Our 6 year old decided that he wanted to be a "big pair of pants" this year for Halloween so we said we would try and this is what we came up with. We used material that we had in the house and bought some chicken wire to give the pants some shape. We even decided to add a poem in the pocket which is one of the assignments from their school.
Chicken wire Cloth material. Glue Material for trim String for shoulder straps Paper for poem in the pocket.
1) Measure chicken wire so it covers from hot child's waist to just slightly over their head.
2) Shape the chicken wire around the child so that it forms a cage around them. This Should be spacious enough for the child to move around and still be proportional to a pair of pants.
3) Measure and cut the material length to the desired height to include the height of the child and 5-6 inches.
4) Wrap the material around the chicken wire and begin to attach it to the wire to the material with glue and wire attachments or small safety pins.
5) Wrap material over the top of the chicken wire so that material does not fall down.
6) Cut the bottom material to form the leg holes. Cut down the center of the material and stop a few inches below the chicken wire.
7) Sew each pant leg together leaving plenty of room for the child to move around and still be proportional with the upper part of the pants
8) Cut out material to form the back pockets
9) Sew or glue pockets onto the pants
10) Cut trip material to make outline of front pocket curve and to highlight the back pockets and create a zipper
11) Glue trim in place.
12) Lift child up and place them in the upper part of the pants and have them insert legs into leg holes
13) Determine the location of the shoulder height of the child and ties string or extra material to the chicken wire to be used as a shoulder support (Think of the old sandwich board advertisements)
14) Determine the location of the eye holes and cut holes in the material and in the chicken wire if needed.
15) Write a poem on a piece of paper and fold it so it sticks out of the pocket.
16) Be prepared for numerous compliments and have fun.
Our 6 year old was able to handle this costume and had no trouble seeing out of the eye holes. It was comfortable and light weight and he was able to sit don in it as needed. He did need assistance going up and down stairs. It was the hit of his school costume parade and parents were impressed with its creativity and simplicity.
His mother held the candy bag but there was enough space inside the pants for a bag which makes it fun to put candy right into the pants. He did report that he received extra candy quite often based on people liking the costume so much.
Here are two more photos showing the inside straps and eye holes and wire attachments: