Halloween is next month and I wanted to have a great costume. However, I did not know what I was going to be yet! Frantically, I started brainstorming and came up with the idea of being a chicken. I wanted a costume that was both fun and age appropriate and felt that this homemade chicken costume idea fit the job description perfectly!
To start, I bought a long, white, hooded sweater from American Apparel (since most of their clothes are free of any design or text). This sweater serves as the base as the whole costume. I bought 8-10 white feather boas which I sewed on to the sweater (around the bodice and the arms). For the red comb on top of the hood, I cut up some red felt into the shape of the comb and sewed it along the curve lines (making sure to leave the bottom unsewn for stuffing). I turned the comb inside out and stuffed it with some cotton batting. I sewed the comb onto the top of the hood. Same instructions applied for the little wiggly thing on the bottom of the hood opening.
I bought a pair of yellow tights for the chicken legs. Lastly, I had to make the chicken feet. For this, I bought a pair of fake Crocs and some yellow dish gloves. I tucked the thumb and the pinky fingers inside the dish gloves and stuffed the rest of the fingers with cotton batting. I slipped the gloves on to the front of the shoes and VOILA!!! I had myself a homemade chicken costume!
For anyone wishing to give this idea a try, I'm forewarning you, it is NOT a cheap costume and requires a lot of time and effort. In total, I'd say this costume cost roughly $180- $200 to make.
The homemade chicken costume was definitely a hit though and all my friends are still talking about it today!!