BERNINA Halloween 2011 Cockatiel Costume
Added Oct 5, 2011
This took me forever to make! I started out with a circular tablecloth, a plain white bustier, and a huge white sweatshirt. I cut the bottom of the sweatshirt off leaving the hood, shoulders, and some chest covering. I cut the bottom hem to look like feathers and sequined them. I used the rest of the sweatshirt to make a bunch of feather shapes which either got sequined or covered in glitter.
I folded the tablecloth in half and did some shoddy cutting and draping in order to make wing like sleeves, I then covered the entire backside and some of the inside with the felt and sweatshirt “feathers”. At this time I decided glue on the rest of the sequins instead of sewing them one by one, this proved to be much easier and I had no problems with sequins coming off.
For my tail and belt I used some flannel and iron on interfacing to create the belt, “buckle” and long tail feather in back. As with the rest of this costume I finished by covering in beads sequins and glitter felt feathers.
The bustier was really easy! I got about three packs of turkey flat feathers and glued them on one by one until the whole thing was covered, Afterwards I glued on a few sequins here and there.
I cut up a boa and tied it around my neck and tucked it under the feather belt for warmth and coverage.
For the headdress I covered a manikin head in saran wrap and formed a narrow skullcap like shape down the middle of the head. I wrapped tinfoil around a pencil and flattened and fanned out the bottom to make that feather holder. I paper mache’d around the bases of these to secure. Once dry, I cut the form down to fit my head and then applied several layers of paint to seal it. I decorated the base with glitter and sequins and cut the feathers to size and secured them in the holders using hot glue.
Felt, cotton tablecloth, old sweatshirt, beads, feathers, sequins, glitter