I made this Homemade Peacock Costume for an upscale Halloween party I was invited to in Houston. I knew I wanted to stay away from the stereotypical "Sexy Nurse", "Sexy Girl Scout", and "Sexy Dead Nurse Vampire Girl Scout" costumes, but I still wanted a costume that would grab attention. And, the peacock idea was born.
After some research I discovered the colorful peacocks were actually male. The females are more of a brownish/gray color. But if you want to be a progressive peacock and go against the norm this Halloween, I have the instructions for making a memorable peacock costume.
I bought a royal blue leotard online through Danskin. But, I'm sure you can find a leotard at any dance store. I decided "Sexy Peacock" would be out of the question, so I ran to Wal-Mart and bought black tights and an XL black dance skirt from the little girl's section.
For the feathers, I wanted an authentic look. So, I got on eBay and bid on 100 50-inch feathers. I ended up using about 50 feathers for the fan, and cut them to size.
I attached the feathers to a small piece of cardboard that I trimmed down to fit to the small of my back. Using a heavy duty stapler, I arranged the feathers and stapled them to the cardboard starting with the tallest feathers first and layering as I went.
Once I finished with the fan, I wrapped the cardboard in a long piece of black cloth leaving the ends of the cloth free to tie around my waist as a belt.
I topped the costume off with feathered eyelashes I bought at Wal-Mart and black heels to blend with the tights. And voila! A very pretty, male peacock costume.
This Pretty Peacock Costume was my 2008 costume which I decided I'm going to wear again this year, only elaborate on. It was completed in two days, and was a hit the night I wore it.
I began by sewing the bustier from an old pattern. I used a gorgeous peacock blue, and a gold rope to lace it, to resemble the small golden feathers on the peacocks back. I found an old broach that I glued pretty beads, sequence, and feathers onto, and pinned it to the front so the feathers fanned across my neck.
The skirt was fairly easy to make, sewed the fabric around a tutu, so it was full and fluffy. Although you cant see in the pictures, I wore a fluffy emerald petty coat underneath to give it more rich jeweled tones.
The tail was difficult, first for finding the tall feathers on such short notice, the second for arranging them. This is the part I'm going to elaborate on if I decide to wear this costume again. I arranged them on a table the way I liked them to fall, and then carefully glue-gunned them. Messy, but I glued the top of the feather pile to a soft fabric belt. I then cut a small slit in the back of my skirt, that way the belt can go around my waste, but hide in the tutu.
To top it off I covered a hair clip with the same feathers and beads, put on waterproof liquid eyeliner in a pretty pattern, and wore gold shoes with a ribbon that tied up the leg.
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