Have you ever wondered how to make a rain cloud costume? Cherie from You & Mie is here with a tutorial so you can make your own little rain cloud. Look how cute her cloud is! Don't forget to check out all the other costumes in the Handmade Costume Series.
Hello!! I'm Cherie from you & mie and I looooooooove handmade costumes! So when Andrea was looking for people to share a costume tutorial, I could not resist! Over the last several years I've made quite a few costumes including a Totoro costume for my daughter (it was a big hit!) and several others you can see here, including Russell from the movie, Up. But I'm a total procrastinator and also super indecisive, so I haven't even started figuring out what my daughter, Yuki, will be for Halloween this year. So in the meantime, I thought I'd whip up a simple costume using only materials I already had a home.
The Rain Cloud costume!
My daughter was feeling under the weather (hah!), so we only snapped a few (mostly unhappy) pictures. But the costume is pretty simple and very comfy. So let's get started. Here's what you'll need.
For the pants:
- Pants or leggings in a "sky" color (blue, gray, white)
- Fabric paint
- Contact paper (or freezer paper)
For the cloud:
- White fabric (cotton, fleece, a white sheet, anything will do! I used fleece and gauze because that is what I had at home)
- Ribbon (for the shoulder straps)
The part of this project that took the longest was waiting for the fabric paint to dry on the pants, so I would start there. Make rain drop stencils and stick them to your pants. Use fabric paint to fill in your stencils (be sure to read and follow all the directions on the paint that you use). I made 3 shades of blue and used two for each rain drop for a kinda gradient/ombre look.
I painted the pants in 3 stages – first the front of the pants, then when that was pretty dry, I removed the contact paper stencil and flipped it over and painted the back. Then I split the pant legs open and painted a few more drops down the outside of the legs.
First, use a shirt to draw out a cloud pattern. You'll want the sides of the cloud to extend past the edges of the shirt (we'll connect them later), but the pattern shouldn't go past the shoulder to restrict arm movement. Add seam allowance.
Cut 2 pieces of ribbon for the straps. Lay the inner fabric right side up, then the ribbons right side up.
Thanks for having me, Andrea! I'm loving all the handmade inspiration in this series and feel lucky to have been a part of it!