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Child/Toddler Cowl

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I have a three-year-old who loves Batman. He wears a "Bat Utility Belt" to school/day care almost every day. It's actually just a nylon web belt, but he loves it. We're thinking about having him be Batman for Halloween. The hardest part of the costume will be the cowl. Does anyone have any thoughts? The cowl doesn't necessarily need to have a shell, it could just be a fabric "stunt cowl". I have Chuck's patterns, so I know what the pieces are all supposed to look like and how they go together. Obviously they are too large. Any thoughts on scaling them down?

I'm open to any and all recommendations. This doesn't need to be authentic, just in the spirit of the character (though authenticity is always better).

Mike
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floatinjoe wrote:I have a three-year-old who loves Batman. He wears a "Bat Utility Belt" to school/day care almost every day. It's actually just a nylon web belt, but he loves it. We're thinking about having him be Batman for Halloween. The hardest part of the costume will be the cowl. Does anyone have any thoughts? The cowl doesn't necessarily need to have a shell, it could just be a fabric "stunt cowl". I have Chuck's patterns, so I know what the pieces are all supposed to look like and how they go together. Obviously they are too large. Any thoughts on scaling them down?

I'm open to any and all recommendations. This doesn't need to be authentic, just in the spirit of the character (though authenticity is always better).

Mike
Have you thought about Chuck and Lynne's "Baby Cowl" pattern?
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Re: Child/Toddler Cowl

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Ben,
I've wanted that for awhile, but unfortunately, I didn't discover it until after his head was too big for the pattern.

Mike
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Re: Child/Toddler Cowl

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This is my son's costume a few years back I made.
I sorta used chuck and lynn pattern for my son's cowl. Made some changes and I used poster board for the shell, which is really just a face piece
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Yeah, I would just "eyeball" the cowl pattern pieces to approximate your childs head size and sew it up.

At that scale a shell isn't really necessary and if you want to tighten it up , do what Todd did and use a face mask.

Man I love that shot Todd! Also the laughing/happy baby shot taken at the same time.
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Thx Chuck... ;-)
Here's a couple other pics
Here's a side view of his cowl after I put in his face shell

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That's the one!!! Makes me smile every time!!!
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Chuck Williams wrote:That's the one!!! Makes me smile every time!!!
Me too Chuck the photo is in our entry way, I smile every time I look at it :D
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That's a great job so far on the little guy's suit. He is going to remember being Batman for years to come.
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Absolutely amazing! I don't dare show these pictures to Jack because he wouldn't stop bugging me about it until he is in full costume.
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Finally got around to doing some work on this. I previously scaled the pattern down for Jack's head. This week, I cut the pieces, and started sewing it together. I attached the cowl sides to the cowl center. Didn't get any further than that. We tried it on Jack's head, and it was way too small. Good learning experience for how it is put together, but I'll be starting over this week. Might try doing gloves as a change of pace.
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Best. Dad. Ever.

And the Father of the Year Award goes to...
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Thought I'd post a couple of "in progress" pics. This is my second attempt. As noted above, my first version didn't even fit on his head. The cowl sides have been attached to the cowl center. The ears have been made and attached. At this point, I need to figure out if I'm going to put some sort of shell inside of it (probably just fuse in some interfacing to give it some shape). I also need to attach the neck closures and banana, along with paint and cut out the eyes.

Thank you to Chuck for all of his assistance offline. Your advice is always appreciated and valued.

Of course, I will post pics once it is finally finished, but here it is for now. Not sure why they are sideways, but if you click on them, they are oriented correctly.

Mike
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Looking great Mike!! Happy to help my friend!
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That looks awesome so far. He is going to be so excited when it is finished. And yes, Chuck is absolutely a class act (as if you guys didn't already know that)..lol
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