My daughter wanted to be Hello Kitty this year, and so she was. The costume is of felt for the most part. The arms (felt) were cut and sewn into an extra larger shirt to make it one piece that she could wear as a shirt. On the inside of the hands/mittens, there is a slit so she could take her hands in and out.
The jumper is also made of felt with adjustable straps. The bottom of the jumper was basted to make it look fuller and so that the length could be adjusted if need be. The legs/pants are made of felt with an elastic waist. I made them long so they would fit over her boots like feet.
I drew Hello Kitty's face onto thin cardboard (template) and traced it onto the felt (2 pieces). After sewing the edges of the head and stuffing it with poly fill, it was too heavy for her to wear. I cut out another Hello Kitty piece of cardboard and stapled the two together as a frame. I slid that into the felt head and used styrofoam blocks and light weight paper to expand the head instead.
The eyes and nose are made out of sticky felt. The inside of the nose is a flexible screen so she could see. The head is attached with 2 velcro straps (1 on each side) that wrapped around her arms to hold it in place. The Hello Kitty costume took about 10 hours to make and I ended up using approx. 4 yards of felt. Everything was sewn inside out so that the seems wouldn't be seen. This was actually a lot of fun and all the kids loved her.
My 3-year old wanted to be a million things this year… but the one that I thought would be awesome to do was Hello Kitty. She was EXCITED to see the finished product!
HEAD: I made this out of paper Mache, I got a balloon blew it up, and squished it with some tape to get the oval effect. I placed about a good 3-4 layer, once I was done with the head, I did the ears. I used tape, and pipe cleaners to get the shape, and stuck it on with some strips of paper Mache.
I placed fabric over the head, and used sheer fabric for the eyes and nose so my daughter could see through it. For the whiskers I used pipe cleaner. Her bow was also made with hot pink glitter foam paper.
OUTFIT: I bought a turtle neck, some white leggings, white gloves and a pink tutu. I made her pink dress because I couldn’t find a dress or a shirt that fit the pink we were looking for. I looked every where for some cute furry boots, and no dice. So we had to settle with her Wal-Mart Hello Kitty shoes.
Everything cost no more than $20-25.00. Super cute, and we get to use her head as a bedroom decoration, or mom may be Hello Kitty next year!