Although Return of the Jedi is my favorite of the Star Wars movies (which just so happens to feature the Ewok species), growing up in the 80s, it was the made for T.V. movies about the Ewoks that I was really drawn to, specifically the star Ewok, Wicket, and his young human sidekick, Cindel. I can’t even imagine how many times I watched my VHS copies of Caravan of Courage and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. Now, 28 years after the Caravan of Courage debut, the Ewoks have found their way into my life again.
The seed for this costume idea was planted this past summer when I found the brown furry fabric remnant (shown above) at a yard sale. It was not a complete piece, but still had some good-sized sections remaining. The woman selling it said that her mom was a seamstress and that this fabric was most likely left overs from a coat lining. I couldn’t argue with the price either ($1).
I was still pregnant at the time but as soon as I layed eyes on it I knew I had to have that fabric. Jon was with me, and being the voice of reason that he is (he hates clutter) said to me, “What would you ever do with that?” After a beat or two I proclaimed, “I’ll make an Ewok Halloween costume for the baby!” And so, about 5 months later, here we are.
To be honest, when I first came up with the idea I had serious doubts that I’d be able to pull it off. It seemed a little too ambitious and out of my sewing capabilities. I didn’t even know where to start.
Eventually I decided that my first plan of action would be to deconstruct a pre-existing sleeper in Virginia’s size to come up with the pattern for my Ewok suit, made out of the before mentioned fur fabric. This is pretty self explanatory. Find a garment in the size and style you want, take it apart, and use the pieces as a pattern for the new garment that you want to make.
You’ll want to keep in mind that your “pattern” wont have any seem allowance, so just add that on when you cut it out. My original deconstructed sleeper was assembled with a serger. If you have one, great! Mine does’t work, so I utilized the zigzag stitch on my Plain Jane sewing machine and called it a day.
The only parts that I omitted completely from the design where the cuffs around the arms and neck. The neck area will be covered by her hood, and the sleeves could be covered by mittens. I was going to make mittens, but because of my daughters’ age (3 and a half months) and the fact that she would just be putting them in her mouth constantly, I skipped this detail.
Above was my first fitting after constructing the suit. You may notice that there is a fit issue around her left foot. Oops! I ended up removing that section, cutting out a new leg/foot piece and re-esembeling it. Then I realized that the new section that I just made was for the RIGHT foot! Oops again! eventually I got it all worked out so that she could have a decently fitting right AND left foot. Below is the completed Ewok suit.
Now all I had to do was make a hood. For this I found a medium-sized men’s shirt at a thrift store (shown at the top of this post) in the perfect mustard yellow to contrast with the brown fur. I wanted the neck opening of the shirt to become the face opening of the hood, so I cut off the sleeves and up the sides of the shirt as shown below.
Now all I had to do was shape it. In the back section of the hood I sewed in a small piece of elastic to help make the hood more snug. This is not how Wicket’s hood looks, though many other Ewoks sport this hood style. Though I did try the hood on Virginia periodically to see how it was fitting, I mainly used a small pie pumpkin to shape the hood. Not only did the pumpkin stay perfectly still, I could actually sew the hood while on a form. The hood was mostly hand sewn using brown embroidery floss so as to stand out and look very tribal, much like actual Ewoks look.
Overall, I’m really happy with how this costume turned out. Seeing that this is Virginia’s very first Halloween, I figured I’d go all out with making a sweet costume for her. She’s too young to go trick-or-treating, and we don’t have plans to attend any costume parties, but I still had to get in the spirit and make an outfit, if only to share with close family and all of you on the world wide web.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that if you have been inspired if you are planning on tackling your own Ewok costume. If you do I’d love to hear about in the comments here! As always, you can keep abreast of all things Zween by following me on Facebook and Pinterest. Happy crafting and happy Halloween!
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