Make a Pope of Rome costume out of a sheet – Upcycle project – Funny Date idea

9:35:00 PM

Have I ever told you how very outgoing and fun my hubby is? Well, he is!

Recently he joined a traditional dancing club to honor his grandfather who was originally from the Black Sea. He has been having lots of fun there and when a Carnival costume party was planned he came to me and said: “You have to make me look like the Pope of Rome!

What’s a girl to do other than laugh make a costume for the one she loves? After all he did promise to pay me on chocolates!!!

We researched on line to find out what a Pope wears and talked a bit about how we where going to make it! We decided to do it the easy way. I was going to hand stitch the thing! Are you laughing yet?

Here’s a tutorial just in case you love your hubby as much as I do!

Please bear in mind that I have no pattern making skills whatsoever and this is a fun project that will make you and your hubby/boyfriend/whatever laugh and spend time together. Although, I must confess I do like how the costume turned out!

Old white twin sheet, or any large piece of white fabric
A pair of fabric scissors
Thread and a needle or (for sane people) a sewing machine
Gold paint or marker
Hard paperboard

1. Make your hubby “wear” the sheet like he is a ghost. The purpose of this is to take pictures and laugh to make sure he will fit the costume.

2. When you stop laughing are ready to go you take the sheet and fold in half and then fold it once more. Then cut a small circle where the head should go. Sew a small seam of about 1cm to make the collar of the neck. It should look like a poncho by now.

3. Draw a dress-like form onto the poncho. Take into consideration the under arm size and leave a lot of allowance there especially if this is going to be used to dance in. The hands should be able to move free at all times! Now, cut the triangles to form the dress.

4. Sew the sleeves and the upper torso line of the dress. I left the lower part of the dress open to make sure Nick would be able to make all his dancing figures without distroying my work of art!

5. When that was finished (I was then at the point of "what was I thinking offering to hand stich the darn thing?") it was time to add the appropriate embellishments, i.e. a golden cross! 

Take a look at the following diagram I made. Hopefully it will guide you through the first steps of the procedure.

6. Since my drawing skills go hand in hand with my sewing ones, I made the cross first in a paper and then I transfered the shape in the front of the dress. Make sure to put a magazine "inside" the dress where the drawing should go to avoid leaking to the back of the dress. 

7. I used two kinds of gold color markers and a red one but you can use whatever you like.

8. Then it was time to add the over-coat-thing / cape the Pope wears. I took two of the triangles there was left from cutting the dress form and made some stitches to hold them in place in the center of the collar. Then I made some more stitches in the lower part of the cape (look at the arrows below) and I ironed the seam in place. I also made some stitches in the back of the cape to hold those two triangles together.

9. Making of the hat. Take your cardboard and cut two squares of about 35 x 35 cm. Fold one edge of the square to form the shape in photo two below. Take a paper clip and join the two edges. Do you see the hat forming? 

10. Make two same shapes and paint the one to look like a Pope's hat. Measure the head of the "Pope" and staple the two cardboards to form the hat.

11. You are set! Now all you have to do is make your loved one wear the costume and take pictures! The pictures are blurred because I couldn't stop laughing!!! Can you?

We went to our costume party and had lots of fun!

It was yet another great project that made me really happy to have accomplished and I am anxious to see what you think about it! Please feel free to laugh your heart out; I am laughing while I write these lines. I am sure that once the laugh settles down I will revised the costume and make the cape a little bit better, especially the back of it!

My only regret is that I should have asked to be paid in a sewing machine AND some chocolates!!!!

Smouts for now!


UPDATE 9/5/2016:
This post used to contain another photo of my husband in his costume only he also had on an black wig and black paint on his face to make him look like an African American person. His intention was to impersonate an African American cardinal whose name I forget since it's been almost 3 years since that time. In total honesty not me nor my husband realized at the time that this was a sign a racism. That became evident after a lot of hate comments towards me appearing under this post. Recently I was also mentioned on instagram as a major racist of the craft world (!!!) by another person who actually encouraged people to come to this post and blast me. For those of you who know me, I am sure this comes as a surprise since you know I am anything but a racist. For those of you who don't know me let me tell you a few things about me.
I am always open to learning. I always think the best for a person when I first meet him/her. I have been bullied as a kid due to my height (the lack of it actually), my weight, my front teeth and my name. I don't like sharing personal stuff on the internet, in other words, I hate that I am doing this! I have NEVER in my life discriminated another person based on his/hers color/sex/size/social status/religion/origin/financial status/what-the-fuck-ever. Let me say that again: N-E-V-E-R! Why would I? 
I didn't know the story behind the term "blackface" until I googled it. I don't know how the wonderful people who left the hate comments below, knew it from. Maybe they were Americans, or African Americans or they have learned it in school, grew up feeling the claws of racism (I am deeply sorry for them if they did) or they are generally more educated than my husband and myself. I am not ashamed to say I didn't know that this was a sign of racism. I didn't! It had never occurred to me because I've never felt different in my socializing with people of another race/color/religion/whatever. Here in Greece I didn't have the opportunity to learn about such things first hand since I don't know any African Americans. Moreover, my hubby's costume was never meant to be hurtful to anyone or tease no one! It was just the way we thought to impersonate that pope and that was it. I know we were wrong about it now.
But you know what? I don't know what is considered wrong or right in Japan, or what may offend a person in Russia. I still don't know all the things that African Americans, French and Scandinavian people consider as racist. (DO YOU?) I don't know how to operate heavy machinery either. Or the first thing about electric wiring, changing a diaper, nuclear physics or making a cake (I've established that on a previous post). In other words I don't know everything but I am willing to learn and admit my mistakes! (DO YOU?) Does that really make me a racist? 
What I do know is biochemistry and molecular biology, crocheting and crafting and that I will not let ANYONE no matter who he or she is to talk to me and my family in that way! The days of bulling me ARE OVER! I WILL NOT BE BULLIED EVER AGAIN! I took down the photo, I admitted it was wrong, I said I am sorry, but that's it! I draw the line! You will not bully me into anything you hear? DO YOU? So, take your hate comments and your anger towards me and my family and pay a visit to your therapist!

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  1. hahahahahaha

    ok...give me a sec because I am on the floor... great I am ok now...

    Great tutorial and great model! I hope always to have such a fun... and of course to mention it in your blog!


  2. Καλά Μάρω είναι ΓΑΜΑΤΗ!!!
    Η τελευταία φωτογραφία είναι τέλεια...χαχαχαχα

  3. Ευχαριστώ κοριτσάκια μου! Το καλύτερο ήταν το πόσο γέλιο ρίξαμε!!! Θα καθιερωθεί η κατασκευή στολής κάθε χρόνο!

  4. haha! απίθανο Μάρω! μπράβο!

  5. Fantastic!!!!
    Great tutorial!
    Congrats to you both!
    Your costum will catch the eyes for sure!

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    Good job you did there :)))))

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  8. i think you have just saved my life!! I need to make a lemmings dress and this is perfect!

    1. Glad someone is going to use the tutorial! Lol, they still keep making fun of me when they see it!!! Good luck with your dress!

    2. My daughter wants to be Pope Francis for the yearly costume party in her school before Lent (when others have carnivals) :) This is very helpful. Thank you :)

    3. Thanks Marie, I appreciate both your comments :)

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  15. Hi. What size sheet did you use and what direction did you fold the sheet?


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