How to Make an Adult Peter Pan Costume

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Take a break from adulthood and make a custom Peter Pan costume for the child who never ages. The included pattern can be enlarged to any size and both men and women can go on adventures.

Off to Never Never Land
Off to Never Never Land (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • 2 1/2 yards of green fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • 1/2 yard of green felt
  • 1/2 yard of brown felt
  • Red feather
  • Felt glue
  • Leather belt or trim
  • Jersey fabric or green tights
Peter Pan costume supplies
Peter Pan costume supplies (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Make a Shirt

Step 1: Measure for the Pattern

Measure around the shoulders of the person who will wear the costume. Place the measuring tape around the chest, arms and back, with arms down. Divide this measurement by four to find the "pattern width." For example, if the circumfrence around the shoulders is 40 inches, the pattern width would be 10 inches.

Step 2: Cut Out the Pattern

Print out the pattern pieces and enlarge them until the pattern width on the pattern is the same measurement as the pattern width from step 1. Cut out the paper pattern pieces and place them on the green fabric as shown. Cut one front piece, one back piece, and one collar.

Enlarge this image to scale to get a pattern.
Enlarge this image to scale to get a pattern. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 3: Sew Front to Back

Pin the front shirt piece to the back, with right sides together. Sew the shoulder seams and side seams 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sew together the body of the shirt.
Sew together the body of the shirt. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Tip

  • Flannel fabric and felt will not fray at cut edges, so no seam finishes are needed. If a seam finish is necessary to prevent fraying on a different fabric, use pinking shears to trim the seam allowances.

Step 4: Sew the Collar

Place the right side of the collar on the right side of the shirt at the neckline. Match up the notches on the front and back collar. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sew the collar to the neckline.
Sew the collar to the neckline. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Turn the collar up and press the seam allowance toward the body of the shirt. Stitch on the body of the shirt, 1/8 inch from the neckline seam, including the seam allowance in the stitch. This is called an "understitch" which keeps the collar in place.

Understitch the neckline.
Understitch the neckline. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Tip

  • For a quick Peter Pan costume throw together, start with an oversized green T-shirt with a collar, cut off the sleeves and hem it with a zigzag pattern.

Make a Hat

Step 1: Pattern and Cut

Place the tape measure at the wearer's forehead, where the hat will sit and measure the wearer's head. Divide that measurement by two. Place the tape measure on top of the felt and draw a triangle around the tape measure, following the photograph. Cut two identical triangle pieces.

Draw a triangle for the hat.
Draw a triangle for the hat. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 2: Sew

With both pattern pieces together, sew along the top and back sides of the hat, leaving the bottom open.

Sew 1/8" from the edge.
Sew 1/8" from the edge. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 3: Turn Up End

Turn the hat right-side out. Fold up the back side a couple inches.

Fold up the back of the hat.
Fold up the back of the hat. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 4: Add a Feather

Cut two small holes on one side of the hat, close to the fold. Place the feather through the cut holes and add a small amount of felt glue to secure the feather in place.

Attach a red feather.
Attach a red feather. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Make Shoe Covers

Step 1: Cut the PIeces

Measure the length of the shoe that the shoe cover will be worn over. Place that measurement flat on the felt, and draw the shape of a shoe following the image, leaving 3/4 inch allowance at either end of the tape measure. Cut four identical pieces out of felt to make one pair of shoe covers.

Draw a shoe cover longer than the length of the shoe.
Draw a shoe cover longer than the length of the shoe. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 2: Sew Together

Place two pattern pieces together and sew along the back edge and the top front of the shoe. Stop at the ankle. Sew together the second pair of pattern pieces in the same way.

Sew 1/8" from the edge.
Sew 1/8" from the edge. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 3: Fold Over

Fold the flap over the boot. The wearer's foot goes through the ankle opening. The shoe cover can be worn with any type of shoe.

Wear these over shoes to look like Peter Pan!
Wear these over shoes to look like Peter Pan! (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Finishing Touches

A pair of green tights is the ultimate addition to a Peter Pan costume. Leggings will also work. Look in the hosiery department as well as athletic wear to find the perfect shade of green. Tie leather trim around the waist or use a brown belt to cinch in the shirt at the waist.

Green tights and a brown belt finish off the costume.
Green tights and a brown belt finish off the costume. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

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