Thursday, October 1, 2015

Harry Potter Costume

Our whole family has fallen in love with the Harry Potter series.  The books are something that we have enjoyed together as a family.  And after each book, we all (except our littlest of course) gather around the TV with bowls of popcorn and watch the movie.  As a family, we compare what was left out in the movie, and discuss how we pictured the scene or the character while reading as compared to how it was portrayed in the movie.  It has been a fun family activity- our immersion in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  So it was no surprised, that my son wanted to be Harry Potter for Halloween.

The costume is relatively easy to pull together.  Some elements of the costume were bought or found.  The Gryfindor patch  (Harry Potter School Crest - Set of 5 Patches)
for the robe, the Gryffindor tie (100% Silk Woven Burgundy and Gold Double Stripe Tie ), and the HP glasses (Rubies Harry Potter Eyeglasses Costume Accessory ), were bought here on Amazon (affiliate link).  The black pants and the white button up shirt were found in my son’s closet. I was not impressed with the cheaply made but still expensive robe found at the costume store, so I set out to make Hogwarts robe and a Gryffindor scarf.

When I found the extra wide (108”) black cotton at Joann’s and the burgundy satin found at Hobby Lobby, it was pretty easy to put together.

The basic guidelines are:
Front Guidelines
Back Guidelines
Optional Pockets

Sewing the robe together was not complicated.  If you are not using the extra wide fabric, then you will want to sew your front and back pieces together at the shoulder/top of sleeve and repeat with the lining.

Before sewing the lining to the robe, I top stitched the optional pockets to the lining.  I would highly recommend including the pockets, because it was my son's favorite part of the costume.  Secret pockets!  For Sawyer's robe, the wand pocket was made to house the handmade wand my husband crafted.  He made one for Sawyer and Sydney, each are special and unique.

With right sides together, I sewed the lining to the robe material long the front, neck and bottom, leaving the sleeves open.  Once turned right side out, I turned the both lining and robe material in ½ inch at bottom of the sleeves and top stitched matching tread color to material color.

Lastly, I hand stitched the Gryffindor patch on to the robe to complete the look.

Using soft mustard and burgundy fleece, the scarf came together in a breeze.   I bought 1/4 yard of each color, but it made 2 scarves.  Cut your fleece into  2 1/2" by 4 1/2" rectangles and sew them together, overlapping instead of matching right sides together.   This works well because fleece does not fray. I used coordinating thread- burgundy for the top thread and mustard for the bobbin. Sew as many rectangles together until you reach the desired length.  We chose to make the scarf extra-long because that is how they wear them in the movie.

Because the costume was relatively easy, I created a couple of props from templates I found on Pinterest.  If you have not checked it out, there are a ton of Harry Potter projects on Pinterest. Check out my Harry Potter Mania board or my Harry Potter Costume Props post to get you started.

I would love to know your favorite HP craft, costume, or event!  Please leave me a comment.


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  1. Fantastic!!! I can't believe how giant he is. The costume is amazing. Great job, Stacey!!!!

    1. Thank you Megan! It was really fun.