|The angels come to the shepherds to announce the good news and the shepherds were afraid.|
|The angels praise and worship God, announcing the good news of Christ's birth.|
The taller girl in the back is wearing a robe that I bought ready made at GW. I think it was originally intended to be a swimsuit cover-up. I think I am going to modify the neck on it a bit I thought the tie would cinch it enough but it is still too big.
I found this copper and brass bugle at the thrift store years ago. It has been used as a plaything by the girls and I use it in our decor as well. I thought it would make an excellent prop for the angels.
|The shepherds watched their flocks by night.|
The shepherdess is wearing a robe made from a blanket which is tied in place with a DT fleece scarf. I found the scarves were a bit wide so I cut them in half and doubled our belts. Her hair piece is that great striped fabric which doesn't show much in this shot. I found really soft leather belts at Goodwill that I cut up to make head bands. I am particularly pleased with the way they turned out.
This little shepherd is wearing one of the robes made from a skirt. It is way too long but I figured they would be. Now that I've had these robes on the little ones, I can modify them to the correct length. I really had no idea how long they needed to be. K very willingly let me use her as a dress mannequin but she is obviously much taller than these children are.
Skirt robes are simple. You simply sew the waist of the skirt in from the sides leaving a big enough hole for their head (zippered skirts are great because then you can make a smaller hole and have a neater looking neckline). Then you cut holes immediately below the waist for the arms, if the fabric is non-fraying you are done. If the fabric frays, you zig-zag around the armholes or bind it with tape. The result is baggy robes that look great cinched with a belt.
What I like about this mix and match costume method is the women who help with costuming often come up with great variations on themes. His mantle is a crocheted scarf that was in the belt pile and is then tied at the waist with a fleece scarf.
I have to tell you about their staffs. Hubs and I rather enjoy the fantasy scene and have been going to Ren Fests for as long as we've known each other. Walking staffs are always very appealing to us but always very expensive. Around ten fifteen years ago, we stopped at a cutlery shop at an outlet mall. They had these sticks for around twelve dollars. Typically, they lean in the corner gathering dust. However, a couple of years ago, I realized that they would be great staffs for our shepherds so out they came for costumes.
It can be rather funny to put these things in the hands of little boys. Some of them immediately begin acting like jedi knights, so one always has to be careful. I think they add tremendously to the costumes.
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