I got a lot of compliments on this Mother and Baby Optical Illusion Costume, and double-takes, with this costume. I bought a dress from a thrift store and cut a hole in the back for my torso. The rest of the dress was stuffed with newspaper and a curtain rod supported the head and shoulders of the “mother”. I made the head out of paper-mache and pinned a wig and glasses on it.

To support the dummy, I had a belt on around my waist to keep the curtain rod against my body. The baby’s legs are also filled with newspaper and the socks are pinned on. The baby’s pants are tucked into the dress and the white shirt I’m wearing was long enough to cover it up and look pretty real.