The requirements for this costume:
1. Must look awesome.
2. Must be able to dance tango comfortably.
3. Must be constructed in 3 hours or less the night of Halloween tango ball!
This costume began when my boyfriend and I couldn't find anything for him to wear at the local costume shop and he hesitatingly asked if I could make him a wizard... with 24 hours to spare. I made my costume for the evening the next day and brought a bunch of craft stuff to his apartment that evening. The hat was made with brown paper bags, tape, wire, and many fittings. We stitched on the felt having only faith, but when we added the fur, it started to come together as a Russian-esqe wizard. My boyfriend made stencils to paint on the moon and stars, and found some bindis that he had (don't ask) that he glued onto the felt. I tucked an old bookmark I made with rooster feathers into the brim of the hat. The cloak was made in 15 minutes of frantic draping and stapling. I can sew... I just couldn't sew fast enough.... We belted it around his dancing clothes and pinned a curtain tassel around him. He had an Indian scarf that he wore as a sash. Presto Chango! I thought we hit on the old-school wizarding that was pre-Potter and, if I may, way more badass. The results:
We took these pics after the dance. You can see the white smudge on the hat left by our good friend Eric (the guy painted white in the dancing shots).
Everyone agreed his costume was the best. Extra points for DIYing it in 3 hours. Many spells were cast. He also wore it to the Barebones theatre production on Halloween night -- everyone loved it. Someone even tugged on the tip of his hat to see how it was made... or get attention. Boyfriend spun around, wand at hand, shouted ABRACADABRA! and turned him into a newt! Riotous laughter all around. Thanks for looking! C & C appreciated!