Harlequin -- a centuries-old character from improvisational European theater -- is known for clownish behavior, acrobatics, and brightly colored clothes. Does that sound like anyone you know? This modern take makes a fun costume for spirited kids. An ordinary white button-down shirt, decorated with iron-on diamond shapes cut from colored satin, is the foundation of the outfit.

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Wear white tights and dance shorts under this costume. White gloves are optional. Use the template as a guide for applying the white face paint.

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

For the shirt, make large and small diamonds: Following package instructions, fuse adhesive to wrong side of satin. Use diamond templates to trace shapes; cut out. Arrange diamonds to find a pattern you like on shirt. Iron in place.

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Step 2

For the bustle, hem edges of a 12-by-88-inch rectangle of white cotton fabric, sewing a 5/8-inch channel along one long side. Decorate with satin diamonds as described above. Use safety pin to thread ribbon through channel. Gather fabric together. Stitch a 12-inch piece of ribbon to each side of shirt. Tie ribbons on bustle to ribbons on shirt.

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Step 3

For ballet slippers, cut four 30-inch lengths of satin ribbon (we used different colors). Use white duct tape to secure the ends into the insides of ballet slippers.

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