How to Make a Paul Revere Costume

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How to Make a Paul Revere Costume
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Paul Revere was an American hero who is remembered for his "midnight ride." In the midst of the Revolutionary War, Paul Revere participated in an alarm system to warn cities of an impending British attack. Creating a costume that looks like Paul Revere and fits the colonial style of his time can be a quick and simple project or a more detailed and intricate undertaking.

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Things you need

  • White collared shirt
  • White or khaki trousers
  • Boots
  • A jacket (optional)
  • A candle or lantern
  • Gold or brass buttons (optional)
  • Black construction paper
  • Staples
  • A brown or black vest
  • A brown wig (optional)
  • Ribbon

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    Gather the articles of clothing for a Paul Revere costume. Paul Revere is often depicted wearing a white collared shirt with a vest over it. Purchase or make an oversized, white collared shirt. On top of this shirt, layer a brown or black vest. Try loosely tucking in the shirt loosely or leave it untucked for a different look. For the trousers of the costume, use fitted khaki trousers tucked into brown or black horse riding boots. Try substituting fitted white trousers if the khaki trousers are not your preferred choice.

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    Select appropriate accessories for the Paul Revere costume. The story of Paul Revere highlights his ride through cities, carrying a lantern to warn citizens of an ambush. Holding a lantern or candle enhances a Paul Revere costume and differentiates it from a typical colonial costume. If you do not have long, brown hair, find a wig that can be pulled back into a ponytail. Fasten the brown wig in a ponytail with a black ribbon. Add a black or brown colonial era hat to complete the accessories.

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    Wear an overcoat if you want another layer to make the costume more intricate. A dark blue, red, black or brown overcoat would match styles during this time period. If you purchase an older overcoat, it can be modified to match prominent styles during Paul Revere's time. Replace modern buttons with older, gold or brass -coloured buttons. If the style is still too modern, try sewing gold cord around the shoulders or in straight lines along the button holes, extending toward the side of the jacket.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use a lantern or candle for the costume, do not light a flame.

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