What is a Mudkip?
Good for you if you know it is a Mud Fish, water Pokemon.
I was oblivious to this creature in the anime world until my daughter requested this as her Halloween costume. I enjoy making my children's costumes but often stuck to buying ready made stuff and creating the look. This time I decided to sew from scratch. Thankfully she had a picture of this anime creature. I later learned it is a Mud Fish Pokemon and considered a water Pokemon.
As a reference, I used this picture of a Mudkip from the Pokemon 11th Anniversary Pokedex magazine she owns. You can also find a picture of this online in the official Pokemon website.
I decided to sew this costume from scratch to practice my sewing skills. I am just a beginner in sewing and only used straight stitches and zigzag stitches. I thought it would be easier to create this costume as a hoodie so she can still have fun with it after Halloween. A hoodie is also easy to put on and take off.
Any color hoodie as a pattern (choose one that fits the person)
1 ½ m blue polar fleece cloth
½ m white polar fleece cloth
¼ m orange fleece cloth
Small scrap of black felt for eyes
7 inches wire
A handful of stuffing material (an old pillow will do)
I used an old fleece hoodie as a pattern for this costume. Place the hoodie on the kraft paper and trace an outline of the different parts: body, sleeve and hood. If you are lucky enough to own or buy a hoodie with the right color, you can skip this part.
For those sewing from scratch, here are further instructions. When making the pattern for each part, remember that you will need 2 pieces for the costume, a front piece and a back piece. But when making a pattern, just one side will suffice as you can just fold the cloth when cutting your pattern later on.
Tip for body part: I only traced out half of the outline (front piece) to include the neckline. I will just fold the cloth to complete the pieces when cutting it out.
Cheeks: draw a 3-point star or crown resting on half an oval.
Fin piece: this fish Pokemon has a fin sticking up on its head. I estimated this to be about 6-7 inches long. Draw an oval-shaped fin.
Tail: For the tail, draw a similar oval shape longer than the fin. I estimated this to be about 8-9 inches long.
Breast/Belly side: draw an oval shape to cover the front of the body. This should be somewhat smaller than the actual body size.
Cutting out the Patterns
After you have cut out all your patterns from the kraft paper, it is time to cut out the pieces on the real cloth color you will use. Note that I chose to use polar fleece as it does not fray easily and the completed costume will keep the wearer warm on a cold Halloween night.
Remember that your paper pattern pieces are the real sizes you will use. When cutting out the parts in cloth, add about ¼ inch all around for sewing. You can lengthen the allowance to ½ inch for the bottom part of the body part, the straight side of the hood and the wrist part of the sleeve to make a double-fold cleaner seam.
Body part (front piece): using your half pattern, fold the blue fleece (front side of the cloth facing each other) and pin the paper pattern on it. The neck part should be at the fold so that when you unfold the cloth, the neckline will be whole. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around. You can add ½ inch to the bottom part to make a double folded seam.
Body part (back piece): follow the same procedure as above. However, the neckline should be straight. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around. You can add ½ inch to the bottom part to make a double folded seam.
Sleeve part: Cut out the sleeves in the blue fleece. Fold the cloth (front side facing each other). The outer part of the sleeve should be at the fold. The part where you will sew should be the part near the armpit. You will need to cut out 2 pieces to make the 2 sleeves. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around. You can add ½ inch to the wrist part to make a double folded seam.
Hood part: Use the blue fleece for this. Fold the cloth (front side facing each other). You will need 2 pieces of this pattern. By folding, you save time in cutting. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around the C-shape part. You can add ½ inch to the straight side (part where the face peeps out) so that you can make a clean seam later on.
Fin: Cut 2 pieces from the blue fleece. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around.
Cheeks: Fold the orange fleece (wrong side facing each other). You will need 2 pieces of the pattern for each cheek. . Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around.
Tail: Cut 2 pieces from the white fleece. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around.
Breast/Belly Side: Cut 1 piece from the white fleece. Make sure to pin down the paper pattern and add the extra ¼ inch all around.
Remember to place the front or right side of the cloth facing each other when sewing together 2 pieces.
Body Part: Now comes the fun part! Start with putting together the body parts of your costume. Sew the shoulders and sides of the front and back pieces together using straight stitching. You will end up with a sleeveless top. Double-fold the bottom part then sew all around to make a clean seam.
Sleeves: Sew the sleeves together. Using a straight stitch, sew the length of the sleeve near the armpit up to the wrist part. Repeat with e other sleeve piece. Double-fold the wrist parts of each sleeve then sew all around to make a clean seam.
Hood: Sew together the curved part of the hood. Remember to leave about 4-5 inches un-sewn at the point where the cloth curves like a c-shape. This is where you will insert the fin later on. Do not sew the part of the hood that will attach to the shoulders and neck. Double-fold the straight part of the hood (this is the part that frames the face) then sew all around to make a clean seam.
Fin: Sew all around the curved parts except for the part that will attach to the hood. Turn the fin inside out then slight fill with stuffing from the old pillow. Do not fill it up too much so it will not be too heavy to stand up. Seal up the opening. Sew 2 vertical lines to give the piece a fin-like look.
Cheeks: With the right side of the cloth facing each other, sew the 3 points together and the straight lines of the oval. Turn the cloth inside out. You should end up with an oval-shape with a 2-dimensional star shape sticking up from it. Fill up the star shape with filling then close up the opening.
Tail: On one piece of the tail, sew 2 vertical lines on the front side of the cloth to give an appearance of fluffiness. Sew all around the curved parts except for the part that will attach to the body part. Turn the tail inside out then slight fill with stuffing from the old pillow. Seal up the opening. Leave about ¼ inch without stuffing for easier attachment to the body part.
Breast/Belly Side: Fold the cloth about ¼ inch all around and sew.
Attaching the Pieces Together
You are nearing completion of your costume! It’s time to put together the various parts you have sewn to transform them into your Mudkip figure.
Body part: Begin by completing the main hoodie part. Sew the 2 sleeves onto the arm openings. Note that the sewn sides of the sleeves should be toward the sides of the body part. Hint: I found it easier to refer back to the sample hoodie I used when I got confused which side to put together.
Now attach the hood to the neck and shoulder opening. Hint: I decided to center the hood from the back. From the midpoint of the hood, I sewed from the back to the front, left side. Then, I sewed from the midpoint to the front, right side and overlapped the fronts.
Fin: Inserted the fin in the slit of the hood and sewed it on. If the fin does not stand up by itself, insert the wire along the spine of the hood and stick it halfway inside the fin.
Cheeks: Position the cheeks on each side of the hood and pin them on. You may want to try on the hoodie for the right positioning. Sew along the ovals so that the stars will stick out.
Flip the hoodie to the back part. Position the tail on the lower part with the right side facing out. Fold in the unstuffed part and sew a straight stitch to attach the tail to the back.
Eyes: Cut out 2 pieces of ¾ inch ovals from the black felt. Sew it on a small circle of the white fleece on each eye for pupils. Sew the eyes by hand onto the hood to complete the face. You may or may not add stitches to make a nose.
The costume is complete! This costume is not only for Halloween. It can also be worn for cosplay (or costume play) if she attends any Comic Con in the future.