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rangerbeth
« on: October 24, 2004 11:11:19 AM »

My friend and I are going as "birds and bees" so I need a very inexpensive and quick bluebird costume.  So far what I have is: orange long socks for the legs, pair of blue jeans rolled up over that, a few blue feathers to do who knows what with. I was thinking about getting a blue sweatshirt and making some wings somehow, also I was going to spray my short hair blue.  Any other suggestions? I am trying to avoid looking too frumpy.  Thanks! By the way, Here is a picture of some unfortunate girl in a similar costume.

 
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nicegirl512
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2004 07:22:32 AM »

Those wings would be easy to make, just a half-circle of fabric and then stitch them by hand to your sweatshirt. 

Put on the sweatshirt and hold out your arms, and have someone measure from your back to your wrist.  This is the radius of your half circle. 
Take blue chiffon fabric and fold it in half.  Using your radius measurement, measure down the fold, and then all the way across the fabric (as though you were using a compass like in geometry).  You should have marked a quarter circle.  Cut it out, open it up, and voila, a half circle. You can finish the edges using a rolled hem foot on your sewing machine, or dilute fabric glue (the white kind that comes in a bottle and is similar to elmer's glue, not the clear kind that comes in a tube) and paint it along the edges with a paint brush to prevent fraying (put plastic grocery bags under it, the glue will stick to cardboard).  You can sew or glue on feathers (use the clear kind that comes in a tube and is touluene based for that), sequins, beads, etc. for decoration.  The sew it onto the sweatshirt with a whip stitch.  Easy.

You can make a beak out of felt and use elastic straps to hold it on, or make it out of craft foam and glue it to your nose with spirit gum.

LOVE the blue hair idea, that will look so cool.  You should slick it back and put a few feathers in it.

For a birds and bees theme, I'd also make a big red heart for your chest.
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rangerbeth
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2004 08:18:18 AM »

You are SO clever! Thanks so much for the wings instructions. The heart idea is GENIOUS! I was trying to make it look sort of cartoony.  I think I will paint big red balls on my cheeks.  Craft foam it is for the beak.  I am not familiar with spirit gum, but I was looking for a nontoxic glue for skin. You are the answer to all my questions. Thanks!
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