Homemade Peacock Costume
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Pretty as a Peacock!
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This homemade costume for women entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Sarah, the 'Peacock' costume creator:
I am wearing this costume and made it myself as well. The peacock is a great costume idea because it gives you the opportunity to be colorful, stand out, grab the attention of everyone around you and show off a little bit. You're also given the creative freedom to incorporate a range of greens, blues and purples, so there is some flexibility when it comes to purchasing materials.
List of things I purchased -
Various peacock and green feathers
1 roll of head band material
Vera Wang tights
Materials for the headpiece (feathers, jewel, felt pad)
I started by setting the feathers out on the corset and taking a picture, so that I could have a reference when sewing each bunch into place. I used a hot glue gun to bunch them together the way that I wanted them displayed on the front of the corset. Once they were dry, I began the tedious task of sewing each individual bunch onto the corset. Once this was completed, I did need to make some adjustments after trying it on, to be sure that each feather laid just right.
The skirt for this costume is comprised of 2 seperate skirts on 2 seperate belts. I first made a tutu out of turqoise, purple and black tulle. The instructions for this are very basic and I simply watched a video on YouTube for a how-to. Then I took 4 7ft feather boas (2 turqoise,1 purple and 1 black) and tied them onto the second belt to create a feather bustle skirt. This went over the tutu and helped give it volume. I also tied a few peacock eye feathers into the feathers of the boas, to give the illusion of an actual tail.
The headpiece was hot glued together using feathers, plastic gems and a peacock eye feather.
For the shoes, I took one of my favorite pairs that had been out of use because they were falling apart. After a little hot glue gun love and adorning them with a couple of peacock feathers, they looked good as new!
Overall, this costume cost me much more time than money - I already owned the corset and can re-use it, thanks to taking the time sewing everything on rather than gluing it. My cost in materials was about $45-55, and it took me a solid 8-10 hours to put together (plus a lot of brainstorming!)