My dad decided he wanted to play Santa this year for his boyscout troop, so I made the costume for him.
The costume consists of pants, fully lined coat, hooded cape, belt and hat. There's also a little leather pouch that fits over the belt for small items. I was originally going to combine the coat and hood, but this way he can have either style. I had some help from my mother on the pants, we were very short on time and got the whole ensemble done in about 3 1/2" days.
Dad and I both like the old-fashioned Father Christmas style robes, rather than the modern version of Santa Clause. The fur we bought is lovely, but so expensive! I was terrified I was going to make a mistake cutting the pattern pieces and ruin it!
Dad's wearing it as it is right now, but I'm still working on a shirt and waistcoat for him to wear underneath, and of course the gift bag is essential. I'll have to update with new pictures when they're finished.
It was really hard to choose a specific style, there were so many good ides. I'm still wondering if a holly garland and staff as a third style option would be complete overkill...