This year my husband coaxed me into being something more attractive than my past costume choices. I kept nixing all his suggestions until he said "Mary Poppins". I knew I had something in my Halloween box to use as the black overcoat - the main part of this costume, and could figure out the rest.
So I started this Mary Poppins costume by getting a picture of the original Julie Andrews character on the internet. I printed it to work from.
The coat is actually a priest's robe from an old costume. The fit and length were perfect. I just had to pin the corners back so it would show the skirt.
The skirt I bought at the second hand store for $2.98. It was the wrong color blue (a very bright, light blue), but I picked up a box of Rit dye in navy and hoped it would darken it just enough. And, it did!
At the same 2nd hand store I found a green derby style hat, again only $2.98! It was a wicker type and so I was able to just push down the rounded top to make it flat. Then I spray painted it all black. At the craft store I got a daisy bunch for $1.99, and a berry candle ring for $3.99. I just hot-glued the separated flowers and berries in place.
I can sew and have lots of fabric on hand, so I made the carpet bag and the lace "shirt" (which is really only a 'dickey' made with some scrap white fabric and some lace I had). Some red ribbon finalized the top.
My final purchases were the umbrella ($4.00) and the scarf($6.00) which both came from Big Lots!
My family loves Mary Poppins and the kids' grandmother and me put this Mary Poppins and Bert costume together. My mom made the coat as well as the little pleated collar with the bow at the neck.
I found a cheap straw hat and died it black. When I died it the hat kind of shrunk and the brim sort of ruffled and it looked perfect! Then I attached plastic daisies and cherries I found at a fabric store.
For the umbrella I took green felt, folded in half so it would cover the umbrella handle, and then I drew a parrot's head on both sides and then glued it on with hot glue. We finished Mary off with the white gloves we had in her dress-up box and applied the rosy cheeks.
I bought Bert the chimney sweep's black sweats at Walmart and I found the hat at Goodwill and dyed it black. I then spray-painted a bottle brush for his chimney sweep and ashed up his cheeks.
These costumes were great because everyone, young and old, identified them because the movie is such a classic.
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