As we head in to summertime, the weather over the last few months have proved to be anything but typical for the time of the year, and us Brits love nothing better than discussing our erratic weather, so why not have a ‘Weather’ Fancy dress party?
Here are some of our weather costume ideas…
- Twister – yes, there is a Twister costume (the game though) on the market, here it is on the right
- Sun burnt – using a blusher, or Snazaroo facepaint cover your face, but leave a sunglasses ‘white spot’. This could be taken further (if you want)!
- Snowman costume – and you thought you wouldn’t see it again until next Christmas
- Ski Wear
- Umbrella with pictures of cats and dogs hanging down from it
- As above, but with stair rods hanging down
- Whoppee Cushion costume for ‘Windy’
- Jack Frost – wear all white with snowflakes hanging down
- Bathing costume
- Indian Summer – wear an Indian costume and hold a fan to show heat
- Halo – appears around the moon and the sun – wear an angel costume
- Rainbow – wear a costume from the kids TV series
- Dust Devil – wear a Devil costume holding a duster
- Storm – Superhero character
- Apollo – God of the sun – wear a Roman costume
Today in 1826, Ebenezer Butterick was born. The name may not be familiar to most people, but it is he who is credited with inventing tissue paper patterns. Although not as widely used as they once were, these are the basic means by which clothes (and therefore, obviously, costumes) can be made. If you have never had the pleasure of dealing with these pattern things, they are a bit like a jigsaw. It’s not so much a question of fitting pieces together at once, as getting the pieces to fit the materials you are working with to start with (having regard to matters such as the nap, weave and ‘hang’ of the fabric). Messing around with patterns nowadays may seem a bit pointless, particularly considering the mechanised manufacturing process for mass-produced clothing. Some clothes, and for that matter costumes, can be seemingly priced at less than the cost of the materials (let alone the labour), that is unless, of course, you are creating something out-of-the ordinary, for example such as you might find here at Props & Frocks. If you need thematic inspiration for the day, how about ‘Made To Measure’?