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From: emermuffin
Date: 09-07-2004, 10:11 AM (1 of 7)
Any advice?

I'd like to make some bat wings for my daughter's Halloween costume - has anyone done something like this before?

I love some of the printed tulle fabric but I think that would be a real pain to work with and I have zero experience working with those fabrics. Perhaps wool felt? My thoughts are to make some wings that go from wrist to wrist and somehow attach them to a black t-shirt (velcro or maybe elastic that goes over the arms at the elbows and wrists?). I plan to paint/sew ribbon for the bones in the wings. Probably a good idea to make them reflective (she's 3 and this will be her first year to trick or treat - FUN!).

Obviously, I've got some ideas but anyone who has "been there, done that" let me know what worked for you! BTW, I have a great pattern for bat ears on a headband already.

Thank you!
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From: MaryW
Date: 09-07-2004, 10:25 AM (2 of 7)
Your ideas are great! I would think black broadcloth or inexpensive satin might work better than wool felt. That would be awful for a 3 yr. old to wear. There is reflective ribbon you can buy too.
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From: Bama
Date: 09-07-2004, 05:41 PM (3 of 7)
I agree, I think I would use something that will "flow" better. I've seen black satin at a couple of Walmart stores here that's only $2 a yard. It was with the new Halloween fabrics they just put out. There was also some great black sheer fabric with spider webs all over it. That would make great bat wings. Maybe you could make a simple cape with the pointy bottom edges like a bat's wings and attach it to the arms like you said.
I made some angel wings once. :angel: But that would be alot different than the bat wings. With them I used 2 bent coat hangers to give them shape.
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From: emermuffin
Date: 09-07-2004, 07:58 PM (4 of 7)
Thanks for the suggestions!

I like the broadcloth idea, Mary. Definitely better for flow and the price is right. Since I think bat wings should be scalloped ( ^^^), I could sew a line of straight stitching along the bottom and pink the edges then I wouldn't have to worry with an edge finish on the curves. I'd love to do satin but I haven't worked with slippery fabrics enough to have any confidence there.

As terrible as this sounds, I'm trying to spend as little time in front of my sewing machine as I can for this Halloween. I'm not too happy about that but I'm having a baby this Friday and I don't see myself having the time or the stamina to spend hours on bat wings by the time Halloween rolls around!

I thought the felt would be easy, no edge finishing to worry about. But you are right - she'd be miserable wearing all that bulk. And we're in Texas - Halloween is rarely cool weather down here. Too hot!

I'll be thinking about it some more - :smile:
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 09-08-2004, 01:02 AM (5 of 7)
I saw that black sheer with the spider webs that sparkle so prettily at Hancock's yesterday... I love it.. I think that would make beautiful wings...
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From: blackie
Date: 09-08-2004, 06:43 PM (6 of 7)
I have some bat wings from Sophie's last Halloween. She was a bat last year. My mom and I made a lined cape with scalloped edges, also a bonnet with big bat ears. The costume is good quality, and I would be happy to send the wings to you (as long as you sent them back). I can send you pictures if you're interested. PM me your email address if you are interested...
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From: paroper
Date: 09-08-2004, 10:31 PM (7 of 7)
If you want to scallop the bottom of the wings, why not use a plate or saucer for the shape. Just draw an arch around them with chalk or pencil and use that for your stitching line.

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