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Picture of Easy Pope Costume (optionally No Sew!)
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This is a very simple pope costume for a child (though it could easily be modified for an adult).

It only took us 1 night and about $20 to make this costume. 1 trip to the fabric store for the trim pieces and taffeta.

After our trip to Italy in 2010, we decided to recreate some of the memories for our Italian costume theme.

Step 1: Supplies

Picture of Supplies
1 - white button down shirt (adult-sized for a kid's costume)
2 - yards of white satin-y/taffeta type material (main part of the costume / hat covering)
1 - blue robe (for use as a belt -- we used some graduation honor cords we had around the house)
2 - 8.5x11 sheets of thin craft foam (the basis of the hat)
1 - can of spray adhesive
1 - 1' of light blue fringe trim
1 - strip of light blue fabric (sash)
2 - cross appliques (iron on)
1 - 3' wide/fancy gold ribbon (hat trim)
1 - small square of red felt (inside of the hat)
1 - big/fake plastic "diamond" ring
1 - hot glue gun / glue sticks
1 - sewing machine (optional)
5? - safety pins to hold things together
 
free tibet10 months ago

Thank you so much for the instructions! I was dreading spending hours on making a pope costume because the costume companies don't make pope costumes in children's sizes for whatever reason, and seeing your post was very inspiring and helpful. However, I did do two things differently. I went to a Goodwill store and found a woman's blouse with a round stand-up collar in a shiny fabric and used a pencil to mark a rough arc and cut off everything below the arc. I then used a seam ripper to open up the sleeve seam and torso seam so that what was left of the sleeve was no longer a tube. As you can see in the photo, the cape doesn't quite look like the pope's cape, because the pope's cape has no seams, but it's close enough! Also, I happened to have a white bathrobe which was close to my son's height, a white dress shirt would have been too short for him. The bathrobe also has the advantage of spreading out more from the hips and being warm, since this will be for Halloween. Again, thank you for the really helpful instructions!

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ChrysN3 years ago
Cute!
mazinbenny (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks! We think so too! ;)