So we know that I love books. And we also know that I love costumes, so it’s really not a shocker that I feel in love with Clever Costumes by Shannon Whitt. Downtown Bookworks generously sent me two copies one to review and one to giveaway and can I just say it’s SO cool! I honestly have to say my favorite part of this book is how ridiculously unique all the costumes are. Really clever is totally the right name for this collection. They are so creative and made from inexpensive and mostly free materials. I am totally smitten with this Queen of Hearts costume made from Target bags.
But Clever Costumes is not just full of easy to follow directions to totally unique costumes but it comes with some costume making supplies like satin, duct tape, velcro and elastic cord. I love the fact that this is a kit. As much as I like it as someone who makes tons of costumes I could see this being a fantastic give to a kiddo or tween who is into creating things or fashion.
The beginning of the book starts with a lot of basics that you could take to make your on creative costume. Then it continues to give project after project of cool costumes with step by step instructions for each. I mean really how fun is this gladiator?
It is 64 pages of eye-candy, instruction, and inspiration. I was expecting to like this book but really I can’t say enough good things about it. I only wish that I had written it. It really is a gem and I think all costume lovers would like having it in their collection. It is great for all skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a costume making fiend like me I think you would definitely enjoy and learn a lot from this book.
And if you want to see one of the costumes in action, the author Shannon has a YouTube video that demonstrates how to make a simple bag skirt that is the basis for both her rocker girl and pirate girl costume.