Our family is representing the cast of Mary Poppins for a Halloween party, and guess what? I made the costumes. It's a little much to blog about 5 different costumes, so I'll cover the highlights.
In the previous costume post, I discussed repurposing and how to pick a couple key elements to make the costume believable. This of course is also true for Mary Poppins, because she is
Practically Perfect in Every Way!
So, when considering a home made costume, start here: what are the key items that are necessary to pull off the costume, and how can these items be obtained or made?
I rely on three basic places for costume pieces:
- our closets
- my sewing machine
- the local thrift store
I decided I must have these items for Mary, Jane (the little girl), and the chimney sweeps:
- a parrot umbrella, carpet bag, and hat (Mary)
- a hair ribbon, long dress, and knee high socks (Jane)
- newsboy caps, red scarves, and brooms (chimney sweeps)
You can look at this post for information on how I tackled a parrot umbrella. The carpet bag is just going to be a large hand bag with a scrap of upholstery fabric attached. I bought the hat at a thrift store along with a couple silk flowers for the brim. I am using a thrift store white shirt under a tweed jacket from my own closet. I sewed a long black skirt with some fabric I found at - you guessed it - a thrift store (alternatively, you just thrift a black skirt or use one you have). It was hastily and poorly made, but it will work fine for a costume.
Jane's dress was an Etsy find, but the Little will be able to wear it for a long time. Socks and ribbon were also regular closet items.
And the chimney sweeps? Well, they took a little more planning. I bought dark suit coats at a thrift store, along with newsboy caps for Husband and the Bigs. Scarves were also purchased at the thrift store, along with the makings for chimney brooms. I went with what I could find and tweaked them to make them work. Two just required a coat of black spray paint, but the third was just a regular old broom. I cut off the bristles and glued them onto a cardboard circle with a rectangle shaped hole. I put an identical cardboard circle on the top. When it dried I fit it over the end of the broom, where the bristles used to be. I spray painted it all black, and it turned into a passable chimney broom.
You'll just have to wait and see how the finished product turns out. Mainly because I lost the pictures of the making process in a computer mishap, and we haven't yet all tried on our costumes at the same time for a picture. I have to be in the same country as the rest of my family for that to happen. I think I'm not supposed to admit this kind of thing when blogging, but, hey, how else will you get to know home made's charm in its imperfection?
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