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Mona Lisa Costume

Make a costume for the most famous painting of the western world.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • First you need to make the dress. Depending on your closet, you may be able to pull out something that could work. We used a McCalls sewing pattern (MP343, to be exact) and an appropriate dark brown fabric to create the dress.
  • After picking your fabric, follow the directions for your sewing pattern to complete the dress.

Step #2:

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  • Print out the file ML_Background.jpg on a large-format printer.
  • Cover the back side of the printout with packing tape. This will make it a little more durable.
  • Cut two 1"x24" pieces of foam core and hot-glue to the sides on the backside of the background.

Step #3:

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  • Using the foam core make a frame with an opening 16" wide and 22" tall. That created a good frame for my daughter; you may need to adjust it for you.
  • Add decorations as desired and paint gold. I used a brush-on gold; spray paint would eat into the foam.
  • Once the frame is painted, tape the top edge of the background to the top edge of the frame to create a hinge. See image.

Step #4:

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  • Cut two 20" pieces of elastic.
  • Cut a small hole into the foam core side pieces. Feed one end of the elastic through and tie a knot to hold it in place. Repeat for the other side.
  • Attach the front end of the elastic to the opposite side of the gold frame (to the back of the gold frame - see image) I used straight pins through the elastic into the edge of the foam core.

Step #5:

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  • Now that you have an "X" of elastic, we need to add one more piece to keep the frame sitting on your shoulders.
  • Sew a six-inch piece of elastic to the other two. The goal is to form a triangle for the head to go through.
  • For my daughter, I needed to attach the elastic "X" to the background image. To do this, reinforce the paper with some duct tape, and sew the elastic to it.