Finally here comes the review on the outfits I made 🙂 Part 2
For most of the otfits I used McCalls 5956.
all the lion outfits were made from a woven cotton velvet with stretch, while Timone and Pumba’s outfits were sewn in a sturdy Micro fleece. All the hats are also lined,giving them more support.
I used fake fur and a fake leather fabric for details.
The last thing I made were three hyena outfits using ready to wear jersey tops. The white “draw strings” were too visible, so they were omitted in the end.
If you read other reviews on McCalls 5956 at (http://sewing.patternreview.com/Patterns/31521 ), you will find that it is quite “baggy”. For the first couple of costumes I used the sizes based on McCall’s sizing chart. I agree with earlier reviews. It is baggy, especially around the neck and bust area. Over the bust that is not a big problem if your fabric is relatively thin. However, as you work your way into heavier fabrics it becomes a problem. To compensate for the “really baggy” neck area and bodice, I gathered it and added a “neck-band” with the desired neck width to them. This worked well. I also prefer having a band around the ankles and the wrists.
when I started to sew Timone and Pumba from micro fleece I altered the pattern, making it narrower. I downsized it by at least one size compared to the smallest pattern size (widthwise). This was much better. I also used the downsized version when making Nala and “the child Zimba”.
I made several changes to the “hat part”. The back section I moved further back and “on the top” I extended it all the way to the forehead). The ears I placed wherever I deemed necessary for that costume (by making a small incision and sewing on the inside. the lining in the hat helps support the ears. It is also a good idea to understitch the lining, because it helps keep everything in place.
The most comfortable costumes I am sure were the ones made from the cotton velour. They were relatively thin and draped nicely. The fleece of course is a bit warm, but was very nice and sturdy.
As I gained confidents and experience with the pattern, I naturally was more satisfied with the results.
Overall, I was happy with the finnished costumes. Still, I did not feel that Timone was quite complete because he was missing the stripes on his back. In the end, after the costumes were finished, my sweet “fellow mom” glued the black stripes to the back of Timones outfit, making it more pleasing both the actors and me.
Together they also made a fourth hyena outfit.
Some more photo’s: