This year, I had plenty of notice that he wanted to go as Lief from Deltora Quest. He has been devouring the books, and just in the last few months has read all 3 series from start to finish. Quite an effort for a boy who isn't even 8 years old yet! Thankfully my husband had been borrowing the books from him and reading them too, so he was able to give me a pretty good idea of what we needed for the costume. The boys came home from a walk one day with seven giant gems to use in a belt, and we all went for a trip to Marrickville in search of some fabric for a cloak. We were after something dark, but not plain black, and when we came across this fabric we knew we'd found the perfect fabric. It's a black stretch fabric with sparkly threads all through it.
The belt starts with a wide strip of fabric. The gems stapled between two painted rounds of cardboard, stitched onto the belt with cooking twine. To put it on you just wrap it around twice, with the gems on the outside. Easy.
It fits me quite well too! The hood that is, the shoulders are a tad small for me!
I'm really keen now to make something else with a hood. I'm thinking a summer sleeveless top with a hood. Stay tuned to see how I go with that one!