The peacock tutu has its feathers!
I mentioned in the last post that the costume inspiration this year was Eric Carle’s peacock from his book, Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? It’s such a beautiful illustration, and the simple shapes were easy to mimic.
The feathers are cut from wool felt and sewn down the center with gold thread. And I added yellow dots to a store-bought shirt using a round sponge and fabric paint.
The headpiece is felt feathers on pipe cleaners, wrapped around a headband.
The tutu itself (from Little Things to Sew) was the most time consuming part of the costume, and the only thing that required any real sewing, but it wasn’t hard to put together. Details about that are here. And of course it has nothing to do with the illustration, but it was a fun way to bring in all those peacock colors. Most of all, I just really wanted to make one.
I sewed the feathers to lengths of ribbon, then attached those to the waistband of the tutu with the thought that they could be easily removed if she wants to use the tutu for dress-up later on. But the ribbons kept twisting and turning and exposing the backsides of the feathers, so I ended up tacking the bottom feathers to the tulle anyway. And realistically, I don’t think this will get much more after-Halloween play than last year’s wings, which have only come out a handful of times. And that’s more action than the tree costume (from two Halloweens back) ever saw. I think its safe to say she’s not big on everyday dress-up.
But even so, Halloween deserves a special costume, right? I think so. I’ve never really been bothered by the “only going to wear it once” thing. I just like to make stuff.