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September 26, 2010 9:28 AM   Subscribe

I need an idea for a costume I can make out of a gray zip front hoodie.

I have already made my costume - I am going to be an octopus. We purchased a hoodie for my guy, but cannot settle of what we should use it to make.

We were originally going to make a Narwhal. Then it was totally an Elephant. We also tossed around the idea of a Shark.

I sew, but with a (busy) month ahead, I don't want anything too complicated.

The other caveat is that the face needs to not be covered, and (if at ALL possible) the hood isn't the main part of the design. The costume needs to be as bike friendly as possible.

I did check the archives, but this is ridiculously specific. Sorry.

Thanks all!
posted by bibliogrrl to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The Unabomber?
posted by cmgonzalez at 9:36 AM on September 26, 2010

Best answer:

I made three of these last Halloween - pretty easy. The hardest part is taking apart the umbrellas. (Lots of cursing and fighting with pliers.) I like the narwhal idea, though.
posted by artychoke at 9:42 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Pet rock!

Stuff the front and back of the hoodie with crumpled newspaper (make sure the bottom is tight or belted shut) and wear grey pants. Paint or glue or stick 2 giant googly eyes to the front. If you feel it's a little obscure, you can print out those block letters (do a Google Image search) and put them on the back. If you have a little extra money you can bid for one on ebay and use the box for the candy bucket type thing.
posted by Night_owl at 9:43 AM on September 26, 2010

How about Sharktopus? Octopus costume, but with more stuff, like some felt shark teeth on the hood. And spikes. You gotta have spikes.
posted by asperity at 9:51 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Or, since it's a gray hoodie and all, Yogurt Commercial Woman.
posted by asperity at 9:53 AM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

Justin Bieber.
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 9:57 AM on September 26, 2010

A hunter from Left 4 Dead?
posted by FakePalindrome at 9:57 AM on September 26, 2010

Okay, I recognize this is your boyfriend and not some cute kid, but I think seahorse!

Or you could go with the natural enemies of the octopus: Eels (you will go much lighter with your grey hoodie), sharks (something like this one, but without the cards) and dolphins (seems like you could modify this idea).
posted by misha at 9:59 AM on September 26, 2010

Response by poster: Dang. I sometimes forget how fast you all work.

Artychoke has it. Bat it is! And since gray bats actually exist, I won't even need to get a different color hoodie.

Now to procure a gray umbrella!
posted by bibliogrrl at 10:04 AM on September 26, 2010

Or you could go with your original idea and take it one step further: narwhal attack! (scroll down a bit)
posted by misha at 10:09 AM on September 26, 2010

Oops. That's what lack of preview gets me.
posted by misha at 10:09 AM on September 26, 2010

Best answer: Yay! Here is what I learned making mine: the trick to getting the umbrellas apart is to untwist the little circles of wire that string through the spines around the stem. It took me a LONG time to figure that out. Also, if you take a bit of the wire that you've pulled off and use it to tie the spokes together (I put the wire through the little holes at the end of the spokes) and then tack that bit to the armpit, it holds together a lot better. Email me if you have trouble!
posted by artychoke at 10:10 AM on September 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

Hey, he could also be a hoodie shark. I'd add multiple rows of teeth (white and pink felt) and maybe some gills (curved parallel lines of black tape) to the sides of the hood for an even better effect.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:21 AM on September 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

A dinosaur?
posted by w0mbat at 4:41 PM on September 26, 2010

A bat.

This is how I made my bat costume last year. I glued 2 googly eyes to the hood, which I wore up. I made 2 ears out of pipe cleaners and black cloth. I used safety pins to attach cloth from my back to my arms for wings. I cut that cloth in a vague bat shape.
posted by oreofuchi at 8:45 PM on September 26, 2010

I made a bird last year.
posted by mikepop at 7:16 AM on September 27, 2010

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