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Gentleman's Suit Costume

Transforming an office ­appropriate outfit into a costume, his look is embellished with an oversize poster­board shirt collar and jacket lapels — with a honey­comb boutonnière to add the finishing touch.

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Photography: Barbara Donninelli

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2014


  • Small yellow honeycomb paper fan (Pictured: 6", in Yellow, $2 for 5,

  • Double-sided tape

  • Card stock

  • Black railroad (or poster) board

  • White pencil

  • White railroad (or poster) board

  • Small hole punch
  • 2 paper fasteners
  • Craft glue or pins
  • Scrap of yellow tissue or crepe paper (Pictured: Single-ply crepe-paper fold, in Goldenrod, $1.50,


  1. To make boutonnière, close fan and trim with a V cut, about 1 1/2 inches from tissue-paper end. Open and use double-sided tape to secure.
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  2. Print template onto card stock. Assemble as needed and cut out. With pencil, trace onto black or white railroad board, as indicated on template pieces. Cut out. Fold as indicated on templates.
  3. Punch holes in paper shirt collar as indicated on template. Place collar around neck, over shirt collar, and put fasteners through punched holes to close.
  4. Drape lapels around neck, over jacket. Tuck into jacket lapels just above top front button. Tuck folded pocket flaps into pockets. Glue or pin boutonnière onto lapel. Tuck scrap of tissue paper into breast pocket.
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