Avatar Halloween Costumes for the Family

As I mentioned in my last Halloween costume post, I decided that we needed to do something as a family and this year’s costume set would be from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Marcus has a Zuko costume and I have a Mai costume. The Larva got Toph’s dress from The Blind Bandit episode, and the Grub got an airbender costume.

Toph dressBaby airbender

For the Toph dress, I used McCalls 6529 which is a shirred dress. I really like this pattern because you can do a number of alterations to it and make it look like a completely different dress each time. This is the same pattern I used for the Anna from Frozen dress.

McCalls 6529

I altered the length and took out the gathers in the skirt. I used a bolero jacket pattern for the top that goes under the dress and added a zipper to the back. For the flower applique, I drew up the design, machine embroidered it on 2 layers of fine net tulle, and sewed the applique to the front of the dress. I also Scotchguard-ed the dress. I’m hoping that will help keep the dress clean, but I’m sure the Larva will find a way to get dirt on it like she does with all her other clothes.

We went out in the costume over the weekend to snap some photos. Look, she even managed a pose with the Toph attitude!

Toph dressToph dress

For the Grub’s costume, I took a generic jumpsuit pattern and added on bits to mimic the airbender uniform. The blue arrow is a temporary tattoo that I printed on tattoo paper. She didn’t seem to be bothered by it which is good!

I guess the Grub could also be costuming as Aang, but I meant it to be just a generic airbender kid.

Baby airbender

I would like to state that we did not shave the Grub’s head for this costume. We shaved her head for a Chinese tradition and I figured if she was going to go around looking like a little monk, I might was well take advantage of it!

I hope to get photos of the entire family at the parade the Larva’s daycare is having on Friday.

4 comments on Avatar Halloween Costumes for the Family

  • Hannah

    I just have to say YOU ARE SO AWESOME and seeing your little Toph and Airbender nearly killed me from the Awesomeness x Cuteness factor…

    • AJ (author)

      I’m so sorry I missed seeing this comment. Apparently I’m not getting emails when people comment… really need to figure out what’s going on with that.

      Thanks so much!

      Your kids are total cuties and I LOVE the R2D2 dress! I’m trying to think of an idea for Star Wars Celebrations next year for the kids. I’m noodling versions of C3P0 and R2D2 because jawas just sound like an accident waiting to happen. =D

  • Sarah

    Oh my god. This is perfect completely beyond words!!! Larva is absolutely adorable as Toph, and I’ve immediately decided that if Toph were to exist in real life, that’s what she would look like. Super super impressed. The airbender costume for Grub is really cute too!! The tattoo almost looks like duck tape, so I was slightly concerned, lol.
    Your other costumes (especially the poofy Victorian ones, that’s my fav era) are simply fabulous, and I have the urge to go buy out the local fabric store and sew for days. Which is silly because my skill level is…well it’s ok, but not at your level. How do you get around the “if I cut this fabric and mess up, I’ll never be able to fix it or finish the costume because I can’t get any more of the fabric” mentality? That’s my biggest issue lol.

    • AJ (author)

      Thanks so much for the comments! I’m so glad another Avatar fan stopped by. =D

      I think what helps me a lot with the fear of making mistakes (and I totally have this fear because I mess up a LOT), is doing muslin mockups. If my fabric is crazy expensive or irreplaceable, I might even do 2 just to be sure. Basically, do a test run on cheaper fabric first. Anytime I’ve skipped the muslin, I’ve ended up being pretty sorry about it, and spend so much time repairing things that I might as well have spent the extra time on the test run.

      You should go buy out a local fabric store and sew! I’ll live vicariously through you because I’m not allowed to buy fabric for a while. =D

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