At my house we have 11 peacocks. I have been extremely fascinated with them FOREVER! I didn’t think of using the feathers for anything until graduation came around and we could decorate our caps. I decided to use the peacocks feathers. After that was finished I thought it would be quite sweet if I could make a peacock costume. I fell in love with the idea and soon started making it!
The Tricky Tail
I started with a thick plastic piece. It was plastic made from the same material as folders for school. I cut the plastic into an arch so I could glue feathers to it. I started with the “t” feathers that stick out over the eye feathers. I only used 4 of them because I wanted more of the eye feathers. I then started attaching the eye feathers in front of the “t” feathers how a peacock has them. I got board of doing that so I then started working on the bottom half of the tail. I used feathers that had the eyes one them, but they also had a frilly like bottom to them. (I’m not quite sure what they are called.) I used another peacock feather one the back of those to make it more sturdy. I then finished up by putting the eye feathers on all the way to the bottom. If you knew me then you would know that I can’t be finished yet. I have to go all out. I turned the tail around and started to put the backside on. I put the back supporting tail feathers on just like a peacock has when it spreads its tail feathers. After that I cut out a small arc again for some more support and for something to glue my next feathers onto. I had to add their little fuzzy feathers at the bottom to top it off. I then stuck some thick string through everything and made a loop so I could attack some hooks to hook to my cores To keep the tail from leaning to the left or right I used safety pins and pined it to my tutu.
The Complicated Corset
For my top I bought a corset from our Halloween store. I wasn’t to worried about what the hot glue would to to the the corset :) I cut up some small eye feathers and placed them on the corset in a fancy wave like pattern. I started in the back and moved across the front to the other backside. I loved how it complemented my curves when I was finished. I burnt my fingers so many times on this part. My fingers still hurt…
The Final Touch
For the very last part I didn’t want to use a lot of feathers and take away from the tail. My tutu had 4 layers on it. I decided to place some feathers in between the layers. I started at the top layer, then moved to the bottom, then middle, then bottom….ect. I liked how it turned out. It didn’t take away from the tail at all.
When my consume was all put together I was stoked! I have never been so proud of myself. I went to a Halloween party in Iowa City and was the hit of the party. Everyone loved it! I got so many compliments and pictures. For Halloween I had to walk around my neighbor hood and show all my neighbors since they hear our peacocks ALL the time. They were in all in awe when I walked up to their doors. If I could, I would wear my tail all the time! I am in love with it. Hopefully all of you think so too!
Words of Encouragement
If you want to make this costume, you won’t regret it! I got lucky with not having to buy all the feathers, but if you have to it is worth it! You’ll be in the spot light! Enjoy!