How to Make Peter Pan Costumes

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Peter Pan is the boy who was never supposed to grow up and he's delighted adults and children alike for decades. A Peter Pan costume can be appropriate for both males and females of all ages. Wearing this costume allows you to dress as a classic character and have fun all at the same time.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • T-shirt
  • Red feather
  • Leather sandals or slippers, or black boots
  • Green sweatpants or green opaque tights
  • Green felt, enough material to wrap around the wearer's head when folded in a triangle
  • 2 yards of green broadcloth (or any cotton cloth)
  • Tailor's chalk or a good ink pen
  • Super glue
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 1 yard of gold or brown trim or rickrack
  • Leather belt
  • Stapler

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    Making the tunic

  1. 1

    Lay the broadcloth on a table or floor, whichever is your preferred working area. Fold the cloth in half lengthwise so that the side you want to show is to the inside.

  2. 2

    Fold the T-shirt in half, matching up the folds to the folded fabric.

  3. 3

    Draw an outline of the shirt onto the broadcloth using the tailor's chalk or pen, allowing at least one inch on the edges. Continue drawing down past the end of the T-shirt to make the tunic long enough to go below the hips. Flare out the outline to give extra room at the bottom.

  4. 4

    Cut out the outlined tunic from the broadcloth. Also cut out a small neck area in the broadcloth. The full neck portion of the tunic will be completed in a later step.

  5. 5

    Measure the cutout broadcloth and check arm length.

  6. 6

    Add the trim or rickrack to the sleeves and bottom edges using super glue.

  7. 7

    Sew underarms and sides, leaving about four inches at the bottom of each side. Sew a hem into the bottom and up the side slits so that there is still an opening. Finished sides should fall a few inches below the hips.

  8. 8

    Cut straight down the middle of the front, about three to four inches, in a square pattern. You can add trim to the neckline here as well. Another option for a more experienced seamstress is to cut button-sized holes along the neckline and add lace trim through the holes.

    The cap

  1. 1

    Fold the green felt square into a triangle and cut on the fold, creating two identical triangles. Fit the two triangle bases to your head.

  2. 2

    Glue or stitch the sides of the hat from the peak, to about an inch and a half from the base. Turn the cap inside out, making the seam not visible.

  3. 3

    Fold the bottom hem up about an inch and a half from the base of the cap and try the cap on. Cut the cap to fit -- leaving enough to make a seam -- connecting the two sides at their base.

  4. 4

    Glue or stitch the bottom of the folded edge of the base.

  5. 5

    Glue the feather onto the side of the cap.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a sewing machine, it can be used instead of needle and thread.
  • Caps can also be purchased in most costume stores.

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