Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Peacock Costume How-To

I'm posting this in response to numerous requests for instructions on how to make the peacock costume I made for Ava last year for Halloween. I know a lot of you want to get a head start on the costume making, so I'm jumping the gun and sharing this in August. I don't have a photo step-by-step, but I will do my best to share with you how I made it so that you can replicate it if you want. Please let me know if my instructions need any clarity.

So first the easy part. The orange tights I got at Gymboree in October (they were sold as a Halloween item, so you might have better luck finding them then) and the onesie I got from Old Navy. Much easier than making those things. And useable afterward too. Another great resource for colored tights is welovecolors.com.

Next I bought the peacock feathers, large teal feathers, and elastic sequin material at Hobby Lobby (craft store). The sequin elastic was used for the headband as well as to hold the feather part onto her waist and legs so it stayed up properly. I bought a shiny teal blue polyester type material at JoAnn's (I think). I was lucky that the onesie matched the fabric color so well. 

I'd recommend gluing or sewing some feathers onto the headband—it would have looked better.

I figured it would be easier to explain visually, so I drew up a really simple diagram for the rest. The peacock feathers were really long, so I was able to cut them almost in half and use the bottom part inside of the fabric "petals" as support. Better than wire because it's lighter and less risky for the kiddo. A lot of the costume I assembled with a glue gun, because it was only going to be used once or twice, so I figured it didn't need to be too heavy duty on the durability, but you could sew more if you like. The elastic bands I sewed into loops—I figured glue wouldn't hold those very well.

UPDATE: I've been spending so much time sending out emails with the diagram that I can't keep up. So I've got it listed in my Etsy shop, but it's only $3. It's an automatic PDF download so you will have right away. Here is the {LINK} to my shop. Thank you!

Good luck and happy Halloweening a few months in advance!
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49 comments:

Pamela Alexis said...

this is the best costume ever!! so cute!!

Anonymous said...

How many yards of the teal fabric did you need? I'm making this costume for my friend's little girl. SO cute!!

Christy said...

Hmmm, good question. You know, I can't remember for sure, but I think one and a half yards should be plenty. Actually, I think one yard should be enough. It really depends on how wide you make your "petals" and how many you decide to make. Have fun!

Eclectic Bride-Wife-Mom said...

This is ADORABLE! I think I'll start looking for the materials this year and make this for my kiddo for next Halloween! Thanks so much for posting!

zoe hunter lee said...

soooo cute, love it!

Erin said...

Love it! Anyone having any luck finding a cute teal onesie?

Anonymous said...

This costume is adorable. Not quite sure on the directions. I don't see the "diagram" fabric?? what are the peacock feathers attacked to?
I would love to make this for my little baby this coming Halloween.

Christy said...

So in the diagram, the vertical rectangle is 2 pieces of fabric sewn together with batting stuffed inside. It is really the base for everything. The real feathers (and fabric feathers) are then attached to that. Does that make sense?

Heathor said...

How many of each type of feather did you use?

Christy said...

I think I used 6 blue and 8 peacock feathers. If you can do more, it would be even better!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could download or even print this

Christy said...

I didn't realize the link was having issues. I've redirected the link to another location, so you should at least be able to print the diagram now.

Anonymous said...

The link to the diagram doesn't work for me - it just shows a red X -what am I doing wrong?

Christy said...

What browser are you using? I tried in Safari and it didn't work, but I normally use Google Chrome and it works fine. If you need I can email it to you, just send me an email directly.

AnnDenee said...

I suspect your teal fabric is "tissue lame" which they do sell at JoAnn Fabrics stores. It's a very light weight polyester fabric which has a metallic shine to it. It is great for costumes.

Caitlin said...

Hi! Love the blog. Can you email the diagram to me? I can't seem to get the link to work. My email is caitlinthompson88 at gmail.

Anonymous said...

LOVE THIS!!! Could you please email me the diagram? My email address is aleybear715@hotmail.com. Thank you so much in advance.

swhite said...

Hi can you please e-mail me the diagram. Shawanee31@att.net

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Can u email me the diagram? hdbsmalley@yahoo.com

Chelsie said...

Hi christy! I can't pull up the diagram and wanted to do this for my baby girls first Halloween. Could you send me the diagram via email? Thank you so much!!! Chelsiedofelmier@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Can you please email me the diagram for this? I LOVE it!
jennifer_scungioeddy@yahoo.com

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Christy...love the peacock costume!! Can you please email me the diagram as well? I'd really appreciate it!
Thanks so much!

pjcaston@gmail.com

Serena said...

Would you mind emailing me the diagram? serena.a.savino@gmail.com

Thank you..this is SO cute!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you are tired of sending out this diagram...but would you mind to send it to me? Thanks!! Jamimazurek@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Would you mind e mailing me the diagram as well? Kristen733@hotmail.com

Brandy said...

Love this!!! Can you email me the diagram please!

brando03@hotmail.com

Susie Peck said...

I would love a copy too. Would love to make this for my granddaughter. Sopeck60@ gmail.com. Thanks so much!

Laura Woodbridge said...

You made an awesome costume, soooo me too! lalawoodbridge@gmail.com
Thank you so much!

Di DeRoch said...

So adorable, could you please email me the diagram, as I do not see it anywhere? dideroch@gmail.com

Thank you

Denise said...

I would love to make this for my granddaughter, if you could please email the diagram? Love it thank you
denisehokkanen@hotmail.com

Christine Sousa said...

I think you are very proud about this peacock costume; everybody loved it! Please don’t worry about the instructions that you have provided, you were able to convey it to your audience clearly. I’m hoping that you will share many tutorials like this soon. Kostüme für Kinder are very fun to make isn’t it?

Sabrina Timm said...

How long did you make the "petals"

Christy said...

Mine were about 13-14 inches long, but depending on the age and size of your child, you may want to adjust that.

Anonymous said...

my email is wranglermkm2000@gmail.com. There is a costume pagent in my area and i would love to dress my daughter up as a peacock.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Could you please e-mail me the diagram? I'm sorry but I can't get it to work. Courtneylproctor@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

Emily Brown said...

I have everything but the diagram. For some reason it won't come up. Can you email it to me? Ebrown110307@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

can you email me the diagram too please! nmredmond@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Can you please email me the diagram as well? I am makeing this for my Grand Baby!
THANKS.
gwen.finley@dmh.mo.gov

Anonymous said...

Too adorable! Could you send it to me too please? Tristannorwood@hotmail.com
Thank you thank you!

Dawn Hart said...

love this costume. i want to make it for my daughter. can't seem to pull up the diagram either. can you email the diagram to me? dawnhart@cinci.rr.com
you're so creative. thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

I am working on making this for my daughter. I have the feathers and tights, but have been trying to figure out how to attache the feather..it looks like you did straps around her legs and belly. Can you please email me the diagram: halbhuta09@gmail.com.

Thanks!

J Young said...

Love this adorable costume! What a cutie! I'll be featuring it on my craft blog, if that's ok :)

littledovecreations.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Can u please email the diagram to la02la@excite.com

Peter said...

Christy - you did an amazing job on this peacock costume. It's so adorable!

I wanted to share with you and your readers a creative costume contest that is going on now, over at http://www.halloweenhero.com/costume-contest-2013.html

Looks like you can enter as many times as you wish, as long as each entry is a unique costume.

Keep up the great work!

Best,
Peter

rachel said...

I'm floored! This is super cute. Lovely blue shade.

Barbara Cook said...

wow, what a nice post and idea! Actually, since Halloween is coming, I ve been looking for some easy homemade halloween costume ideas to try this year. And this post just gave me an idea. Thanks a lot!

Jason Holton said...

I love peacock. Celebrate Halloween with toddler Halloween Costumes.

Wendy Hinckley said...

Hi Christy, I can't find the diagram when I follow the link. Have you removed it? I would love to see how you did the tail! Will you please email it to me?
wendyhinckley13@gmail.com

Thank you!

Christy said...

The listing sold out, sorry about that. I've now renewed it so there should be plenty more for downloading.