My son loves to watch marching bands. We live in Ottawa and follow the Changing of the Guard throughout the summer. This year our son asked if I could make him a Homemade Grenadier Drum Major Costume. I figured it would be fun to try and make it.
I started with the jacket. I used a wool jacket that we were given as a base for the costume. I measured the fabric from the coat and then sewed it onto the jacket. I used fancy ribbon to cover over the seams.
I bought a small hat and a plastic bin from the Dollar store. I placed the bin on the hat and secured it with butterfly clips. I added some padding and duct tape. Finally, I took apart a stuffed gorilla and glued the fur onto the bin. I then cut out gold paper covered plastic to make the chin strap.
The rest of the costume was put together with bits and pieces I have collected over the years (including the fabric).
The total cost of the costume was approximately $20. I still have to finish the pants by sewing on red stripes on the side.
We made my three year old son a Homemade Royal English Guard Costume for Halloween. I used red material and sewed it into a long, fitted jacket. We trimmed it out with white piping for trim, lots of gold buttons down the front and on the cuffs/collar, and used black and white felt to make the fancy dress sleeve cuffs, shoulders and on the back tails.
They were made as close to the authentic costume as possible, including the white belt with gold buckle. The pants were black satin with red blood stripes down the side.
We used black fuzzy material to make the tall hat. We sewed it into shape and stitched it onto a sock hat so it would stay on better (which is also great if you're in cool weather!), and used braided gold/red ribbon type stuff as the chin strap. His candy bag was another hat. The only problem we had was that no one believed we'd made the costume and kept asking where we bought it.