My two boys (ages 6 & 4) want to be a policeman and a knight for Halloween. Do you have any ideas on how I can pull this off with materials around the house. I am not a great seamstress.
Policeman: dark blue button down shirt, blue pants (jeans are ok) (check goodwill for shirts) - make a badge out of cardboard with tinfoil. If you have a round button with the pin back, you can attach it to that to pin on his shirt. NOTE: you will want to put reflective tape on his costume because it will be dark and he will be hard to see.
Knight: grey sweats or tights for the pants, and a turtleneck (white or grey) with a "tunic" over it. A king-sized pillowcase might work, or just sew a rectangle of fabric and leave a hole for the neck and arms. The bottom can be plain hem or decorated and you can use acrylic paint to paint a shield/decoration on the tunic (let him decorate it?) Make a shield out of cardboard. Cover it with tin-foil if you want it shiny - otherwise just paint the "crest" on it. Sword out of cardboard with foil blade. Again -reflective tape recommended. I would not do a helmet - too much limit on visibility, and hard to make .
Good luck -hope this helps.
Check with friends to borrow a military/policeman type hat to wear with police man outfit.
for a knight helmet you can cut the bottom off of a milk jug big enough to fit over your head. Then cut out a place for the hatch with slights cut in. Use brads to reattach this to the milg jug so it can be lifted up. Then spray paint it all in black, gray, silver or maybe white. For a extra flair add a feather on top.
for a police man you can make a band out of paper that fits your sons head then add a paper bill and a tissue paper top. Try to form sqwash it down into as much of a police man hats shape as possible. then add a badge on the front. he can were a black belt with a spray painted juice box with drawn on buttons and a straw antenna for a walkie talkie he can also carry a police man bat or if you have one a german shepard stuffed animal.
To make the bottom of the armour use cardboard cut rectangles (10-12) then hot glue them together to make an armour skirt, oops are these boys never mind then.
Knight: you can get a rectangular piece of fabric for the tunic. Cut a hole for the head, and then sew the sides but leave a space on the sides for the arms.
For a policeman, go to a clothing thrift shop and get navy blue dress pants and light blue dress shirt. Fabric glue royal blue crossgrain ribbon down the outside of the legs. Cut a badge out of cardboard and spray paint silver or gold and add writing with permanent marker. Black dress shoes also from a thrift store. Get the police hat from a Halloween store. Check ebay for a cheap hand microphone and gun holster to clip to a belt.
Knit, dark gray tights, dark gray turtleneck for the under costume. A light gray sweatshirt long enough it will go down to the middle thigh and cut off the arms and the bottom band to make a tunic. Cut a shield and sword out of heavy cardboard and spray paint silver or gray and draw an armor/crest design with permanent marker. You can also draw an armor/crest design on the tunic. You can buy a knight helmet pretty cheap at a Halloween store. Use a dark or light gray knit cap and make the head cover to go under helmet. Knit hats are usually 2 layers so cut it open so you have a larger pieces to work with and you can make the back longer. Fabric glue edges to prevent fraying