The first step is to know your SUBJECT. This should be the easiest part. In all probability you are making a costume for you or your child.
The second step is to FIND THE CHARACTER. This one may take some guiding or you too may end up trying to make a Bowser costume. Also, keep in mind the weather your area experiences when designing the costume. For me, it means thermals under fleece.
Third- Use GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH and get in your head an idea of what you want the finished project to look like. Remember though, that as you go things may change and your initial vision may be different. Last year I made a lot of changes to my plan before I was ready to start in with fabric.
Four- Find a pattern as close to possible to your vision and then alter it to meet your needs. OR if you are daring, you can make your own pattern. But we'll have to learn that one together, I haven't tackled that yet.
My initial images last year were far from the finished product, but all the time and effort made all the difference.
And Mario with more of Bowser from behind:
I am a sucker for themed costumes, so when my oldest wanted to be Bowser(and would not be swayed), it seemed natural to convince his younger brother to be Mario.
This year, the boys want to go as Sonic and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog. I think I may have to do some serious pattern creating to pull this one off. But what should boy number 3 be? I don't know how to tie him into the theme or if I should. He will be just shy of his 1st birthday.
**Start Brainstorming so we can build our costumes together!
** I am really hoping to have a Halloween Picture Parade of past costumes you all have made. If you would like to participate, please email your submissions to me at cynspiration[at]gmail[dot]com.