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  • Trawling the high street for a fancy dress costume

  • is anything but a fairy tale.

  • But when it comes to World Book Day,

  • as always, Mumsnet has got you covered

  • with some quick and easy costume ideas that

  • are sure to impress on the day.

  • Mr. Fantastic Fox, a British classic and an ultimate

  • favourite for many children out there.

  • We picked up some things from local high street stores,

  • but you might already have a bunch of this in your child's

  • wardrobe at home.

  • We've got a really sweet check shirt.

  • This one actually even has foxes on it.

  • We've got a nice waistcoat on here and obviously a blazer

  • to make him especially smart.

  • And then this is just a kid's tie

  • that you can either have as a cravat

  • or you could do it as an actual tie for them.

  • But to make your child truly foxy,

  • they're going to need some ears and a tail.

  • You're going to need some orange felt, some beige felt,

  • some card, pencil and scissors, something

  • like an orange sock for the tail,

  • and something to stuff it with.

  • We've gone for bubble wrap.

  • You'll also need a headband.

  • We've obviously gone for orange, but whatever you have at home

  • is fine.

  • I would recommend cutting the shape

  • that you want for your ears on paper

  • before you cut into the felt. You

  • need three sizes of that shape--

  • one for the back of the ear, one for the middle of the ear,

  • and the piece of card that's going

  • to go in between so that they don't go floppy.

  • Stick those three together.

  • Take your headband and position them on either side.

  • You can then stitch or glue along the inside here.

  • You can see how we folded it over.

  • And there you have it.

  • You're nearly there.

  • Next, the tail.

  • All you need to do is take your stuffing and roll it up.

  • And then you stuff.

  • Make sure you have enough space at the end

  • so that you've got somewhere you can stick it

  • to their trousers or the bottom of their jacket as well.

  • You can do that with a safety pin.

  • Or if you're happy to, you could sew or stick it instead.

  • The most dapper, the most distinguished ensemble

  • for your World Book Day effort this year.

  • World Book Day need not just be about fictional characters.

  • There are plenty of inspirational autobiographies

  • aimed at children of all ages on the market these days,

  • looking at men and women who've done amazing things.

  • Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator

  • to fly solo across the ocean, and is the perfect inspiration

  • for your World Book Day costume.

  • You're going to need a leather jacket, preferably

  • brown to make it look like an old-fashioned flight jacket.

  • One of your scarves, preferably cream.

  • Some aviator sunglasses, or any sunglasses, to be honest.

  • You want some sort of hat that comes down

  • over their ears to make it look like an old flight cap.

  • Brown boots or brown shoes, and then

  • some beige or brown trousers would do the trick.

  • For a windswept look, take an old metal coat hanger.

  • Untwist it and bend it into the shape you need.

  • This part is going to fly out the back,

  • whereas this part hooks over your child's shoulder

  • under their jacket, so that it can't be seen.

  • I'm just going to cover the ends with masking tape, which

  • makes it a bit more comfortable and a bit more safe.

  • Then, attach an edge to your scarf with the coat hanger,

  • either with stitches or glue.

  • And it should stand out behind you

  • and give the illusion of a windswept scarf blowing

  • in the wind as you pilot your plane.

  • For the plane, you need a box big enough for your child

  • to be able to wear it, but small enough to get through a door.

  • Some extra cardboard, these are the shapes needed.

  • Glue together with hot glue the wings, the tail, propeller.

  • We've added a plastic lid for the nose.

  • Add ribbon straps to go over your child's shoulders

  • and you're all set.

  • We've modelled our next costume on our little mousy friend

  • from The Gruffalo.

  • But if you're reading Stuart Little or another book with

  • a mouse in it, you could easily repurpose this and just make

  • sure the felt you're using is the right colour

  • for your little mouse character.

  • You're going to need some brown trousers and a brown hoodie.

  • It needs to have a hood.

  • Some brown, pink, and white felt, a piece of card.

  • Either a glue gun or, if you can sew, a needle and thread.

  • So let's give it a go.

  • Once you've cut out your pieces for the ear,

  • take your brown piece.

  • Put a piece of card in the right shape in the middle.

  • And then you're going to stick or sew

  • your pink piece over the top.

  • Put that to the side to dry if you're glueing.

  • Then, on your white felt, measure this against your child

  • and just cut it oval shape in the shape of the stomach.

  • You're then going to stick that on top of the brown hoodie.

  • And finally, mousie's tail.

  • You just need a piece of scrap pink felt.

  • And you're going to at the end make it quite a tight coil,

  • getting slightly bigger towards the body.

  • And then you're just going to glue or sew that into place.

  • And then with the end here at the thick part,

  • you can use that to sew it or glue it to your hoodie.

  • If you can sew, or if you're willing to give it a go,

  • one of the benefits is that this costume will probably stand

  • the test of time a bit longer.

  • Because you can throw it in the washing machine and it

  • will just be that bit more durable than if you glue it.

  • If you're using glue, once it's dry, take your ear.

  • To create a bit of a 3D effect, I've

  • just folded over the sides.

  • And then stick them into place.

  • If you do want to be able to still use the zip,

  • you might need to cut through the middle of the oval

  • and stick it in two halves on either side of your zip.

  • We've chosen to leave the tummy as a single piece,

  • because our kid can just pull this hoodie over his head

  • quite easily.

  • And then we've sewn the tail to the hoodie like so.

  • And there you have it, a super quick and easy--

  • and if you want it to be, sewing free-- costume

  • for World Book Day.

  • We hope you've enjoyed these book-inspired costumes

  • and found some inspiration to help you have a fantastic World

  • Book Day.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/03/05
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