The year I wore this Homemade Lion Tamer Ringmaster Costume from Britney Spear's song "Circus". It was popular and I really loved the costumes in the video. This costume, made mostly from thrift store finds and eBay items.
Items needed: Top Hat - From Savers Thrift Store Vest or Jacket with Tails - From local thrift store Bustier - From eBay Black Pants - Thrift Store Stuffed Lion - Thrift Store Embellishments such as sequins, jewels, tassels, diamons, etc... - from craft store - I bought mine at a fabric overstock that sells by the pound. Ringmaster stick - dollar store Lion Stuffed Toy for the Purse - Thrift Store
I bought everything and embellished it with the items you see in the photo to give it some contrast. The hardest part was making the lion purse, which wasn't terrible. I bought an old lion toy at a thrift store and open the seam on the back and removed the stuffing. I then inserted a liner with some fabric I had around the house to make a little pocket inside for my cash and things while out. I added a zipper, which was really hard, but would recommend some other type of closure to keep things simple. A button or velcro would work just fine I think. I then sewed a strap onto the back and tied the other end around his neck like a leash.