Well, I've got my work cut out for me! A few days ago, I told Ben we should start thinking about his Halloween costume, and he told me he wanted to be a lizard. Here's how the conversation went:
Me: Do you know what kind of lizard you want to be? What color?
Ben: I want to be a rainbow lizard, it's got all kinds of colors. And it eats salmon berries, not bugs. And it can see in the dark. And it has claws that look like metal so that bugs don't eat him.
Me: Oookay. Sounds good. Do you know what you want it to look like?
Ben: Yeah. I'll draw you my dee-zign.
(In Ben-talk, "design" is 2 words.)
So this past weekend, we sat down together and Ben drew me his dee-zign from which I then drew some sketches. While I was sketching, he asked his dad for a printout of a lizard he could color to show me the order of the colors in the tail. What can I say, the kid has vision. (He's a little bossy too. I wonder where he gets that, ahem.)
The lizard is mostly blue and his belly has multiple colors that create a rainbow circle. The back and tail are all scales. His head is lavender. "Not purple, Mommy. Lavender." As I was sketching, Ben decided the lizard needed spikes on his shoulders and tail. And wings!
I nixed the wings because, come on, lizards don't fly. But we're adding some spikes. It's going to be an armored lizard.
Yesterday, with our dee-zign in mind, we headed to Joanns to pick up some materials for the costume. Their eco-felt was on sale for $2.99 a yard! Ben picked out his colors and I now have a pile of felt to cut into.
I am not sure about the pattern yet. I need to do a bit more research, but I haven't yet found a lizard pattern. I may have to adapt a dinosaur or dragon pattern. I am thinking of doing just a shell with attached tail that will go over leggings and a long-sleeve shirt. And then of course, I'll have to make gloves and shoe covers with claws that look like metal, and a lavender hood.
It's going to be hideous. I mean, super badass.
What are your kids going to be this Halloween? Are you making or buying the costumes? Do you have a good lizard pattern to share? I'd love to hear all about it!