Firetruck Halloween Costume

Firetruck

We started our Halloween costume shopping when we came across costumes at the local Costco. Ada immediately chose a firefighter costume and Zoey wanted to be a firetruck. I was all for the idea as I don’t know how long they’re going to want themed costumes. When I started looking for firetruck costumes I mostly found ideas that involved a box which may get in the way in crowds and might be a bit cumbersome for my two-year-old to enjoy. I also found a couple tutus on Etsy but they mainly seemed to be aimed at the firefighters themselves instead of the truck. Before diving completely into figuring out the costume, we went to Kid to Kid to see if we could find anything that would work and I ended up walking out with a red dress as a starting point… since as Ada kept reminding me… firetrucks have to be red.

After looking around for Firetruck ideas I decided to make my own. Here is how we created our firetruck costume. Learn more at SImplyKyra.com.


Materials

  • Shirt
    • Pattern – Unisex Raglan from Ellie and Mac
    • Fabric – Black, grey, and a bit of white thin knit fabric from our stash
    • Blue ‘water’
      • Leftover blue ribbons
      • Lighter – melt the raw edges of the ribbons so it wouldn’t unravel – depends on the ribbons
      • Wash away sewing tape – to attach the ribbons before sewing
    • Fabric markers
  • Leggings
  • Red dress to go over top bought from my local Kid to Kid
  • Complemented the costume with firefighter costume gear from Amazon. The plastic ‘walkie-talkie’ top came broken but overall I’m happy as I wanted a red hat and loved the idea of a fire extinguisher as they seemed more truck-like.

Leggings

I knew going into the costume that I wanted to use the leftover tire fabric from Ada’s monster truck dress (preorder through Whimsy Baby Customs). Leading into making the costume Stitch Upon a Time had a sew along for the Ariel leggings so which made the decision simple on which pattern I was going to use. During the sew along I made both girls a wearable muslin out of fabric I had in my stash so I was reasonably assured on the fit of the pattern before starting the costume.

Wearable muslins for the girls made during the Stitch Upon a Time sew along.

Wearable muslins for the girls made during the Stitch Upon a Time sew along.

As I didn’t have enough of the tire tread fabric I laid it out against the pattern piece and marked a straight diagonal line where the fabric would end. As the seam allowance for the Ariel leggings are half an inch I marked a second line an inch over so I’d be able to sew both fabrics together making the original pattern piece. After cutting out the pieces I lined it up on the pattern piece and confirmed it worked.

I took the Ariel legging pattern, lined up the wheel fabric we had, and decided where to draw colorblocking line. Remember to include your seam allowance. In this case I added a second line one inch over since the seam allowance for the Ariel pattern is a half inch.

I took the Ariel legging pattern, lined up the tire fabric we had, and decided where to draw colorblocking line. Remember to include your seam allowance. In this case I added a second line one inch over since the seam allowance for the Ariel pattern is a half inch.

Then cut your fabric out. Here's the fabric is lined up over the pattern piece to triple check it works.

Then cut your fabric out. Here’s the fabric is lined up over the pattern piece to triple check it works.

I used a rapport from Whimsy Baby Customs so when hemming I found a bit of a monster truck that was luckily hidden.

I used a rapport from Whimsy Baby Customs so when hemming I found a bit of a monster truck that was luckily hidden.

I love how the finished pants ended up looking, although, next time I can see matching the type of fabric as the bottom of the pants (cotton lycra tire treads) are thicker and heavier than the the top (mystery black knit in my stash).

Finished Ariel leggings with the tire fabric at the bottom for my firetruck.

Finished Ariel leggings with the tire fabric at the bottom for my firetruck.

The Ariel Leggings pattern also comes with a skirt add-on which I could see adding if we hadn’t already bought the red dress.


Shirt

Zoey found the red dress uncomfortable while trying it on so I decided I wanted to make a more comfortable top to go underneath. We ended up going with the Unisex Raglan from Ellie and Mac since I’d used it many times before (including for our swimming rash guards). Talking with the kids we determined that a fire truck needed tires (solved by the leggings above), a water hose, a ladder, and a siren (skipping) so I figured the sleeves would be perfect to add a ladder and fire hose to the Zoey firetruck. Though, disclaimer, apparently firetrucks (having ladders) and fire engines (pump water) are different but they haven’t discovered that difference yet.

Ladder

I started by marking the side rails of the ladder. The outside of the pattern piece was going to lose about a 1/2 an inch on either side with the seam allowance while the center would cover the other side of the ladder when worn. I ended up marking an inch over from both the left and right sides of the sleeve and 1 1/2 inches of space in the center (marking 3/4″ from the center fold on either side). After marking the side rails I next used a ruler to mark the rungs. I made sure not to draw into the side rail space and marked each rung with a similar height. I ended up spacing my rungs by using the width of my ruler so there were less calculations. Finally I drew in the side rails and extended the rungs to meet them.

Marked an inch from either side of the sleeve and 1 1/2 inches (3/4" from center fold) from the center fold for the side rail.

Marked an inch from either side of the sleeve and 1 1/2 inches (3/4″ from center fold) from the center fold for the side rail.

Marked the rungs of the ladder being careful not to draw the lines into the side rails. I tried to keep the rungs the same height and used my ruler width as the space between the rungs.

Marked the rungs of the ladder being careful not to draw the lines into the side rails. I tried to keep the rungs the same height and used my ruler width as the space between the rungs.

Finally I added the lines for the side rails following the guide from the first step and extending the rungs where needed.

Finally I added the lines for the side rails following the guide from the first step and extending the rungs where needed.

Next was making the ladder look more realistic. I used more black to add the top of the rungs before using a blue fabric marker to highlight the rungs and side rails.

I shaded the top of the rungs to make it more 3D looking.

I shaded the top of the rungs to make it more 3D looking.

Then added some blue (Zoey-requested when she joined me) to highlight the ladder rungs and side rails.

Then added some blue (Zoey-requested when she joined me) to highlight the ladder rungs and side rails.

Once it had time to dry I used my iron to set the color. Looking back I wish the ladder showed up better on the sleeve but I’m still glad I went with grey fabric as I wanted it to appear metallic. I could see going with white knit so the ladder pops more next time. I had originally debated adding a knit grid over my original fabric but I wasn’t sure how that would affect the fit and drape of the final garment.

Fire Hose

I wanted to add lines near the end of the sleeve to indicate the metallic rings on the water hose. I didn’t want the fabric marker to disappear in the sleeve’s hem so I started the sleeve rings about one and a quarter to a half inches up from the end of the sleeve. I wanted it to pop more than the ladder I just made so I took some excess white cotton lycra and some black knit to add more details. and have the ‘water hose’ stand out. I figured a bit of added fabric shouldn’t make too much of a difference.

The sleeve hem is half an inch so I started the line 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in from the edge.

The sleeve hem is half an inch so I started the line 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches in from the edge.

I then laid out some white cotton lycra and marked it with black fabric marker.

I then laid out some white cotton lycra and marked it with black fabric marker.

Then added the same blue as the ladder to highlight the markings.

Then added the same blue as the ladder to highlight the markings.

I then took some excess black fabric (from the bodice) to edge the white.

I then took some excess black fabric (from the bodice) to edge the white.

Once I was happy with the layout I sewed down the white and black knit before ironing the sleeve to set the ink.

Then sewed it on.

Then sewed it on.

The white fabric poked out from under the black so I sewed that spot down so it wouldn't start separating later on.

The white fabric poked out from under the black so I sewed that spot down so it wouldn’t start separating later on.

I looked through my drawer for something I could use for the water coming out of the hose and found some leftover ribbons I had saved from our wedding invitations. They were all cut at an angle already so I took a lighter to melt the flat end so it wouldn’t unravel later on. After folding over and pressing my sleeve hem I took some wash away sewing tape to easily fix the ribbon to the sleeve. While attaching the ribbons to the sleeve I made sure to leave room for the seam allowance.

I then folded up the hem, ironed it in place, and used washable sewing tape on the inside of the hem to attach the precut ribbon..

I then folded up the hem, ironed it in place, and used washable sewing tape on the inside of the hem to attach the precut ribbon..

Laid out the ribbon hoping it would look like water from the water hose.

Laid out the ribbon hoping it would look like water from the water hose.

Once I was happy with the layout I sewed the hem down while also sewing through the ribbons. One of the ribbons didn’t catch in my seam so I went over it once more making sure it was secure. This reordering of steps made it simpler to sew my hem down like when you reorder steps for your bands. I did notice afterwards that the ribbons, perhaps because they were overlapped, ended up taking away some of the stretch on my sleeve; luckily Zoey’s hand fit through although I was worried it wouldn’t.

Finishing Up

After folding over the hem on the ladder sleeve I sewed each sleeve hem with a zigzag stitch.

After folding over the hem on the ladder sleeve I sewed each sleeve hem with a zigzag stitch.

Underside of the hem.

Underside of the hem.

Finished shirt with a water hose right sleeve and a ladder for the left sleeve.

Finished shirt with a water hose right sleeve and a ladder for the left sleeve.

I kept the main bodice of the shirt black as the only red I had in my stash was a thicker fabric. I wanted to keep the shirt thin as I was going to add the dress over top and didn’t want it to be too warm for California. I could see making the main part of the shirt red and decorating it more like a firetruck if this is the entire garment. This could also be a great way to alter a hoodie pattern too if you want a warmer costume.


And the costume was done. I can see this being a fun day outfit once Halloween is over and I don’t have to worry about stains.

Matching shirt and pants.

Matching shirt and pants.

Wearing the firetruck garment and playing with the 'water'..

Wearing the firetruck garment and playing with the ‘water’.

Laid out with the red dress over top of the garment and with her firetruck-related accessories to complete the look.

Laid out with the red dress over top of the garment and with her firetruck-related accessories to complete the look.


Red Dress Overlay

For the red dress I ended up lifting it a bit by taking up some space above the shoulders.

I put the dress on Zoey inside out and clipped the excess material up making sure the armpit didn't get too tight.

I put the dress on Zoey inside out and clipped the excess material up making sure the armpit didn’t get too tight.

After sewing it on the wrong side of the dress I flipped it right side out, bent over the created flap, and stitched it down. Hoping I can take it out if need be in the future.

After sewing it on the wrong side of the dress I flipped it right side out, bent over the created flap, and stitched it down. Hoping I can take it out if need be in the future.


Firefighter

Ada’s choice of Halloween costume only came in a size 5/6 which was too big for her. I ended up hemming the pants by pinching in the fabric between the two patches, folding it down so it wouldn’t get in the way of her putting them on, and straight stitching the hem in place. I’m hoping this will hold for play yet still be simple enough to let out in the future if needed.

I took the fabric between the black batch and the flourescent patch and folded it in and down so it wouldn't get in the way of Ada putting the pants on. I then stitched over it with a straight stitch. The pant leg was wide enough to fit around the machine so it was as simple as that.

I took the fabric between the black batch and the fluorescent patch and folded it in and down so it wouldn’t get in the way of Ada putting the pants on. I then stitched over it with a straight stitch. The pant leg was wide enough to fit around the machine so it was as simple as that.

And her costume is finished and ready.

And her costume is finished and ready.


Checking out the accessories.

Checking out the accessories.

Firetruck and Firefighter

Firetruck and Firefighter

I hope this helps you with your costume. You can make a firetruck in so many different ways! Last year we added a floral light to Ada’s Chuggington train costume’s hat to make it actually light up. I could have also used a light for a working firetruck hat but ended up going with the simpler red firefighter helmet off of Amazon this year. I’m loving how a Costco bought firefighter costume sparked an adorable themed costume.

If you’re looking for a simple way to create matching costume I matched Ada’s store-bought costume with Zoey last year by turning Zoey into Koko, a different character from Chuggington, by drawing with fabric markers on her onesie.

If you’re looking for anything Halloween related you can find it at my Halloween tag. This includes sensory activities, the above costumes, and decor. Hope you have a great day! I’d love to see and hear about your costumes in the comments below, on my Facebook page, or through Instagram. Happy costuming!

Kyra

My name is Kyra and I’m a computer programmer that decided to stay at home with my two beautiful daughters: Ada and Zoey. I created this website to share with you anything I come across in my day to day life that I think you may enjoy.

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  1. May 13, 2020

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  3. October 21, 2020

    […] ideas for yourself. In case you’re interested we’ve also bought, made, and assembled a firetruck (to match her sister’s Costco firefighter’s costume), added a working light to a train costume’s hat, and colored a store-bought onesie to make a […]

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    […] she’d love this costume too. In fact three years ago, after using this very dress to make her a firetruck costume, I had considered tying pink fabric around the dress so Zoey could be Princess Skateboarder around […]

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