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Video:How to Make a Toddler's Elvis Costume

with Zoya Popova

Elvis costumes can be a lot of fun for adults and kids alike, but they can be difficult to find in toddler sizes. The easiest way around that is to make your own. Here are instructions for making a toddler Elvis costume.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Toddler's Elvis Costume

Hi, I'm Zoya Popova for About.com, and today we're going to make a toddler Elvis costume.

Elvis Costume Materials

We'll be recreating one of Elvis's most recognizable looks, the white jumpsuit, and here are the things you're going to need for this project:

  • White dress shirt in your toddler's size
  • About 1/2 yard of matching white cotton
  • Your toddler's straight leg pants
  • About 1/4 yard of red satina
  • Fabric marker or a pencil
  • Fabric pins
  • Scissors
  • Velcro tape
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Dimensional fabric paint
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Hand-sewing kit or no-stitch hem

Use White Dress Shirt

Elvis's jumpsuit had a very prominent V-neck, we're going to imitate that look by using a basic white dress shirt. To give this shirt some Elvis flare, take a strip of red satin, fold it in half, and stitch together to make a scarf. Secure the scarf onto the shirt's neckline. For an emphasized collar, spray it with some fabric stiffener, cover with a piece of cotton, and press with a hot iron.

Create Pants for Elvis Costume

For the bottom of your jumpsuit, you will need matching white pants, but because white flared pants may not be easy to come by, I'll show you how to make them from scratch. Find about ½ a yard of white fabric to match your dress shirt. Fold it in two, right sides facing inwards. Fold your child's pants in two, pin them onto the fabric, and make an outline with a fabric marker or a pencil. Make adjustments to the outline to flare out and add some length to the leg. Leave about 1 inch on all sides and cut. Repeat the same steps on a second piece of folded fabric.On both pairs of your workpieces, stitch along the crotch seams. Next, unfold the workpieces, place them on top of each other wrong sides facing out, and stitch along the inseam. Next up are the side seams. Stitch from the top to about knee-height.

Add Insets to Elvis Costume Pants

Leave the bottoms of the side seams open to add red satin insets. Your insets should be shaped like segments of a circle whose radius corresponds to the size of the side seam opening. Align the insets with the seam openings and stitch together. Add hems to the bottoms of the legs, and you're almost done. Before folding out your pants, make small incisions on the side seams where the leg flares out.

Finish Pants and Decorate Elvis Costume

Our pants will have a wide fabric waist band sewn onto them at hip level, so the top of the pant can be simply cut off. Take a measurement of your child's hips and cut a wide strip of your white fabric to size. Fold it in half with right sides facing outward, pin down, and stitch onto the top of the pants. Because the length of the waist band is based on your child's exact measurements, you may need to gather the fabric a little bit. Finish off the sides of the waist band with velcro tape. You can also fit the waist band by adding darts to the sides of it. Before decorating your jumpsuit, take a moment to iron it. For decoration, use iridescent red, blue, and gold dimensional paint. Be sure to use a certified non-toxic brand. Unlike glued-on gems and sequins, dimensional paint doesn't present a choking hazard while giving the costume flare and sparkle.

Thank you for watching, and for more kids costumes ideas, please visit us on the web at About.com.

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