How to make Costumes

costume

Basic rulles

  • Historic puppet costumes were inspired by the clothes of the Baroque period-for inspiration, look at a books of Baroque costumes.
  • Puppet costumes are better if they are exaggerated, particularly if they are wide - this makes the costume more alive.
  • If you are thinking about having a tight shirt or pants, often it is better to paint that part of the costume on the puppet.
  • If you are using a classic construction for the upper arms (using textile), then you can use a colored textile and the construction can be actually part of the puppet's costume.
  • It isn't necessary to have a full costume for your puppet - it is enough to have one detail on the puppet for the costume which gives you the character of the puppet.
costume costume

Material for costume

Aranging the material on the puppet is often the first step in deciding which material(s) you want to use, and what the costume should look like. It can be very effective to have a small piece of very beautiful material or layers of material.
Type of material - usually much better is to use a thinner material, as thick can materials constrict the movement of the puppet and look too heavy on a puppet.

costume costume
costume costume

Patterns

Attached are patterns for trousers, skirt, and shirt of a puppet about 50 cm. If you want to have a very big sleeve or pants, you can make the patterns wider or longer, and then gather them at the knee or elbow.

costume costume
costume costume

Making costume

costume costume
costume costume

Fixing costume on puppet

You might not need to sew the costume - often it is enough to arrange the material on the puppet's body and then just nail it in place.

costume costume
costume costume