For those that know me, you know I am fairly high up there on the nerd scale. Growing up, one of my favorite video games was Monkey Island. In Monkey Island, the governor of Monkey Island is called Elaine Marley, and she has pet piranha poodles.
When we went to an anime convention in June, they had a contest for dressing up as video game characters, so I decided to dress up as Elaine and make the girls piranha poodles. Forgive the terrible photos- we were having too much fun to take a long photo session!
Here is how we did it:
Elaine Marley Costume
- Khaki pants
- Brown vest
- White blouse
- Giant gold hoop earrings
- Red wig/hair dye
- Brown riding boots
- Green fabric (about 1 yard)
Elaine’s outfit is pretty simple. I already had most of the items in my closet. The only thing you have to make is her head scarf and waist tie.
Step 1: Cut a square of green fabric that you can wrap around your head and tie, pirate-style. If you want to get really fancy, hem the edges.
Step 2: Use the rest of the fabric to transform into a long waist tie. You may have to cut the fabric into strips and sew the ends together to make it long enough (it should go down to your knees after tying around your waist).
Step 3: Assemble the costume by: putting on the blouse and pants. Tucking the shirt into the pants. Putting on the vest, boots, and wig. Donning the wig and earrings. Tying the scarf on your head and the waist sash around your waist. Done!
Piranha Poodle Costume
- White leggings
- White long-sleeve shirt
- Tan felt
- Mesh or tulle material
- Hair-colored headband
- White fur
- Polyester stuffing
- White shoes
Step 1: Cut out an oval shape the size of the child’s chest. This will be the poodle’s belly. Sew or glue it to the front of the white shirt.
Step 2: Cut the mesh into a thick rectangle slightly longer than the cuffs of the legging pants and sleeve cuffs. Roll the mesh/tulle into the classic poodle tufts and hand sew around the legs and arms.
Step 3: Draw two large oval shapes onto a piece of paper for ears. Make the oval slightly larger than you want the finished ears to allow room for a seam. Cut our 4 oval shapes from the fur.
Step 4: Face the right sides of the fur together and sew along all edges except the top edge. Turn the fur right side out and sew the open end to the headband to make floppy ears.
Step 5: Hand sew a tuft of mesh to the center of the headband.
Step 6: Cut out a rectangle from the fur about 12 inches long. and 8 inches wide. This will become the poodle tail. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise with the furry side on the inside. Sew along the open long side and one of the short sides. Turn the tail right side out.
Step 7: Stuff the tail with polyester filling. Sew a tuft of mesh or tulle to the end of the tail. Sew the other end of the tail to the waistband of the leggings.
Step 8: Put the leggings and shirt on the child. Add the ear headband. Have the child wear white shoes, if possible, to look more poodle-like.
Step 9: Draw a poodle face onto the child’s face. Add tiny red blood marks to either side of the child’s mouth to show this poodle is fierce!
Here we all are together in what might be the worst picture on the Internet to date:
Even though the pictures are rather lame, we had tons of fun in these costumes!