Otherwise titled, How to Make Your Own Costumes with Kids’ Clothes You’re Going to Keep Using…
A big thank you to Primary.com for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
We are costume DIY-ers here.
Sometimes we sew or create our own costumes from scratch and sometimes we cobble something fun together from the dress-up bin or the thrift store. We’ve made cat and dog costumes, luna moth and butterfly costumes, princess costumes, deer and fawn costumes, witch costumes, and more.
So, when the folks at Primary asked me to write a post about using their colorful clothes as the base for kids’ costumes, I said, “Heck, yeah!” Maybe more than once.
Primary’s colorful but basic kids’ clothing has been on my radar for a while now and I very much agree with their mission of providing an alternative for families looking for simple, fun, logo-free, comfortable clothing for kids. Their clothes are basic, yet colorful and comfortable, and made for living in and playing in, day after day.
The Costume Making Party
So we ordered clothes and invited some friends over for a costume-making party.
The idea was for each child to use the Primary outfit as the base for their costume. And for them to create masks and accessories to complete their vision of what they wanted to be.
We wanted the clothing to be used again for everyday wear and play after the costume was retired so did not to alter any of the clothes permanently.
Instead we used tape, safety pins, and elastic to attach items such as wings or tails. And if anyone needed spots or stripes for their costumes, we figured they could be created with duct tape or electrical tape (we almost had a zebra among us) as when Daphne and I made a glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume a couple years ago.
Our costume-making party was mostly about creating masks and making wings and tails. (I’ll share the specifics on how to create a paper plate mask for a kids’ costume as well as the cardboard wings and tails we used for our bird costumes in my next blog post.)
After the party, some of us parents did a little basic sewing (fox tails, etc) to complete costumes.
The kids’ costumes turned out great!
We had three bird costumes
Including two blue jays, with cardboard wings and paper plate masks over cobalt blue dresses. Oh, and their favorite part—feather boas I picked up at a thrift store.
- Daphne, age 7, wore the dress in cobalt.
- Emily, age 7, wore the short sleeve dress in cobalt and a pair of leggings in pool.
We had two fox costumes
- Lucia, age 8, was a red fox with a paper plate mask and a sewn fox tail attached with an elastic around her waist over the tank and leggings, both in cherry.
- Maia, age 11, was an arctic fox with a cardboard mask and a fake fur vest and tail over the long sleeve slim t-shirt and leggings, both in white.
And two “flying object” costumes
- Emerson, age 7, was a comet with a splatter-painted cardboard comet circle taped to his chest and a crepe-paper streamer comet tail over the henley in tangerine.
- Anjali, age 3, was a fairy with a sewn flower headband and fairy wings over the slim t-shirt and pocket skirt, both in grass, and the capri leggings in cobalt.
Will the kids all wear their new costumes on Halloween? Maybe! Most say yes, but my kids at least have been known to change their minds five times before Halloween.
Which is one of the reasons I like this idea of using simple clothing as the base for a costume. It can become the base for another costume as whims dictate and it can be used forevermore as a staple in the child’s wardrobe.
If you’d like to buy Primary clothing for the base of your kids’ costumes and/or to become their new favorite clothes to live and play in, you can check out their selection of clothes here.
They have all the basics in comfortable fabrics, fun colors, and styles that kids and parents will both be happy with.
My friends and I (the parents behind the scenes of this photo shoot) were impressed with the quality of the clothes and most of us are placing orders for more clothing.
The one thing some of us wished is that Primary would create a slim fit legging in addition to their baggier fit one, the way they have both slim fit T-shirts and baggier fit T-shirts. Perhaps it’s already in the works…
Disclaimer :: Primary.com sponsored this post and sent us clothing for free to feature in these costumes. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
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