Jared & Jacob didn’t want any “usual” costumes this year.Â They wanted to dress up as their favorite video game characters, Shadow and Tails (from Sonic the Hedge Hog game series).
When I first mentioned to the boys that I was going to make their costumes, they sort of rolled their eyes (but I think they knew better than to say anything).Â I know Jared had a few reservations about how that would turn out.
Sew…keeping my Grams as my ultimate costume making inspiration…I made do with materials on hand and came up with these costumes.Â I think Grams would have been very proud of what I came up with.Â Gosh, I *miss* her so much!
Sew…how did I do it?Â I studied the game box covers and images I found online.Â Then I free hand sketched the masks.Â I enlarged and transferred on to cardboard and painted the masks using whatever we had on hand, including Tempera paints, markers & Tsukineko Inks.
Here are a few pics:
We just used shirts and sweats as the base for the body of the costume. White batting “bibs” were attached where appropriate.Â Jared’s (Shadow’s) head and back spikes were made using some old furry felt I had on hand.Â I free hand cut, stitched & stuffed them.Â The red trimming is red painters tape.
The boys were thrilled with how the costumes turned out and that was the BEST part for me.Â In case you are not familiar with these characters, you can see some “official” character costumes on this page:
http://www.sonicgear.org/FanEvents/Japan%20Events/CostumeCharacters.html – Shadow is the black hedgehog and Tails is the yellow fox.