This Marionette Pinocchio was a somewhat difficult costume to complete because of the mechanical part. The outfit wasn’t too difficult. I had to find the right type of blouse, vest, dress, and hat. I found a sleeveless pleated black dress (really cute) added some German type binding. I did the same thing to the vest. The blouse was plain but had a nice collar and puffy sleeves.
I wore black stockings with red socks and red sneakers. I also wore red gloves. The hat was a German style hiking hat and I added hiking buttons and stickers to it. That completed the outfit. For the mechanism part, I made a sleeve in the inside of the back of the dress and vest and inserted a long but small round width pole to extend over my head approx. 1 feet. Then I made an X with flat boards approx 10 inches long and drilled them to the top of the long pole. I added string to the ends of the X and extended them to my ankles and wrists.
This costume won first place at our local Halloween party.