My kids are going through a definite Harry Potter phase. J wanted to be Dumbledore for Halloween this year, which I think is awesome. I mean, every kid wants to be Harry, but how many do you know who have dressed up as Dumbledore, the awesomest wizard ever?
Using this photo as inspiration, I created a Dumbledore costume.
For the robe, I bought some cheap gray broadcloth at Walmart and traced a robe shape around J's body as he laid on top of the fabric. I cut it out and sewed the back to the front, adding trim along the front and sleeves. Though you can't see it, the front has a frog-type button clasp to hold it closed.
I'm pretty proud of the beard and hair. Last year I made a beard out of felt for the Capt. Smith costume, but I wanted this one to be more flowey. I thought of batting, but it wasn't quite what I wanted. Instead, I used one of those fake spiderwebs they sell with the Halloween decorations! Rather than stretching it out into a spider web, as it's meant for, I cut it into lengths and stretched it just wide enough to be hair-like. I sewed the beard and mustache to a felt base, which ties around his head (and over his ears) with ribbon. The hair is sewn onto the hat.
For the hat, I just sewed a length of fabric to a circle roughly the size of the top of J's head. I trimmed it, of course, and even made a little tassel for the top out of a few inches of fringe that I bought in the trim section at Walmart.
Total cost? About $10. Cuteness factor? Priceless.