Peter Pan is an attractive choice for a costume at Halloween or costume parties because it can be worn comfortably by both men and women. Purchasing a costume can be expensive, but being Peter Pan for a night doesn’t have to be a costly, overwhelming undertaking. Take a trip to Never Never Land on a budget by making your own Peter Pan costume out of simple materials, many of which you may have around the house.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Green felt
- Red feather
- Fabric glue
- Large green T-shirt (almost knee-length)
- Wide brown belt
- Green tights
- Brown eyeliner pencil
Measure the circumference of your head with measuring tape. Add an inch to this number and divide the number in half to get the width measurement for your hat. Cut out two isosceles triangles, each about 8 inches tall at the apex, with the long bottom edge being the same width as your width measurement.
Sew the two slanted sides of the triangles together using a straight stitch about ¼ inch away from the edge. Leave the straight, bottom edges unsewn so you can easily slip the hat over your head.
Cut two 1/4-inch slits in the middle of one side of the hat, one about 1 inch above the other. Slip the bottom of the red feather through the top slit and back out the bottom one. Apply fabric glue to the piece of the feather that sits inside the hat to hold it in place.
Cut a zigzag pattern at the lower hems of the T-shirt arms (where the sleeves stop on your biceps) so the sleeves look jagged. Cut the bottom hem of the T-shirt into larger zigzag shapes so they look frayed and worn. Do not cut too much off the length; the T-shirt should stop only a few inches above your knees.
Put on your green tights and T-shirt. Wrap the belt around your waist and buckle it into place. Pull up an inch or so of the T-shirt so it balloons over the belt just a bit.
Put on the moccasins. If your hair is long, place it in a high ponytail or bun. Place the hat on your head so most of your hair is covered. Draw freckles on your cheeks and nose with the brown eyeliner pencil.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're wary about sewing, try using craft or fabric glue as an alternative.
- Add accessories to your costume, such as cardboard sword to fight Captain Hook with or a vial full of Tinkerbell's pixie dust.
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