DIY Shakespeare Costume
Halloween coming - a time of year that strikes fear into every parent. Where to get a good costume? I want to show you how easy it is to make costumes from recycled clothes with very little sewing skills. I've made costumes for Halloween and a number of plays and there is a secret you need to know - because the outfit will be worn for a limited time, it doesn't have to be well constructed. It just needs to look good from 10 feet away.
To be or not to be? Hamlet, Act III, Scene I. To sew or not to sew? Years ago, my son played a young Shakespeare in the modern world trying to sell his plays to Hollywood producers. Enter stage left - a Shakespeare costume! I considered it a personal challenge for me and Goodwill. "Do you think I am easier to be played on than a pipe?" Hamlet, Act III, Scene II. This costume could double for cosplay or any medieval look.I looked through lots of pictures on the internet and decided I wanted a long sleeve "flowing" shirt, a vest, tights and a slouchy beret. I had the fabric to make the vest, so I started with that. No pattern? No problem! I used one of my son's t-shirts and outlined the width of the shoulders, arm holes and neck opening. I made it extra long so it looks more like a vest. No need to be too exact - it's not fitted. "Though this be madness, yet there is method in 't." Hamlet, Act II, Scene II.
I found some great maroon velveteen stretch fabric I had in the closet and covered the sides of basketball shorts to wear over the tights.