GHOST-COSTUME OUTDOOR DECORATION
To make ghostly creatures for your Halloween outdoor decorations this season follow the directions below.
|The word costume is used to describe the different body types for this Ghost-Costume and the other outdoor decorations.This ghost is constructed using the basic-pattern-1 and adding the facial features desired.|
Fabric for the Ghost-Costume is usually white or off white. Suggested fabric would be a cotton polyester mix usually about $1.50 to 2.95 per yard. Double knit fabric is also good but make sure you can see light through it or it will not illuminate.
A piece of 8 to 10 gauge wire to fit the bottom and top of the costume, approximately 30 to 34 inches.
Five feet 1 inch PVC pipe
One 3” toilet flange, one 3” to 1 ½ inch bushing and one 1 ½ to 1 inch bushing. All plumbing connections.
One male adapter, one female adapter, one “T” and three end caps all for the 1 inch PVC
One box 100 count outside mini lights.
Four metal tent stakes and four metal garden stakes.
FABRIC for the Ghost-Costume
Fabric comes in standard sizes…usually 45 inch width or 60 inch widths…some more some less but most 45 or 60.
For a 5 foot costume using the measurements in the basic-pattern-1 you will need 4 yards of fabric 45 inches wide
you will nee d 3 yards of fabric 54 inches or greater
These Ghost-Costumes can have round bottoms or tails and look like they are hovering off the ground. They can have friendly faces or scary faces, your choice. Beginners craftMake the basic-pattern-1 and add the following to create the face,and head portion.
NOW MAKE THE HEAD for the Ghost-Costume
The edge of the triangle that will attach to the body need to be 26” around to be long enough to attached to the body.Draw a 13 inch line. Divide the line in half. Starting at the center of the line, draw a straight line 12 inches long forming a “T”. Then draw a line from the end of the 12 inches to meet one side of the 13”. Draw the other side to meet the other side of the 13”. You have a triangle.
TIME TO MAKE A DECISION:
Do you want a pointed head or do you want a round head that is flopped over a bit. My ghosts have heads that are flopped over. This flopped out type of hat is used for the witches, and Santa.
A pointed head is just a triangle and flopped over point is two triangles. If you wanted a pointed head skip down to TABS
MAKING IT FLOP: used for witches,Santa and ghosts
Without marking your seam allowances on the above triangle, at the point of the head measure about 5 inch down and place a point then at the point draw at about a 45 degree angle outward and downward about 4 inches out, then another line back in to meet the dot. Round the points and connection to the head. See illustrations. Draw all your seam allowances as outline on the pointed head.
TABS for the Ghost-Costume
On the pattern paper, draw a 2 inch by 5 inch rectangle and cut out 4 pieces of body fabric. These will be your tabs to secure the costume to the ground.
Place all body and hat pieces on the selected fabric and cut out.
THE FACE for the Ghost-Costume
Everything is done except the face. The Ghost-Costume face is very easy. Cut black features out for the eyes, nose and mouth.
My Ghost-Costumes have round eyes, nose and mouth. Pick the facial expression you like from the illustrations or make up your own and draw them on paper. Then cut out your patterns in the colors or fabric you have chosen.
From the top of one of the body pieces divide the body piece in half and place a pin about 6 inches down from the top. The fold the top raw edge down to meet the pin, this is the dent of the face. Place the eyes just above center the nose in the middle and the mouth centered under that. Sew with a close zig sag stitch around each piece. Or if you want you can glue each in place or use paper back fusible interfacing. It is important not to let the fabric you have chosen fray too much. Zig zag around twice if you feel the fabric has frayed away from the sewing or if the fabric is a loose weave type. REMEMBER; these will be outside in the wind and rain. Nothing destroys your work faster than a bad wind storm if you have not secured every nook and cranny down well.
ASSEMBLE THE BODY for the Ghost-Costume
Now assemble the body by sewing the two side pieces onto the face body piece and then the back piece onto the two side pieces. Use a serger to finish the edges or zig zag all raw edges together. If necessary, zig zag the edges twice. Remember the wind. The seams must be very secure.
Turn bottom of this body up ½ inch and press with iron. Then turn the edge up 1 inch again and press and sew. Leave about 3 inches open (don’t sew) in the middle of the back piece. This makes a pocket for the wire that will hold the form of your body.
Fold the long ends of your tabs to meet at the middle and press, then fold in half and press. Sew together.
Fold each tab in half and place on the inside or wrong side of costume at each seam just above the pocket or hem stitching.. Sew on top of the pocket or hem stitching and sew securely in place. I sew across this 3 to four times to make sure it will stay. These will take a lot of abuse outside, so if you want your costume to last, make it secure.
Head for the Ghost-Costume
The head was made in two pieces and if you have a “flopped head” then the “flopped tip” needs to be place on the side of the ghost or the back of the ghost. Take care not to sew the “flopped” point is pointing to the front of the ghost.
Divide the head into four equal parts.
Taking care to place the head on the costume correctly, (illustrations show this), pin the four equal parts of the body and the four equal parts of the head together, fit and then sew on the one inch seam line.
Sew with a zig zag or serge the edges of this 1 inch seam leaving about 3 inches open in the back for the wire. It does not hurt to zig zag twice. Usually serging can be done once.
Put wire into one side of the pocket in the top of the witch, hat area. Move it through the pocket until it pops out the other side. Overlap the wire about 2 inches. Tape the entire 2 inch section the duct tape making sure to cover the ends of the wire securely with the tape. I use a white tape color.
Insert a wire in the bottom of the witch the same as above.
All this is left is the
CREATING A CEMETERY SCREEN for your Halloween screen. Video instructions are available on this page to show you how to make and assemble this Halloween scene.
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