I am loving the vintage circus stuff these days, hence dressing my son as a circus strong man for his first halloween. I grew up with all homemade halloween costumes, my mom was never one for commercial costumes and I think it is a lovely tradition and a way to stay unique.
For this costume you need some striped stretch knit fabric, dumbells (tute to follow), a mustache, and some chest hair- I used eyeliner.
For his leotard I used an old shirt I had that I didn't wear anymore. I cut it into a one shouldered leotard leaving one of the remaining side seams. Stitched up the other side to fit around him and stitched accross the top of the shoulder strap. Finally I cut a slit where the crotch would be to make legs and stitched that up. To be honest all I did was cut out the fabric, my mom did all the sewing. I could have done it though, ok?
It would have been great to do this tutorial before halloween so people could use it, but keep it in mind for next year, or use it for a birthday party. Huck's 1st birthday is in February and I have already decided on a circus theme, so he may get to wear this again!
The costume was a hit! Man I love that kid!