It’s October, so it’s time for costumes! Last fall, I made sheep and wolf costumes for a performance of the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theatre that was called “Sheep/Wolves/We The People”. I made 6 sheep costumes for the apprentice company, which they used in several numbers throughout the work. Above, you’ll find the video of the Sheep/Wolf Rap. Unfortunately, I don’t have any still shots of someone wearing the finished product, but a video is also helpful. Note that these costumes took quite a bit of abuse – several dress rehearsals and three performances!
Here’s how I made them…
For the shirt, you’ll need HEAPS of cotton balls, hot glue, and a white men’s undershirt tank. The shirt needs to be a size or two larger than you (or the person who will wear the costume) would normally wear because once you’re done gluing on the cotton balls, the fabric won’t stretch as much. The procedure is simple. First, stretch out the shirt a little. Next, I found it helpful to loosen the cotton balls. The are made of cotton sheets wound up in a spiral, so if you loosen them up, they get bigger so you need fewer of them. Finally, glue them on. You’ll need to find a balance between too much glue and not enough. An X across the cotton ball would be a good way to secure them. Occasionally, I didn’t secure the middle of a cotton spiral, and they came out. In the video you can see some dangling.
For the hat, you’ll need a fabric marker, snaps or velcro closures, black felt for the ears, and white felt for the hat part. To make the shape of the hood, I traced another person’s head profile and cut it a little larger to allow for the seam and some extra room. You can always sew the seam tighter, but it’s hard to add fabric once you’ve cut it. I also made a tab of fabric that goes around the neck. You’ll cut out 2 of the white hood shapes and sew them together along the top and back of the head. Add your snap or velcro to the neck tab. Finally, cut out 2 matching black ears and attach them, and you’re done.