DIY “No David” Costume Tutorial

No David costume tutorial
Hi there everyone! I’m Terra and I blog over at mama says sew. This year for Halloween, all my children are dressing up as book characters. David from the No David! books by David Shannon was perfect for my little guy. David reminds me of him a little, which is probably why I love these books so much. I don’t know if I would have liked them as a child {I was more the teacher’s pet type}, but having a little lovable guy like David has changed my opinion.
This is the outfit David wears. He’s got red skinny jeans and a blue and white striped shirt. I was telling my husband we could use the jeans for regular clothes after Halloween and his response was “But they’re red.”
David
This was not to hard to whip up. I used some red jeans that I picked up at a thrift store for 50 cents and resized them to fit my little man. Then I used freezer paper to add blue stripes to a white t-shirt.
David 2
We went out to take pictures, but this little guy wouldn’t sit still for long. Just like David.
David 3

 

Here’s how I made it.
First, I used a pair of my son’s pants to cut out the legs. I left the outside seam intact. I also left plenty of room at the top. I also used the original hem at the bottom.
I cut out the original pockets and sewed them back on.
Then I sewed up the inside seam on both legs {remember the outside seam was already sewn}.
Turn one pant leg right side out and insert it into the other pant leg.
Sew the crotch seam. I like to use a double row of stitching in this area.
I zig zag stitched all the way around the top of the waist band. Then I folded it over and stitched close to the edge in the back to make a
casing.
I inserted some elastic through the back and stitched the elastic in place on both ends.
I sewed a faux fly which is really hard to see since it’s red on red.
Then I pulled off the original belt loops with a seam ripper and reattached them.
I started with a white t-shirt and cut three inch strips of freezer paper, then ironed them on the shirt.
Then I painted away. This used way more paint than I was expecting. I used almost a whole bottle of acrylic paint. The paint will seep through, so make sure to have something in the middle of the shirt to keep paint from seeping through to the other side.
Then pull off the freezer paper. I let the paint dry overnight, then ran it through the wash to soften the paint up. A word of caution: the shirt left blue residue all over the inside of my washing machine. It wiped off easily, but if you’re nervous, you might want to hand wash it.
Then I just added a brown belt to complete the outfit. Now if only I can convince my husband to put him in those skinny jeans after Halloween….
David 4
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Comments

  1. Granny Lane Sewing says

    Awesome! They just read those books in my niece’s preschool class and they made an impression… she came home from school and said, “Aunt Laura, David is naughty… really naughty!”

  2. giraffe costume says

    I actually thought that this was a Waldo costume. Good one though, it looks cute! A simple one that really works for this upcoming Halloween celebration. THanks for the ideas!