How to Make a Costume Codpiece

The codpiece first came into fashion during the Renaissance. Men wore tights that only covered their legs, and they risked exposing themselves when sitting or riding a horse. Costume codpieces do not have to serve the original function, only provide a bulge on a man's costume. You can make a simple codpiece using a thong and a scrap of fabric, which can be worn over or under your clothing depending on the needs of your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Thong

  • Fabric

  • Scissors

  • Straight pins

  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

  • Polyester batting

  • Decorative elements

Step 1

Cut a triangle of fabric that is two to three times larger than the triangle on the thong, depending on how large you want your codpiece to be.

Step 2

Fold 1/4 inch of the triangle's sides back to hide the cut edges. Cut a small notch in each corner to allow this.

Step 3

Pin the triangle to the thong with straight pins. You will have to gather the edges of the triangle somewhat to make it line up with the smaller thong.

Step 4

Sew the triangle to the thong, leaving a 1-inch gap at the top.

Step 5

Stuff the codpiece with polyester batting.

Step 6

Finish sewing the codpiece shut.

Step 7

Decorate the codpiece as required by your costume, using sequins, beads, glitter or whatever other materials you want.

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