My daughter wanted to be a Peacock for Halloween, but all of the costumes available were either dresses or skirts with tails that hang off of your shoulders (like fairy wings). She did not want that – she wanted to look like the bird!
So we sewed up a Girl's Peacock Costume with royal blue crushed velvet. We sewed feathers shapes to the arms to look like wings, and made the “bottom” extra large so that we could line it with foam and fill it with fluff. This was also the support for the tail.
For the tail, I sewed a fan shaped base, lined with foam. Dowel sticks were then inserted and glued in. We layered the tail with about 30 peacock feathers, and then the sword feathers and then we used green, blue and black feathers at the base. The tail would then insert into the body piece by lining up the dowel sticks to the slots sewn in the back.
The mask was decorated in the same fabric and sequined and feathered. The beak was added last. To make the Girl's Peacock Costume complete, we used face paint to paint her eyes and added blue swirls on her cheeks. She got a lot of attention at trick-or-treat!
My inspiration for this Homemade Peacock Costume was Victoria's Secret 2007 fashion show. Heidi Klum wore a giant silver snowflake, which opened up as she walked down the runway. I am also a huge bird lover.. macaws, parakeets, owls, crows… any cutie with feathers…oaaohh I just can’t explain! So I thought it would be perfect to combine the size/mechanism of the snowflake costume with the colors and boldness of a peacock.
The costume took about a month to make, completely by hand. I started with a welded copper wire fan frame, then sewed on the green spandex base fabric. Got 100 real peacock feathers and hot-glued them to the green fabric. Then glued blue sequins fabric strips and circles to add more pattern.
As a finishing touch, I airbrushed the white feather stems a metallic turquoise and glued rhinestones all over. I also wired in a pulling mechanism to open and close the tail by rope. The bodysuit was originally white but I dyed it blue and added rhinestones. Gloves were white but I airbrushed them turquoise.
Have a great Halloween!
Here is a YouTube video of the costume in action :)
I knew I wanted to make this Homemade Sexy Peacock Costume a few months before Halloween. I had ordered the corset online. The tutu, is two tutus put together, and I had glued some of the peacock feathers onto the tutu. For the peacock tail I ordered a plain black feather fan. I had to sew on black satin fabric around the plastic part so that the fan would stay opened. I then ordered the teal and purple peacock feathers. I changed up my colors to be different from the normal peacock feather colors. I cut the feathers to the lengths that I wanted then hot glued them onto the back of the fan.
To attach the tail onto the corset I used Velcro. I would recommend just sewing the tail on the corset to ensure that it will last the whole night. I also got a masquerade mask and tweaked it to match my costume perfectly. My boyfriend also got a masquerade mask, this way we turned the costume into a couples costume.
It's safe to say my costume was a hit and I shook my tail feather all over Atlantic City.