I have wanted to be a peacock for the past few years but always waited until the last minute - and I didn't want to do it unless I could do it right. I did this Homemade Pretty Peacock Costume in two days but I had to order the peacock feathers online two weeks out, a hundred genuine feathers for about $35.
The top is very simple to make. I took a yard of fabric and hemmed the 3 sides, the 2 short ones and a long side. I waited to sew the bottom edge so I could shorten it I wanted to. To make the neck tie, I took two pieces of fabric about 4 inches wide and 1 ½ feet long and sewed one on each top corner. I wrapped it around my back and put the 2 top corners together. I pulled them together to my chest and secured it with a ribbon. Then I individually twisted each corner of the fabric, then twisted those together and tied it in bow around my neck.
In the front I only sewed about 6 inches of fabric together right under the knot and left the bottom part open. I trimmed the bottom to make it the length I wanted. I had to shorten it so that my petticoat would show on all sides - then hemmed the bottom edge.
I bought a tutu from a costume shop and cut off the elastic and sewed in a ribbon to make the waist a drawstring and look more like a petticoat. I cut it in half and cut about a foot off the end to make it less poufy and sewed the edges back together.
To make the tail I started with an oval piece of cardboard. I glued the long feathers in rows on the front side and backside leaving 3 inches on the bottom of the oval. I did the same thing on the bottom but made them much shorter so I could sit without worrying about them.
I wrapped a fake gold leather ribbon around where the ends of the feathers met to cover the seam. I put Velcro to attach the feathers to my belt and so I could take the feathers off if I wanted to. I made the belt out of the same ribbon and put Velcro in the center. I cut two slits in the back of the dress that I put the belt through so it attached to the feathers but wouldn't show on the outside of the costume.
To make the top embellishment, I bought a pretty gold button, glued feathers on the back and attached it to the dress with more ribbon. My awesome friend did my hair and makeup and covered me in glitter.
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