My daughter is organising a party for four year olds with an Under-the-Sea theme. Her son had decided he wanted to be an Octopus. I had already felt a bit unsure about this, but Esme had suggested we stuff four pairs of grey tights.
I was pondering what sort of size of tights would work, and if I might use buttons for suckers when this email and photograph arrived.
I would like to make this outfit, can you help please? I think its an adorned bib over matching colour clothing. How much fabric and what type will I need? Does it have wire in the tentacles?
Suddenly my “dressing up outfit” concept was looking a bit lame. This was lamé! Silver, shiny, blingy. I thought back to Demented Fairy’s ten posts about making a steam punk outfit. I suffered some mental paralysis. I couldn’t even answer the question – how much fabric do I need? The next day Esme told me she had bought 2 metres of this, from John Lewis. I hope this will do.
And some silver leggings. And some stuffing. Last night she cut out and stitched the tentacles, giving me half a yard to make the yoke.
Once you look at the picture it is not so very complicated. There are around 8 tentacles, stuffed, attached to a yoke-bib which is also padded, and arranged (rather than wired, I think) so they don’t drag along the pavement. Then there is a mask or hat. In my first notion I had a hood in mind.
Let’s see how we get on.