I tried to replicate this Raven Costume this year. I was willing to put the time into making it since I would be using it while volunteering at the hospital as well as going to a few parties. I loved the feathers and the bustle. And, it seemed easier than making a shark costume.
I hard a hard time photographing how it turned out because I was mostly by myself. But here’s what I got:
The breast feathers were a bit fluffier than in Martha’s picture, but I’m generally happy with it. I used some hair combs for the hair feathers since my hair is too short for putting up and just having feathers stuck into.
Here’s the whole thing. The bustle/tail is my favourite part. Instead of pinning it to my clothes, I created a loop out of the felt, and slid a belt through it. This made it really easy to take on and off again – which is key because sitting down with a tail isn’t as easy as animals make it look. This must be why we lost ours somewhere along the evolution line.
I had a beak too, but it kept trying to poke my eye out, so I ended up taping it to a chopstick – opera glass style. This method worked perfectly as I didn’t have to wear something on my face all night (which I hate), and I still got to have a beak. No good photos of it, though.
Prince Charming went as The Dude from the Big Labowski. He wore the sweater I knit him (which is only currently good as a costume, rather than an actual sweater – I keep meaning to fix it, but so far haven’t had time), and carried an empty milk jug. A pretty lazy costume, which is idea, for someone dressing up as The Dude, since he’s a lazy guy to begin with.
Hope you all had a fun Hallowe’en!
Next holiday: American Thanksgiving – What should I make?