Everyone knows about the Three Musketeers. These men from the classic novel are famous; Athos, Porthos and Aramis are part of the king’s Musketeers, an elite group of soldiers answerable only to the king. In the story, the Musketeers are disbanded by the malicious Cardinal, but they stick together still while training their apprentice, D’Artangan. Today, the Musketeers make wonderful group Halloween costumes, especially for friends and family members.
This costume is inexpensive and perfect for small children. You need about a yard of dark purple or royal blue cloth and some gold fabric paint. Hem the edges of the cloth, and fold it exactly in half. Cut a neck hole at the fold to create a tunic. Paint a gold cross on the front of tunic, and dress your child in black trousers and shoes to complete the outfit. Depending on your child’s age, you can also make him a sword from two dowel rods spray-painted silver and nailed together to form a blade and crosspiece.
Ladies can be Musketeers, too, in this modern age. You’ll need about 2 yards of royal blue fabric, silver or gold fabric paint and some gold or silver twisted cord. Fold the cloth in half from the sides, and cut a neck hole along the fold. Create a boat-neck, scoop-neck or V-neck tunic, according to your tastes. Trim the ends of the tunic front and back into a handkerchief-style point, and hem all the edges. Decorate the edges with gold or silver paint, and paint a cross on the front of the tunic. Use the twisted cord to cinch the tunic tight to your waist to show off your feminine curves. Wear an oversized white shirt, black leggings and black boots underneath.
This opulent costume is for the highest-ranking Musketeers. Get about 2 yards of dark blue velvet, and hem all the edges. Fold it in half, and cut a slit in the fold for a neck hole. Hem the slit, and decorate the neck hole and the edges of the tunic with gold lace. Paint a gold cross on the front of the tunic. Make a Musketeer’s hat from a straw hat with a flat top and very wide brim. Spray-paint the hat black, and staple one side of the brim to the side of the hat’s top. Glue a few red and white feathers into the fold, and you’re ready to defend France.
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