Colonial Boy Costume
As October begins, I want to revive a post from my previous blog, Straddling the Gap. This young man is my son, who is now a sophomore in college. I made this costume for him when he was in the 5th grade for Colonial Day. However, this experience in costume making was very insightful for me. I learned several things:
1. It doesn't have to be expensive;
2. The workmanship doesn't have to be perfect unless it will be worn repeatedly; and
3. The number 1 rule of making costumes - it only has to look good from 10 feet away.
The story of this costume was the classic last minute deadline. I knew there was a Colonial Day coming, but didn't know the exact date. My son was pretty low key about the whole thing (let's face it, he is still pretty low key about everything). The night before Colonial Day I realized we didn't have a costume. In less than 3 hours and for less than $10, I made this costume.
Then, I took the brown t-shirt, cut it right up the front and cut off the sleeves at the shoulder seam. I also sewed some non-functioning buttons up the sides. Voila - commoner Colonial vest. Does it matter that there are no hems where I cut? No - it's a costume.
Because I didn't have a white button shirt in my son's size, I used a men's size which was too big. No problem - I cut out the middle section of the shirt and sewed the bottom back on. Yeah, there's a horizontal seam on the front of the shirt, but I managed to match the buttons up and there was a nice hem in the bottom of the shirt.
In order to create puffier sleeves, I cut the cuffs off the sleeves and put in elastic at the wrist. I cut the gauze into a triangle for a neck kerchief to go under the shirt - like an ascot. Then it was time for the hat. I started with this straw cowboy hat: