A Peter Pan costume pattern can make quick work for a costume of this iconic childhood emblem or the accompanying cast. Longtime favorites, Peter Pan characters are fun to dress up in and can be simple and fun to make.
Types of Peter Pan Costumes
Making costumes for Peter Pan characters might be needed for:
- Ballets, dances, or recitals
- Children's plays and performances
- Amateur productions of the play
- Halloween or costume parties
In addition to the well known Pan, other popular costumes include:
Of course, Wendy, Michael, and John are part of the cast well, but are not as popular for Halloween and dress up costumes. These characters are also more difficult, if impossible to find. Many people have used general nightdress patterns from the period to reflect these characters.
Patterns for Peter Pan Costumes
For those who have the ability to sew, major pattern manufactures sell Peter Pan costume patterns, which may be available at local craft or fabric stores or online. Even novice sewers can try their hand at some of the simpler sewn versions.
- Butterick Pattern B4632, is rated easy. This cute pattern include a Pan, Captain Hook or pirate costume pattern, and girl's tinkerbell costume pattern. Read a review of this pattern before you buy it at Pattern Review.com.
- Simplicty pattern 2872 or Simplicity 5835 for little girls, or Simplicity 4949 for toddler girls, are licensed Disney costume renditions of the popular Disney Tinkerbell costume, perfect for any little girl who loves this feisty fairy.
- Due to popular demand, Sew Delish will sell pattern instructions for her unique Tinkerbell costume to interested individuals.
Vintage Peter Pan Costume Patterns
There is a large selection of out-of-print Peter Pan character costume patterns available online. McCall 5828, including adorable trousers, jacket, shirt, and event and belt. For a larger cast, Patterns from the Past offers Simplicity 7784. This pattern includes an adult Peter Pan as well as Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, and a different style pirate costume.
Ebay is an excellent source when searching for vintage Peter Pan patterns. A range of toddler, child, and adult costumes are available from both individual sellers and eBay stores like Cleaning Out Cheril's Sewing Closet.
More Pattern Ideas
- If your search for the perfect Peter Pan pattern doesn't turn out happily ever after, search for costume patterns that are not specific to the character instead. For example, while fewer costumes might be specifically rendered a Captain Hook pattern, pirate costumes are plentiful and varied. General costumes can be created to look very similar or adapted for your needs for specific Peter Pan character or characters. For Peter, elf, peasant, and Robin Hood costumes can be substituted or altered for the perfect Pan. For Tinkerbell, try standard fairy princess or fairy costumes and adapt with Tink-like touches and some fairy dust. Lesser characters can also be created using this approach - period nightdress patterns work for Wendy, John, and Michael, and Native American and Native American Princes costumes for Chief and Tiger Lily.
- You can also try no-sew patterns by repurposing old clothing. Family Education.com's Peter Pan Pattern instructions help you create a cute Peter Pan inexpensively and in less than an hour.
Don't Forget the Accessories!
Be aware that many Peter Pan character costumes don't include patterns for the accessories, so you'll have to purchase or use your creativity to create extras like Peter's hat. Don't forget tights, shoes, and props like Tinkerbell's Wand, and Peter's and Hook's swords to really complete the costume look.