Gone are the days of cute, innocent Halloween costumes for Jonas, apparently. His request this year: Cool Chainsaw Guy.
Earlier in the month, we went to a local amusement park, that was already geared up for Halloween. There were spook alleys and scary decor all over. And there were these weird characters dressed in coveralls, butcher aprons and metallic masks, weilding chainsaws. Jonas thought they were The Coolest Things Ever® . He kept running up to them to shake their hands and give them high fives all over the park. I finally got a picture of my six year old with one using my cell phone. I forgot to turn on the flash, and when I realized it, the guy was already off to scare some other park patrons. But you get the idea.
After that night, there was no convincing Jonas to be anything else. And so I made him into Cool Chainsaw Guy! minus the wig, though, because he decided he hates the way wigs feel. We’ll probably do something fun with his hair for actual Halloween. And then there’s the chainsaw. I told him I would make him the costume, but he was NOT going to get to carry around a real chainsaw. He was disappointed, but understood. I put my husband in charge of cardboard-chainsaw duty while I made the costume. Instead, he pulled out this small chainsaw from our garage and handed it over to the kid! He did remove the power source, and the blades are covered.
For the coveralls, I started with the Jumpin’ In coverall pattern from Ottobre 6/2010 (#13). The pattern is for stretch velour, but I used a stretch poplin and it worked great. I changed the collar and the pockets. And I screwed up somehow on the waistband, totally making one side wider than the other. Whatever, I got the lower edges of it lined up, at least. I also didn’t make the collar long enough, or get it centered. Again, whatever. It’s a costume.
The mask is from Jo-Ann Stores. It’s paper mache, and was in with their Halloween decor, not costume supplies. But it looked too cool and creepy to not use, so we risked it. Jonas spray painted it a shiny silver, and I stitched some elastic at the sides to keep it on his face. It did tear, due to some rough-housing by the wearer, at the top. But we both agree that just makes it look even creepier.
The chainsaw guys at the amusement park all had their character names on the back of their coveralls. Jonas wanted to use the same name as the character he had his picture taken with. How he even remembered/noticed the guy’s name, I do not know. But he did. And now Jonas is Bones, Jr.
I free-handed the lettering with chalk, then went over it in puffy paint. I went back in with glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint. It really does glow, so that’s cool.
And to go along with his name, I used this fun skeleton cotton from Jo-Ann Stores in the pockets, and to cover the collar seam and the waistband seams on the inside. (forgot to get pictures of those)
The apron was just self drafted. It’s the same faux leather I used on the Headless Horsman costume on the Jet Pack bag. It’s so easy to work with, and looks so real. I love this stuff! I added pockets along the width of the apron, because why not. And then we squirted wine-colored puff pain on for gore.
Add a pair of $1 black knit gloves, and we have a Cool Chainsaw Guy! And a pretty stoked six year old.