The past few months, I have had the honor and privilege of working on the Grinch performance for our church. It is something our family has done for the past 2 years now, as our eldest daughter loves acting in the show. Last year was Scrooge, this year…the Grinch came to Wave Church.
At first, I took on the daunting task of being the director of props. But when the seamstress that was supposed to make the Grinch Costume dropped out, someone needed to step up. And there I was.
Let me start off by saying, there was green fur, everywhere.
The shop vac was my best friend. From diagonal stacked present boxes, to Xray hearts, to the Grinch’s chair, to little Who’s costumes, to the man dressed in green…my life has been completely immersed in all things Grinchtastic this Season.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Play.
To make the Grinch costume, I used the following as my starting off point:
- Fabric: Faux Fur Long Pile Curly Fabric ALPACA LODEN GREEN
- Pattern: McCall Onesie Pajamas
- Fake Grinch Belly
- Hood Pattern: Randwulf’s Biggin, Simple Hood or Skullcap Pattern (Affiliate link)
From there I was able to alter the pattern based on the actor’s measurements, as well as to make room or the belly. Here is a quick snap of the alterations to give you an idea:
Furthermore, I made the opening along the back center seam, instead of the front. And added a longer collar to hang off the bottom of the hood pattern, to tuck into the neckline of the main costume.
The fur had no stretch what-so-ever, so the costume needed to be on the bulky side so that he could move and jump around on stage. I would’ve loved for it to have been more ‘skin-like’, but with this fabric it was not meant to be. It was also VERY HOT – I give the actor so much credit. 3 performances in one day made for one very sweaty suit. Lol – but he was so amazing.
Chloe’s Who costume:
- Pattern: Five and Ten Designs, Volume One, Look No. 1.
- Striped T-shirt, thrifted
- Bubble gum tights, thrifted
- Pink fur boot covers (affiliate link)
- Sequin notion for belt
- White petticoat for under skirt (affiliate link)
- Pom pom garland for ‘scarf’
- Cupcake headband, handmade with cupcake ornament
- Styrofoam balls in hair for updo
I added the pom pom trim around the neckline and armsyce of the bodice of the dress, which was a fun added touch. And did different color buttons down the back of the bodice, with a grosgrain ribbon trim along the button placket.
In the end, we had so much fun. Sure, it was a lot of work – but would I do it again? In a heartbeat!!! After a year off of course – lol.
The house was packed, for every single performance. Sadly enough, we ended up having to turn people away because there was no more room and people were already sitting on the stairs. Yikes! And if you knew my church, you would know just how big it is, and just what it means when I say we had a PACKED house.
The performance was INCREDIBLE. So many people put so many man-hours into making this dream a reality. From the professional hip hop dancers, to the ballerinas, to the absolutely incredible graphics team and carpenters…and of course – the actors. For some, almost a year of work went into getting this play ready. My hat is off to them all. It was truly a show to remember.
I was simply blessed to be a part of it.
Making memories with my daughter, doing what she loves, being on stage. It’s all too reminiscent of my own childhood, going to casting calls in NYC. To see your girls making friendships backstage, being a part of a group that is doing something for the greater good and the community, there are truly no words. It was my honor to serve my church and my community by being a part of this performance with my whole family. And I cannot wait to do it again next year.
Me, and my crazy family.