"mr. fredrickson, are snipes tall?"
"oh yes, very tall."
(in this case 5'10".)
our costumes turned out great. (in fact, we won a costume award at the party!) and i made both for less than $20.
dress: $3 (walmart clearance rack)
footless tights: $5 (walmart)
felt: $4 (hobby lobby/joann's)
mask: $2 (walmart)
pipe cleaners: $1 (dollar store)
shoes & capsleeve top: already owned
flannel: $1.50 (hobby lobby)
hat: $.50 (walmart clearance rack)
dowel: $.59 (hobby lobby)
bandanna: $.50 (hobby lobby)
felt: $.25 (hobby lobby) + already owned
backpack, scout shirt, shorts, & shoes: already owned
(plus a lot of time & effort!)
here are the basics of how i made the dress:
make a feather shaped template out of cardstock and trace it onto your felt.
cut out felt feathers and arrange them in an overlapping pattern, starting at the hem.
repeat a gazillion times using different colors of felt. (don't forget to make feathers for the wings at the shoulders of the dress, too.)
after i had them all arranged, i just hot glued them to the dress. you could probably sew them on...but i wasn't that ambitious. i also left gaps at the sides so i could still use the pockets. you could obviously omit this if your dress is pocket-less.
the rest was pretty easy compared to the time-consuming feathers. if you want to know how i did any of the other parts for either russell or kevin, feel free to leave a comment.
(p.s. these costumes are featured on sensibly styled! go check it out!)