"I am the Law and the Law is not mocked"
Inspector Javert I am the Law Les Miserables
In the town of Literal, the Chief of Police also serves as the local judge. His name is Chief Law & Justice. He may be the shortest citizen of Literal but his is definitely the most feared. My youngest brother plays Chief Law & Justice and man can this kid play the part!
Chief L & J is a Vietnam vet and has that former-military-turned-small-town-police-chief mentality. We wanted him to look tough, sort of like a cross between military and police. So we found a pair of blue camo pants (from Old Navy on clearance) to refer to his past war life, and a light blue polo (from a local consignment sale) that is common to a policeman's uniform.
The vest was found online as a child's dart vest. I was so excited to find this! I was worried we weren't going to be able to find anything that would work that we could afford. The only down side is that it's really heavy, but Gideon wears it because he thinks it's cool (and because I make him!)
As with the vest, we had some trouble finding a hat. For the longest time we couldn't decide what style we wanted and when we finally did make a decision, we couldn't find one to fit Gideon's head. Once again, my amazing Google master mommy found this hat on ebay. Sometimes I don't know where we'd be without her!
A lady we know who owns her own sewing business (like me) graciously custom made us two police badges, one for Chief L & J's shirt, and one for his hat, with "Literal Police" across the top. This was the director's idea which goes to show that even someone without any sewing experience can contribute to the costume making process.
To complete the look, we added a pair of sunglasses from our local dollar store and a pair of combat boots from a thrift store (They are actually women's shoes but don't tell him that! :).
For one of the episodes Chief L & J has to be a judge in a local court case which means we needed a judge's robe. Considering that most judges are over 5 ft I had to end up making Gideon's robe using a pattern for a child's choir robe (Butterick #4542 view A minus trim). The fabric was purchased at Hancock's. He looks soooooo cute in it, I mean, um, so intimidating! :)
Police Vest- $32.95
Judges' Robe~ $13.50 (all together)
Combat Boots- $5.00
Custom Made Badges- $0 (donated by our friends at Little Clothes & Bows)
*EDITOR'S NOTE* Thank you again to the Bath Family for providing the costume for Master SmoothLips' character. All the money we saved there we blew here! So you guys can brag about how you "made" the character of Chief L&J :)
So as you can tell, Chief Law & Justice was the most expensive person to costume (and yet he's my favorite character). But, sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do in order to make a character look right. Thankfully, we saved money on several other costumes so this one really didn't break the bank. I've got someone watching over me :). Congratulations Gideon! You take home the award for "Most Expensive Costume"!
To find out more about Chief Law & Justice and all the other characters in Literal be sure to be on Youtube on August 5th when the first episode of Literal: What We Believe airs. To hold you off until then follow S.C. TreeHouse Productions on their website, this blog and my brother's google plus page for updates on the production process. Be sure to spread the word and thank you again for all your prayers and support!
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