|Handmade Peacock Costume|
As usual i'm behind on my blog posts. However it still isn't Thanksgiving so I feel like I have time to include how I made my Peacock Halloween costume. As you'll remember from last year I was a 1950's housewife. This year I wanted to up my game a bit more, and instead of having my mom sew a few items I decided I'd do it all myself! (With the help of my friends of course!)
Target Stretch Skirt
Cheap black lace-up corset
3 Feather Boas
Additional aqua Boa
2 Peacock garlands from Michaels
200 5ft Peacock feathers from Featherstore.com
LOADS of hot glue
Needle and thread
|Before the madness started!|
|Brooke helping me stitch!|
After this first tacking was complete I went back in and horizontally stitched the zig zags down to cut down on the "poof".
|Stitch after Stich after Stich - control the poof!|
|1) 1st round of skirt. 2) Skirt after being tacked down. 3) Final Costume!|
|Adding in aqua blue feather chunks and peacock feathers.|
The skirt took around 10 hours...so be prepared for a great outcome but a lot of work!
|Finished! So pretty!|
Below is a little image I threw together to give you a better understanding of how it's done:
Corset: Once the skirt was complete I took two sections of the peacock garland and hot glued them up the center of the corset front. Following that base layer I filled in with aqua feather chunks cut from the boa, blue black and finally peacock feathers arranged fanning upwards to my neck. After these were all glued down I hand stitched over the glue to make sure the feathers would hold.
|Peacock garland from Michaels.|
|Starting the Corset.|
|Monte wants to help!|
|Belt sandwiched between cardboard with duct tape to reinforce.|
Once the belt and cardboard were one piece I started taping the feathers in place facing forwards on the inside and outwards on the outside. (So from the front you could see the eye of the feathers and from the back you could as well).
After the initial height (about 5 ft) was reached with the feathers I cut down the next layer and began to make the fan at a lower level (about 3 ft) repeating this step for 1.5 ft, 8 inches and then the base of the tail was finished with garland pieces and rhinestones.
|Flamingo, Owl, Chick, Peacock, Robin|
|Shake ya Tail feather!|
The entire costume took about 30 hours to complete and was a huge success. Not one feather was lost after partying for a good 8 hours!
This is my favorite costume to date! And the reaction from the crowds of people when an 8 foot peacock and the flock walked in was priceless!