How To Make DIY Barney, Betty & Bamm Bamm Rubble Costumes Without A Pattern
Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m not the best sewer around, but I enjoy it. Last month, I set a challenge for myself, to sew our costumes for my brother-in-laws 30th birthday party. The theme was that you had to come as something beginning with the letter B and so we went as Betty, Barney and Bamm Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones.
If you know your way around a sewing machine, I’m sure you’ll be able to make costumes like this too, and there’s no need to use patterns.
Mr. G’s costume was the first one I started because to me, it was going to be the easiest. I was in such a rush because I left these to the very last minute (the night before and morning of the party) so I sort of forgot to take ‘step by step’ photos. I did up a sketch for each costume to get the idea I had in my head onto paper and pretty much followed them.
DIY Barney Rubble Costume
- Chocolate broadcloth fabric (cotton drill is fine)
- Brown twisted cord
- Fold the fabric in half with the incorrect side facing outwards and the fold at the top, this will become the shoulders.
- If you haven’t been able to take measurements, get a shirt or similar and lay it on top of the fabric with the shoulders of the shirt in line with the fold.
- Using a piece of chalk, outline the shoulders and the arms, right down to the bottom. Don’t forget to allow for a lot of extra width as this is a very loose fit costume.
- Draw the triangles which will eventually be cut into a jagged hemline.
- After marking it out with chalk, cut it out using fabric shears and sew the side seams.
- Thread the cord through the eyelets to form the cross over detail on the front neck.
DIY Bamm Bamm Rubble Costume
- Tangello Cotton Drill Fabric
- Chocolate Broadcloth (sash)
- Fold the fabric in half with the incorrect side facing outwards.
- Draw the shape of the skirt on the fabric with the chalk.
- If you haven’t been able to take measurements, just use a pair of shorts and trace around them, remembering to allow a bit of extra width for the waist as this will be gathered smaller when the elastic is put in.
- For the brown sash, cut a straight piece of fabric in double the width.
- Fold the fabric inside out and stitch the seam. Turn it right side out by folding it back into itself.
- Sew the sash onto the front of the skirt to be worn over the opposite shoulder.
- Sew a little loop with the chocolate fabric at the back of the skirt so you can loop the sash through it and secure it with a safety pin.
- To add a little bone through the front of the sash, cut two little slits and insert a bone made of cardboard or perhaps a dog biscuit in the shape of a bone.
- Using the brown fabric, cut out individual triangles and sew them individually over the front and back of the bamm bamm skirt.
DIY Betty Rubble Costume
- Blue stretch crepe fabric
- Black velvet fabric
- Large white button.
- A dress of a similar style to trace the shape, preferably one with the halterneck.
- Fold the crepe fabric in half with the wrong side facing outwards.
- Make sure the stretch of the fabric is widthways/horizontal so it stretches properly when you wear it.
- Get a dress that is the same fit , lay it on the crepe fabric in the correct position (taking into account the location of the stretch) and trace around it with chalk.
- Also, trace the neckline. If you need another dress to do this, lay it in the right position and trace the neck.
- Chalk the triangles for the jagged hem at the bottom of the fabric.
- Cut out the fabric, pin both sides together (correct sides facing each other) and sew the seams together making sure you use a stretch stitch.
- Once seams are sewn, cut a length of black velvet fabric long enough to line the neck and become a tie up halter neck. It should be wide enough to be folded over and sewn to a width of about one inch.
- Cut two lengths of black velvet fabric long enough to line the dress from the underarm right up to where it meets the neck. This should be cut in the same dimensions as the above.
- Once the black velvet is cut, fold it over so the incorrect sides are facing out, sew the seams and pull it right side out.
- Sew the piece of velvet along the neckline with equal lengths on each side to form the neck tie.
- To finish off the arm pits, set the velvet under the arms right up to the neck piece.
- If the back of the dress seems a bit loose, you can sew two darts (folds) into it to make it firmer.
- Finally, hand sew the white button onto the neckline.
It’s amazing what you can create when you set your mind to it! There are so many other pieces of clothing I want to copy now without a pattern!
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