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Costumes
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 some way?
pajamas?
flannel nightgown?
costume meant for another purpose?
 
 

Girl Character

~ sprigged dress 
   or pastel dress
   or two-piece blouse & skirt outfit (two colors--blouse might be white)
~ ankle length or mid-calf
~ bonnet? mobcap? ribbon?
    (headwear depends on character)
~ Mary-Jane type shoes usually work;
    some types of sandals might look right
~ knee socks or tights (often white)
~ add appropriate props: ie.
Bo-Peep = staff 
(cane with ribbon-bow)
Miss Muffet = bowl/spoon/plastic spider
Jill = carry pail
Mary Contrary = basket of artificial flowers
Mary who lost lamb = books or bookbag; toy lamb attached to belt
 
 

Boy Character

~ usually short pants - dark color
  (use summer shorts)
   or knickers (cut long pants below knee 
   and gather with hemmed elastic
~ dress shirt with or without bowtie
    or striped tee shirt
    (depends on character)
~ hat? soft cap? (depends on character)
    (baseball cap is too contemporary)
~ solid-looking shoes or boots;
    possibly some brown sandals
    (no tennis or other sport shoes!)
~ dark knee socks are often seen
~ add appropriate props: ie. 
Boy Blue = horn
Jack-Be-Nimble = candlestick
Tom, Piper's Son = flute
Jack Horner = artificial pie
Jack = pail
 
 

 

Mother Goose Costume
Girl Character
Boy Character

Mother Goose Costume

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 to sit.) 

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.
Important accessories: 
~ add an apron 
~ add a shawl or scarf at the neck 
Head cover:
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 flowers 
~ straw hat decorated with ribbons and/or artificial flowers 
~ bonnet 
~ mob[-cap
~ 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 more leeway) 
Footwear
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 
Jewelry:
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 Mother Goose
~ 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 shoes 

Any Mother Goose should 
~ be warm and friendly 
~ smile 
~ have fun herself. 
 
 

 

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