A Really Useful Costume


It would be nothing short of an understatement to say that Little Mister loves Thomas the Train. Not a day goes by without him playing trains, watching trains, or somehow involving trains in our everyday life (…which right now means Thomas potty charts…yay).  So when it came time for Halloween costumes, there was no question as to what Little Mister would want to be.  Thomas the Tank Engine (I always say Thomas the Train).  After flipping through costume catalogs and checking out costumes in toy stores, we didn’t really find what we were looking for.  Mr. Parfait and I talked it over, and decided to construct our own costume inspired by that really useful engine!

I had a couple ideas, played around with some boxes, etc, but Mr. Parfait wasn’t having any of it.  He had a plan and ran with it.  He started this costume on Saturday at about 4:00pm and wrapped it up at around 2:00pm Sunday afternoon (including sleep, meals, etc!  We’re too old to work through the night anymore haha), two hours before we needed to depart for the event! He constructed every single part of this costume.  What did I do?  Freaked out and told him it was never going to get done in time.  And yes, the crow tastes just fine. :-)

The body frame is foam (the greenish foam you buy by the yard), cut and sewn together to form the train.  The outer shell  is all duck canvas (heavy fabric), and goes on top of the foam body almost like a slipcover on a chair.  All of the details are appliqué, using Heat n Bond.  There are two nylon straps attached, to slip over the head.  My only contribution was the idea of sewing in reflective piping, for safety.

*Yes, there is no smoke stack or black bumper things, just ran out of time!

Please note that Thomas the Tank Engine Train is the property of its respective owner. These are fan created personal crafts inspired by the character and are in no way affiliated with official Thomas.  This entire costume is a Halloween costume for personal happiness only! 

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7 Responses to “A Really Useful Costume”

  1. pam says:

    Wow it turned out great! Nice work!

  2. Lynne says:

    Yay for Mr Parfait – it’s brilliant!

  3. ayumills says:

    Unbelievable! When I saw these pictures, I had to come here to read where you bought this! Such a creative couple!

  4. dana says:

    okay this is amazing. you and your husband are insane with talent.

  5. Alli says:

    This is fantastic! I’m glad that my son is slightly over his Thomas phase, or else I’d feel really guilty for not making something awesome like this. :>

  6. Alli says:

    Whoops, I also forgot to say that I love the blog post title. Hehe.

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