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« on: October 25, 2009 10:23:53 AM »


Just wanted to share my costume. I went to my first Halloween party of the season last night and the (drunk) people there liked it! Smiley

I wore colored extensions in my hair (x4 @ 3.50 each from Claire's or Icing) and bought some feathered fake lashes ($5 at Walgreens), I had all my makeup on hand (I'm an eyeshadow nut!). I had a pair of peacock clips in my accessories from Forever 21 that I got about a six months ago in Connecticut.

I'd never worn eyelashes before and didn't know whether to do my makeup first or second. Definitely do the makeup FIRST, then apply the lashes!

My dress I got from Sears (I think it was about $35) and it is still functional as a dress, the peacock train is fully detachable. I had my shoes on hand and picked up a pair of sheer pantyhose.


For the feather contraption, I used:
  • Gorilla Glue
  • two shades of tulle (1 yard each @ 1.25 per yard at Walmart)
  • an eBay lot of 100 feathers (varying lengths but most are over 3 feet long...and 100 was waaaay too many. I used 30 at the most.)
  • thick elastic for attaching the dress to the feathers
  • thin elastic for attaching the two layers together
  • and elastic jewelry line for attaching the feathers to the second layer, one by one.

I Gorilla Glued the first layer of feathers to the darker shade of tulle from the underside so the feathers would show perfectly in a fan. If I'd had more time or ambition, I could have created a wire bustle underneath using this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbxRdDjp67g) tutorial. That was sort of what I had envisioned. So the first fan I used Gorilla Glue but the second fan I tried using the clear, elastic jewelry/fishing line. I tied about 15 feathers in place and scrunched them together in a casual fan shape on top of the Gorilla Glue layer. The resulting layers were tied together using elastic and then attached to the dress. I wore a thick (1"+) piece of elastic just under my bustline, knotted in the back. The piece of elastic was about 18" longer than my bustline so that the end could pop out the back of my dress over the top, like where your bra would hook (That's the white you see on the back of the dress, it was pretty thick elastic). That 18" of elastic was wrapped around the feather contraption and secured. Then a piece of leftover tulle was used to 'cover the raw edges' (which wasn't the most professional job, I admit). I'm happy with how it came out and it was plenty cute and creative for the group I was around (pre-fab costumes that bordered on slutty/oversexed).

If I did it again, I would use Gorilla Glue all the way. It dried kind of stiff so it does give some structural integrity to the piece. I would have done 3-4 cascading layers and left more of the white feather quill part in tact so that the elastic could wrap around that, possibly after using floral tape to first wrap up the white quills/feather edges. I would suggest attaching the feathers at more than one point to the dress simply because to me, in the mirror, it looked better when the feathers were flush with the dress. But at the party, from a practical standpoint, having the feathers attached up high at one point made the feathers more mobile so I could shift them to sit down. It would have sucked to not be able to sit for the whole party.

Comments/criticism welcome but only in a constructive sense. I am also happy to provide more explanation on the construction of the costume. I will be wearing it out again next weekend for actual Halloween Smiley
« Last Edit: October 25, 2009 10:24:47 AM by cassiecate57 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009 12:24:24 PM »

Wow! I love peacocks, and the costume looks great on you. Loving the eyelashes too.

« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009 10:29:57 PM »

Wow I love this! It's better than any peacock costume you buy for sure!
Great job.

« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2009 05:05:32 AM »

Wow, very original and classy! Great job!  Smiley

I'm interested in personal swaps, PM me!

Happy Crafting! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009 01:47:50 PM »

Yours is very similar to one I made a couple years ago.  Except I had a long dress and mom and I cut it shorter in the front.  But I also wore feathers on top of my head and long gloves, and so many people in the dark bar thought I was like a can-can girl or something.  The feathers on my butt apparently weren't noticable enough.  Yours look better.  The tulle under them was obviously the right choice!  Smiley

« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009 10:22:44 PM »


your dress + feathers looks more put together. I hate how the raw edges of the feathers don't really look "done" at the crux of where the dress meets the feathers. I loved everything about the outfit except that little bit...

Thanks, everybody. I dreaded coming back to the thread for fear of mean comments...I should have known better on Craftser, you folks are always friendly.

I got really inspired by a peacock costume posted on Craftster a few weeks ago...it came across my Facebook feed. I have a personal obsession with them so it only seemed fitting I'd don the look for myself Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009 12:06:38 PM »

I love it, and I'm totally sober. Wink
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010 05:38:57 PM »

Oh, that is so awesome! Now to find and occasion so I can make my own version...
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