How to Create a Wendy Darling Costume

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Nana the dog watches Wendy and her brothers in the Darlings' nursery.
Nana the dog watches Wendy and her brothers in the Darlings' nursery. (Image: crissy2tay/iStock/Getty Images)

Wendy is the eldest of the Darling children, who live in London and travel to Neverland in J.M. Barrie's classic children's book. Walt Disney's film adaptation of "Peter Pan" brought the Darlings and the rest of the book's characters to life. Disney depicts Wendy as a pretty girl in a blue dress and hair bow who is reluctant to grow up. You can make a simple Wendy costume for your child that mimics this iconic look.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Wide, light-blue satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Liquid seam sealant
  • Long, light-blue dress or nightgown
  • Flesh-colored tights
  • Black ballet flats or slippers
  • Comb
  • Curling iron
  • Ponytail holder
  • Hairspray
  • Brown ribbon
  • White feather

Measure the child's waist and add approximately 3 feet to the measurement. Cut a piece of ribbon to that length, cutting on the diagonal. Test-fit the ribbon: Wrap it around the child above her natural waist, and tie it in a large bow in back. Trim the ends of ribbon to the desired length, and remove the ribbon. Apply liquid seam sealant to the cut edges, following the manufacturer's directions, and set the ribbon aside to dry.

Cut an 18-inch piece of ribbon for the hair bow. Cut on the diagonal, and apply liquid seam sealant to the cut edges to prevent fraying. Set the ribbon aside to dry.

Dress the child in the blue dress, tights and ballet flats or slippers. Tie the long piece of ribbon over the dress slightly above her waist, making a large bow in back.

Use the curling iron to create sausage curls along the lower portion of the child's hair. Gather the hair into a ponytail at the back of her head and secure it with a ponytail holder. Curl the bangs under, if applicable, and use the comb to smooth the front of the hair. Don't comb out the sausage curls. Adjust them with your fingers and apply hairspray. Wrap the smaller piece of ribbon around the ponytail and tie it into a bow.

Make an optional headpiece for Wendy that resembles the one she wears in Neverland. Measure the circumference of the child's head, and cut a piece of brown ribbon slightly longer than that measurement. Place the ribbon over the child's forehead and tie it in a knot at the back of her head above the ponytail. Tuck a white feather into the headband.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your child's hair is too short or long for Wendy's hairstyle, have her wear a wig instead. Purchase an inexpensive wig with long curls. Don't use a curling iron to style the wig, as it can melt synthetic fibers.
  • For a prop, have Wendy carry a plush Newfoundland or St. Bernard dog that resembles Nana.
  • Hem the dress, if necessary, so the length doesn't present a tripping hazard.
  • Use caution when using hairspray, especially on younger children. Look for a gentle hairspray in a pump dispenser or, if you prefer, eliminate the hairspray step.

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