I’m going to be honest. I wasn’t overly excited about the themes for this season of Project Run & Play – until I remembered that Inspector Gadget was an 80’s cartoon! And then I re-read and saw that they want “inspired by” and not a costume. Umm, that’s kinda my jam!
Naturally, I had to start with the iconic trench coat. I actually drafted this pattern myself and am quite proud of it!
(October 2nd: If you’re Trick or Treating – you found it!)
The hat is the Elegance & Elephants Fedora – I added a grommet to the top to make the gadgets removable and keep it practical! I knew I could only do a couple gadgets and I chose the lightest options. The flower is a decoration from my kitchen and the badge is just construction paper. I stuffed the gloves a little and hot glued everything together. The “arms” are twisted pipe cleaners and a broken headband :)
Back to the trench – there are front and back vents, cuff tabs, a wide collar, in-seam pockets, epaulettes, and a box pleat in the back. I found the perfect belt buckle at Goodwill – if you squint a little, it looks like a “G”!
I know I should have used white or gray buttons, but that was a combination of forgetting to get them at JoAnn’s (which is an hour and a half away) and this being the only color there were 12 of at Walmart!
I love the way the vent curves into points on the original jacket, so I knew I had to use that feature for both the front and back.
Underneath, he has a tee shirt (self drafted) with the “magna-glass” appliqued on.
Inspector Gadget is, after all, an Inspector (however hapless) and always on the lookout for clues! John’s much more likely to be on the lookout for dinosaur bones, of course!
The jeans are Small Fry Skinnies (if you’re surprised by that, you are clearly new here – hi!). I lengthened them a couple inches so they can be cuffed. The boy only grows up, so they’ll probably fit him for years.
By the way, did you know gloves don’t take dye? I assumed since it’s September now, I’d be able to find a pair of brown gloves no problem – not so! After half an hour of searching I found some white ones on Amazon. I made the perfect shade of yellowy-tan and let them soak for hours. They came out barely ivory… You win some, you lose some – oh well!
I can’t believe how much I love this outfit! Thanks for stopping by!