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Peacock Costume

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Peacock - Homemade costumes for women
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Photo #1 - Peacock Photo #2 - Paper-mâchéd head piece before adding glitter Photo #3 - Form fitting dress half way through the glittering process Photo #4 - Full skirt after attaching first layer of peacock feathers Photo #5 - Peacock Photo #6 - Peacock Photo #7 - Peacock Photo #8 - I lost most of my glitter by the end of the evening :( Photo #9 - Peacock Photo #10 - Peacock
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Lauren, the 'Peacock' costume creator:

There's a resident peacock at Woodland Park Zoo who often shows up at the same time and location to present his feathers. The last time I saw the peacock's display, I thought that the moment right after he let down his feathers was so beautiful – it reminded me of an elaborate ball gown. So, that's where my costume idea originated!

I used:

  • 125 peacock feathers from an online wholesale floral company
  • 1 form fitting dress I found at a second hand store
  • 1 very full, long skirt from a different second hand store
  • 2 small packs of guinea hen plumage from Joann fabrics
  • 1 piece of royal blue fabric (about the length and width of a scarf) from Joann fabrics.
  • Royal blue glitter
  • Head band
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Tin foil and masking tape
  • Newspaper cuttings
  • Flour and water

THE HEAD PIECE
I pressed tin foil around my head and put masking tape around the tin foil to help hold the shape. I then put vaseline in my tin foil mold and used equal parts flour and water, and some newspaper clippings to paper-mâché the inside of the mold. After the drying process I removed the paper-mâché from the tin foil, cut it to the shape I wanted, then covered it with spray adhesive and glitter. After the adhesive dried, I hot glued the head piece to a head band.

THE "BODY"
The form fitting dress I found was floor length. I left the back long, but shortened the front by picking up the dress at the knee and hand sewing it to the waistline. Unfortunately I had no luck finding a blue dress, so I covered the front with spray adhesive and blue glitter. I then hot glued the guinea feathers to the side of the dress near the outer thigh.

THE TAIL
I laid the full skirt on the ground and began hot glueing the peacock feathers onto the skirt. I started with the longest feathers and worked my way up from the bottom of the skirt to the waist. Then, I used scissors to trim any quills that stretched beyond the waistline, and hot glued my piece of royal blue fabric over the trimmed quills. After the glue set, I hand sewed the skirt to the back of my form fitting dress at the waistline.

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