I knew I wanted to make him some kind of costume for his birthday, which is in January. He has really gotten into a kids' book series called The A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy, and he is often collecting clues around the neigborhood or looking at a problem as a mystery that needs solving. So I thought he would enjoy a Sleuth costume, and boy has he loved it!
I found the cape pattern from Me Sew Crazy, and instead of making it from fleece, I made mine more like a sleeveless version of her rain poncho that she links to in the tutorial (outer fabric and a lining). With interior pockets added to the lining, for the sleuth to stash his magnifying glass, clue notebook, and secret decoder pen. I also gave the cape a velcro closure instead of a ribbon, so that I don't have to help him get dressed for detective work.
I then made the hat from this Martha Stewart tutorial. I was so excited to find plain baseball caps at the dollar store. Between that and the $1.50/yard grey twill I found for the cape (and the hand-me-down fabric I used for the lining from the hubby's grandma's stash of fabrics), this was a pretty darn affordable project! Actually, even the bias tape I used came from Grandma Dorothy, so my total cost (before accessories) was $5.00--$2 in hats, and $3 for the 2 yards of fabric I used. Maybe one and a half--I didn't actually measure. For the record, I opted not to make the Martha Stewart cape that went with the hat because I didn't feel like printing out the 27 pieces of computer paper and hoping against hope that I would get them all taped together correctly. Me Sew Crazy's tutorial was much simpler, but I think that maybe it would have been good do to a collar instead of the hood.
This "disguise" mask from the Dollar Tree has been a hit.
I got this magnifying glass on Amazon for $5. Mixed reviews, but I figured it would serve our purpose.
And I found a decoder pen and pad set at the Dollar Tree, and also a fingerprinting kit that we have yet to break out. Lucked out with the Dollar Tree finds, I must say. Total gift cost: $13.
Oh, and I almost forgot--I found this Clue Jr game at Goodwill, and it was the half-price color of the week, so I nabbed it for $1.50 (are you kidding me with this $178 on Amazon? What the heck!) It's definitely not in mint condition, but we don't mind! This was Little Sister's gift to The Boy as part of the theme.
--I have to make a note--we did not do any sort of photo session for this post; all of these photos just came from The Boy putting on his costume and playing Sherlock Holmes immediately after opening the gift. Yay!