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Making a Raven Masquerade Costume


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October 31, 2018

Raven Masquerade Costume - raven womanYou can make your own fabulous raven masquerade costume for fractions upon fractions of what you'd have to pay for one in a specialty costume shop. I added a boa and feathers onto long black gloves, onto some fabric, and spruced up a cheap 99 cent store mask. It's so rewarding to make your own costume. Have fun!

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*One of my best friends let me use his arms so I had a guide (bless him). If you're going to use someone's arms as guiding points, please pull their arms and hands out of the glove before you apply any hot glue.

Yield: 1 outfit

Source: I made this up on my own with no resources. :)

Supplies:

  • 1 thin black boa
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun with glue
  • long black gloves
  • needle
  • black thread
  • 200 natural black feathers (goose and rooster are good options)
  • 2 yards black fabric
  • cheap black bird mask
Raven Masquerade Costume - supplies
 

Steps:

  1. Fold the boa in half to find the center then cut in half. Dab hot glue to the cut ends so the cord doesn't unravel.
  2. Raven Masquerade Costume - fold boa in half and cut, put hot glue on ends to prevent raveling
     
  3. Hook the loop end of your boa around the pinky finger of the glove and sew into place.
  4. Raven Masquerade Costume - hook loop end of boa around the pinky finger of your gloves and sew in place
     
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  5. Sew the boa all the way up the bottom seam of the glove. Leave the excess hanging off the end of the glove. You will use it later.
  6. Raven Masquerade Costume - sew boa up the seam of the glove and leave excess
     
  7. Lay out your feathers in piles by size. I also made a pile of wispy feathers and irregular feathers, all useful.
  8. Raven Masquerade Costume - sort and pile feathers by size
     
  9. Take a medium feather and fit it into the loop around the pinky. When you like how it's sitting, add a dab of hot glue on the base of the feather on top and glue it up under the boa loop.
  10. Raven Masquerade Costume - glue a medium feather under the boa loop
     
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  11. Add another medium feather next to it and glue into place.
  12. Raven Masquerade Costume - add a second medium feather and glue in place
     
  13. Work your way across the boa, gluing the feathers under it. You will only need a tiny dab of glue. I started using short feathers when I got near the end of the glove to give it a tapered look.
  14. Raven Masquerade Costume - continue glueing feathers the length of the boa
     
  15. When you're done with the first row, add glue to a longer feather from the base a couple inches up. Gently attach it between two feathers at the start of row one. It will cling on like a magnet.
  16. Raven Masquerade Costume - add a longer feather
     
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  17. Keep working your way across, angling and panning the longer feathers out.
  18. Raven Masquerade Costume - continue adding long feathers angling and panning out
     
  19. Take the longest feathers for your third row and make sure you fill in any gaps.
  20. Raven Masquerade Costume - use longest feathers for the third row and fill any gaps
     
  21. To give a beautiful fanned out look, glue some long feathers onto the outside of the pinky and ring finger on the glove. If some areas seem a bit heavy, go to the seam of where the boa meets the feathers and sew them into place.
  22. Raven Masquerade Costume - add some feathers near the pinky and ring finger to fill out, sew on feathers if an area seems too heavy
     
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  23. Turn the wing over so you can see what they look like from the back. If you see any bits of quill popping out, you can trim them. I covered some areas up with loose bits from the boa, but overall the wings looked near perfect.
  24. Raven Masquerade Costume - check the backside for any need to make corrections
     
  25. The tail part will be tucked into your whatever you're wearing on the bottom. Cut out a piece of black fabric so it's a little wider than your backside, from your waist to just above your knees. Leaving an inch or two free at the top, glue medium length feathers onto each side, pointing diagonally downwards.
  26. Raven Masquerade Costume - cut a piece of fabric for the tail and add feathers to sides, pointing downwards
     
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  27. Add a second layer of longer ones onto the first row.
  28. Raven Masquerade Costume - add a second layer of long ones to the first row
     
  29. Do a mirror check. Tuck it into your whatever you're wearing on the bottom and check if you can see the feathers fanning out from behind you. If not, add a third row. Trim the bottom wherever you'd like your tail to end, then continue adding feathers to the outside.
  30. Raven Masquerade Costume - tuck into costume bottom and check in mirror, cut to correct length and continue adding feathers to outside
     
  31. For the neck and shoulders shawl, you'll need two 1" strips about 2 yards long. Glue the more wispy feathers (rooster feathers are great here) onto one strip on both sides of the edges. Sew the second long strip of fabric on top.
  32. Raven Masquerade Costume - cut 2 strips of fabric 2 yards long and attach the more wispy feathers to one of them then sew the second on top
     
  33. My cheap bird mask was super rugged so it needed some help. Trim off any loose strings and materials.
  34. Raven Masquerade Costume - tidy up inexpensive mask as needed
     
  35. Add tiny dabs of hot glue to short feathers and apply to the mask above the eyes, fanning them out.
  36. Raven Masquerade Costume - add feathers
     
  37. Here are all the pieces you made! Now, here's how to put it all on! First, put on your main bits of clothing: bottoms, shoes, top. Tuck the raven tail into the back of whatever you're wearing on the bottom. I tucked mine into my skirt, then put my corset on to keep it locked in.
  38. Raven Masquerade Costume - all the parts to the costume
     
  39. To put the shawl on, find the very middle and make sure that's the point that meets the back of your neck. Wrap forward over your shoulders, then tie behind you above your waist. Put the mask on your head. The wings go on last. Gather the inside of the glove where there are no feathers attached and stick your fingers in, being extra careful with the pinky and ring finger as they have feathers attached. Pull the gloves up. Tie the excess boa pieces behind you or tuck into your top. It gives it a much fuller look than just cutting the ends off.
  40. Raven Masquerade Costume - put costume on according to instructions
     
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