Today marks ‘World Book Day’ here in the United Kingdom & Ireland, as we celebrate it each year on the first Thursday of March. It is a day to celebrate all things books – reading, authors, illustrators, book characters, etc. With the aim of encouraging more children to discover more books and the joy and pleasure that can come along with reading.
Primary schools in the UK have a fancy dress policy on World Book Day where all staff dress up in fancy dress as book characters and the children also come into school dressed up as book characters too. I personally feel this dressing up element, also invites children into some of the imaginary worlds that these stories create for these characters to live in.
‘Do It Yourself’ Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume Tutorial Guide:
When it came to choosing a costume for the latest fancy dress party I attended, I decided to choose an English favourite; Mary Poppins!
Even you are unfortunate enough not to know who Mary Poppins is, click here for all the info about the movie off IMDb.
I already had the basics of the outfit which I’m sure most people would also with it being a white shirt and black skirt. So it turned out to be an easy option and something that’s easy to put together last-minute or when short of time to organise and search for a complicated outfit with lots of things to source out.
Items needed for Mary Poppins DIY Fancy Dress Costume:
Red bow tie
Black hat with white flowers and red berries
Mary Poppins magic bag
DIY Mary Poppins Hat:
The choice is yours if you decide to use plastic flowers and berries, real ones or you could even draw them on as an option. I decided to go down the real route and took some scissors outside and cut myself some white flowers and some berries. The berries were green and purple, so my creative compromise was to use a red permanent marker and colour in the berries to make them look red.
I felt like the outfit came together really well. If I wanted to make it even more fitting to the real thing I could have used an all black umbrella instead of a white and black one and I could have searched for a bag with a pattern closer to the one used in the movie.
However, considering I came runner-up in the costume competition I’m still proud of the job I did, especially the creative effort I put into my hat & the imaginative idea to use a red bow hair slide clipped onto my shirt instead of buying a red bow tie.
Here is how it looked – Do you agree it all pulled together well?Let me know in the comments what you verdict is…