Fly high into your next costume party as a flight attendant. You can find most of what you need for your costume in vintage stores, or you may already own some of the elements. A navy suit with a straight skirt and a white shirt are the basic elements of the costume. Coordinate your suit with a pair of wrist-length gloves and a some black, plain, low-heeled pumps. Add a retro feel to your costume by making a classic hat and a flight attendant wings pin and carrying a small train case with a Pan Am logo. With the help of a few friends, this can be an entertaining group costume.
Things You'll Need
- Acrylic Paint
- Clay Cutter Blade
- Sailor Hat
- Canvas Or Faux Leather Bowling-Type Bag
- Needle-Tip Tool
- Wing Or Logo Pin (Optional)
- Clay Shaper Tool
- Pin Back
- Mini Rolling Pin
- Aluminum Foil
- Vinyl Cutting Machine (Optional)
- Bobby Pins
- Credit Card
- Iron-On Transfer Paper
- Skin-Toned Polymer Clay
- Navy Blue Dye
- Ironing Board
Sketch your wing design on a piece of paper. Decide what shape your wings will be -- a globe with one wing, two wings or a globe with two wings, etc. Select the colors you would like to use.
Pinch off a 2 1/2-inch piece of skin-toned polymer clay. Roll it into a ball to make it pliable. Work it with your hands until it is soft and easy to bend. Roll the clay flat 1/2 inch thick with a mini rolling pin. Use a shaper tool to outline your wing design. Cut away the excess clay once you are satisfied with the shape.
Work the excess clay back into a ball and roll out 1/2 inch thick with rolling pin. Cut the shapes you need to accentuate your wings out of this piece of clay. The stripes or feathers on the wings can be cut and laid on top of the base shape.
Use a needle-tipped tool to add fine detail and patterns to the clay. This tool can be used to add text or lettering as well.
Place on a piece of aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes at 230 degrees F. Let cool to room temperature.
Paint the wings with acrylic paint. Paint a base coat of gold or silver and add your chosen accent colors. Let dry in between coats.
Adhere a pin back to the wings with epoxy glue. Use a toothpick to apply onto the pin back and press against the wings. Let dry according to the directions on the packaging.
Dye a sailor hat with navy blue dye according to the directions on the packaging. It may take more than one attempt to get the color a dark hue. Let dry.
Fold the hat flat so that it looks like a long rectangle.
Use a hot steam iron to press the folds. Let the hat cool and press it again.
Make a second set of wings as described above for the side of the hat or use the same process to make an airline logo. Pin it to the side of the hat.
Position the hat on your head so that there is point at your forehead and one at the back of your head. Secure with bobby pins.
Use a canvas or faux leather bowling-type bag for a train case.
Select the logo that you will use. You can download the PanAm logo online or you can design one yourself.
For a canvas bag, print the logo onto iron-on transfer paper. You can print in full color. Print according to the instructions. Cut the excess paper from the logo. Lay the bag flat on the ironing board, lay the logo on the bag with the paper side up and press at the temperature noted on the transfer paper directions. Peel the paper off carefully after it has cooled for 30 seconds.
For a faux leather bag, design the logo to be printed as a vinyl cutout. Cut with a Cricut or a Silhouette machine if you have one. If you do not, take the printout or image file to a copy shop and they will cut it out of vinyl for you. Line up the spot on the bag where you want the logo. Peel the backing off of the vinyl. Place the vinyl lightly on the bag. Smooth the vinyl against the faux leather. Put your hand in the bag to provide resistance against the pressure you are applying. Scrape a credit card along the surface of the paper to smooth out any bubbles. Peel the paper off of the vinyl.
Caroline Baldwin, a corporate communications director located in South Carolina, began writing in 1998. Her work has been published in publications across the United States and Canada including Rolling Stone, Boating Life, Waterski and Wakeboarding magazines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from The College of Charleston.