Look at several illustrations in
Mother Goose books to get ideas.
It usually works best to make
the costumes look old-fashioned.
Look around to spot usable
clothes or props.
What can be altered, cut, or utlized in
costume meant for another purpose?
or pastel dress
or two-piece blouse & skirt outfit (two colors--blouse might be white)
length or mid-calf
(headwear depends on character)
type shoes usually work;
some types of sandals might look right
~ knee socks
or tights (often white)
appropriate props: ie.
= bowl/spoon/plastic spider
Jill = carry
= basket of artificial flowers
Mary who lost
lamb = books or bookbag; toy lamb attached to belt
short pants - dark color
or knickers (cut long pants below knee
and gather with hemmed elastic
shirt with or without bowtie
or striped tee shirt
(depends on character)
~ hat? soft
cap? (depends on character)
(baseball cap is too contemporary)
shoes or boots;
possibly some brown sandals
(no tennis or other sport shoes!)
~ dark knee
socks are often seen
~ add appropriate
Boy Blue =
Son = flute
= artificial pie
Jack = pail
You don't need a commercial sewing-pattern to create a great Mother Goose
Costume. Most Mother Goose enactors simply raid their closets, get donations
from friends and relatives, or search thrift stores. (One professional
performer does turn into a Mother Goose riding a goose! Her own legs become
the goose's and a stuffed goose-shape extends fore and aft--but that's
rather more than most mothers, grandmothers, teachers, or storytellers
want to get involved with. Besides, the stuffed goose makes it difficult
The main thing to keep in mind in creating a costume is that it should
be colorful and that the outfit should convey some sense of the old-fashioned
that children expect, based on nursery-rhyme illustrations they've seen.
Basics of a Mother Goose Costume
Main outfit possibilities: t
~ the skirt should be either ankle or floor length
(ankle-length is easier to walk in)
~ print or gingham skirt with bright top
~ print or gingham top with bright skirt
~ long, print, old-fashioned-looking dress (muu-muu?
~ long "at-home" gown?, etc.
~ add an apron
~ add a shawl or scarf at the neck
Mother Goose's head is usually covered with something
~ a tall black hat (like a witch's) available at a costume shop, or
widely available at Halloween; add some colorful ribbons and/or artificial
~ straw hat decorated with ribbons and/or artificial flowers
~ seen on one Mother Goose: an ornamented nurse's cap
Legwear: consider colored tights,
leg warmers, or knee socks
(though the long skirt allows somewhat
Leave your high heels at home
~ boots look Mother Goosey
~ walking shoes can be made to look spritely with colorful laces
~ sport shoes are available in a colorful patchwork pattern
Try to avoid contemporary-looking jewelry (rather go with none).
~ craft stores have "findings" (links, earring clips; etc.); all you'll
need is strong tweezers or pliers; look for plain baubles, or for charms
of a goose, star, sun, world-globe, etc.--anything you think applies to
~ consider having each earring different
~ if you are familiar with computer clip-art, you might even make "Mother
Goose" jewelry (or cajole a friend); print out whatever size you want to
make; give it body with clear press-on film; cut out the designs and attach
to findings; designs to look for: Mother Goose, goose, Humpty Dumpty, etc.
~ plain colorful bracelets are okay
~If you're just going to parade, you might carry a basket. However,
that gets in the way if you're going to interact with kids (unless you're
carrying goodies to distribute)
Use your common sense.
dress colorfully, preferably in a print
don't forget the apron, shawl, head cover, and appropriate-looking
Any Mother Goose should
~ be warm and friendly
~ have fun herself.