It was official Tuesday night: I was totally procrastinating with regard to Son Two's Halloween costume. I had some time on Tuesday after the boys went to bed, and I answered emails while I considered what I should do (laundry, which also needs to get done, was not in the running). I finally decided that maybe one day I might revive the old Etsy shop, so I whipped out a trio of peg dolls to see what I could do.
I'm happy with how they turned out- but they are not on my must-do list! So Wednesday, I got to it.
My youngest still kicks the back of my seat and squeals when "Gaston" from the newest "Beauty and the Beast" comes on, and he must have heard it thirty times by now. He wants to listen, I swear! Watching the choreography mesmerizes him, and he smiles when LeFou tries awkwardly to spell Gaston's name. I still get to pick out his Halloween costume (yay!), and if I can teach him to clog for candy in this look, we'll win Halloween for sure.
Looking across the internet for inspiration runs the gamut from a goofy costume t-shirt with pectorals included:
To this beautiful creation by Yaffie, with a leather quiver and gloves:
But I settled on something akin to this pin uploaded by the maker - a simple red t-shirt with accents. The little fellow is two, and I want this to be comfortable.
I picked up scrap yellow fabric and a black kid's belt from SmArt, and I worked out some simple triangles on a graph. My red shirt is a find from the Dollar Tree, just the right tunic size at one size larger than Son Two usually wears. It's got some small dark staining at the shoulders, but doesn't Gaston hunt? He's outdoorsy, so it's fine.
I cut the triangles with my shears and the graph paper template then pinned them to the sides of the collar. I used a back stitch to affix them to the shirt.
For the belt, my model was asleep, so I roughly gauged where the belt should lie and put thin embroidery thread belt loops around the front. I had to add a hole to the belt using a seam ripper, and I may have to make it a bit smaller still. The front is simple but recognizable, and he has room to grow if he wants to wear it around after October.
One part of the Gaston look, one that I feel is essential, is his fabulous hair. My youngest needs a haircut, but he's nowhere near being able to sport a ponytail. For this element, my love of hoarding yarn came in handy, and I found a black yarn flecked with grey that worked nicely to create a lightweight hairpiece.
I wound the hair several times around my elbow and back to my hand. You can always trim if it's too long, but going too short would waste a lot of yarn.
I secured it with the same color yarn in several places to mimic the look sported by the cartoon, then I trimmed the bottom while leaving the top looped. It was easy to sew the top of the piece to the neckline seam with the loops still in place. I used a messy running stitch until it felt secure.
And the shirt is complete! I may still have time to make a quiver, and I have to figure out the boots, but Son Two will look fun and festive by adding black pants. He's already used to fawning adoration - add big brother's Zing Air bow, and he'll be the spitting image of Gaston.