times in the past week, I’d say the change of plans was a good one.
All the costumes are made out of the cheapest knit JoAnn carries. Using coupons and shopping the sales, each of these cost less than $5. So we splurged for some fun accessories, too. I just mocked up my own patterns for everything. The hood was the trickiest, as I wanted something that would easily go on and come off, but still look ninja-masky. Also, the older two didn’t want something that would cover most of their faces the whole time. So our solution was a wide-faced balaclava with snaps that allowed the long neck to be wrapped up and around when the actual mask was needed.
For the trim on the bottom of the legs, I just took strips of the non-fraying knit and criss-crossed across the open pant pieces, pinning in place before sewing to the open pieces. When the time came to make the legs, I just made sure to line up the opposite ends of the “wrappings” so that it looked like one continuous piece as the strips were sewn into the seams. And so for Halloween 2011 I give you…
Kai Zane and Cole!