Last year I made the boys dinosaur costumes for Halloween and they still wear them regularly. Inspired by their love of dressing up, the boys requested I make their costumes extra early. Robert requested a falcon costume this year. Fun fact: falcon costume patterns do not exist. Until now…
Falcon costume pattern
Last year the Denver Museum of Nature and Science had an animal exhibit that featured an entire area of animal dress up costumes. My little dress up fanatics loved this exhibit and I had a lot of time to sit and study the costumes.
Taking a cue from the bat wings at the exhibit, I figured it would be easy to make wings the length of his arms and then make elastic loops around each shoulder and hand. Below you can see I drew out the pattern. I have a giant roll of this butcher paper in my art studio, because it is useful for SO many things when you like to create.
Below you can see the resulting pattern. I cut out two pieces of fabric for each pattern piece. If your fabric isn’t long enough to fold along the center of the wings just cut 4 pieces and sew two sets together.
Sewing the falcon costume
Once cut out, I sewed the pieces together, right sides facing together, and left a small 6-8″ opening so that I could turn each section right side out. After I turned the wings out I sewed a piece of boning along the top edge. I pushed the boning through the opening I had left then stitched it in place along the top. You can see the stitch lines for the boning if you look close below. Next, I drew some feather lines on the wings and tail and stitched along the lines. I stuffed these little areas with some poly fill (pirated from a pillow that was looking sad), then stitched the opening I had left for turning shut. I top stitched along the edge of the opening verses hand stitching it shut.
Pardon my lack of progress pictures, I was in a hurry to finish this in little bits of time between working and shuttling small children. For reference, the top fabric is a thick grey felt and the underside is a light grey fleece. Robert deemed these the most scientifically accurate peregrine falcon colors that Hobby Lobby had available.
My little scientist had his peregrine falcon book out for reference during this process. The variegated feathers are painted on to assist with accuracy.
No falcon costume is complete without a mask, so we glued a bunch of feathers and a beak onto a Hobby Lobby mask form to complete the ensemble. The beak is made out of some squishy orange foam paper.
Falcon costume complete
Robert spent the rest of the afternoon flying around the backyard and it has been worn many times since. You can see where I sewed on the loops of elastic near his hands. I also have a two more loops near each shoulder, so a total of four elastic loops.
This same pattern can be used to make any sort of wings. The boning along the top really helps the wings keep their shape, so don’t skip that part. The entire costume came together in about two hours.
Hopefully he doesn’t wear it out by Halloween.