With a little fake fur and some simple sewing techniques, you'll be dragging your knuckles and bellowing out in dismay in no time with your own homemade caveman costume. Whether it's for Halloween or a primitive-themed party, you'll be clomping and grunting around in style.
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Things you need
- Fake fur material
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Flexible Measuring tape
- Fabric Pen
- Bake-able clay
- Foam block
- Craft blade
- Craft or spray paint
Take a waist and chest measurement of the individual who will be wearing the costume; use the larger measurement. Also take the length measurement from the top of the shoulders to around the knee. Measure and cut two panels of fabric for the front and the back, dividing the total waist or chest measurement in half for the width of each panel. Add an extra 2 to 3 inches to your measurement of the width of each panel and 1 inch to the length. This is to allow for a 1/2 inch edge for sewing and ensure a loose, comfortable fit.
Turn the cut panels fur side in and lay them together with the edges lined up. Pin the pieces of fabric where necessary. Mark out the arm and neck holes with your fabric pen. Use your scissors to trim out loose fitting neck and armhole areas. Use the fabric pen to draw a line about a half inch in from the seam on both sides and shoulder straps for your sewing guidelines.
Follow your pen marks and sew the side seams of the fabric stopping at the bottom of the arm openings. You can leave a 2 to 3 inch slit on either side of the piece near the bottom to allow for more leg movement. Next, sew the two shoulder seams. Turn the outfit right side out and try it on. Trim out larger arm and neck openings with your scissors if necessary. Use your scissors to also create tattered and uneven edges along the bottom of the outfit as well as the neck and arm openings to give the outfit more character.
Enhance the outfit further by using leftover strips of fur material to tie around ankles and decorate shoes. Use fake bone and tooth jewellery purchased from craft or costumes stores. You can also make your own by using bake-able clay and craft or spray paint. Make sure to poke holes in the pieces before baking that will allow you to string them into bracelets and necklaces later.
Carve out a caveman's club from craft foam, available art most arts and craft stores. Use your craft blade to carefully gouge out large chunks of the foam until it is the desired size and shape. Leave deep gouges, chunks and scratches to create a realistic carved wood texture. Use brown tones of craft or spray paint to finish the fake wooden club.
Tips and warnings
- Further enhance the caveman look with a matted wig or teased hair. Add brown and black make-up to the face and arms to give a dirty appearance.