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Charlie Crow Whale/Orca costume for kids one size 3-8 Years.

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Now I am not going to do a fully detailed step by step how to as to be honest, it wasn’t actually that difficult. It’s not something that our school took part in previously but the last few years, they’ve taken a “dress up if you want to” approach. The first time Brendan Fraser got into costume for his Oscar-nominated role in The Whale, it took seven hours and involved more than 17st of prosthetics.

To be honest, my straps were a little too long so I could have easily gotten away with a chin of 45 or 50 to start with but I just tied the knot where I needed it and let the rest hang inside the whale as excess. But once transformed into the character of Charlie, a morbidly obese recluse, he encountered a problem: he was sweating so much that the silicone started to peel off his face. So this year the Bear asked to be Barney Willow as the black cat from Matt Haig’s To be a Cat, easy enough to do.

If you do want to give crochet a go though, literally all I did was a chain of 60 and then go back along the length slip stitching into the back bobble into each stitch.

In the end a rudimentary air conditioning system was fitted into the back of his costume as 42st Charlie.The next challenge for the crew was to keep the 54-year-old US-Canadian actor cool enough to perform. One whale costume which went from “oh sh*t, how am I going to do that”, to “actually that was easier than I thought it would be. Once I got over the initial thoughts of “how the hell am I going to be able to do that”, I realised that actually, all I needed was some cardboard, some paint, and a lot of patience!

It doesn’t have to be perfect and they will love it more if they are involved in painting it in the first place.I made the arm straps out of some super chunky wool and a massive crochet hook that I had lying around to give it a bit of a nautical theme.

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