Get ready for Spring!
“What?! We are still in the middle of February!” I hear you exclaim…
…ah, but Spring is right around the corner and it is time to shake off those mid winter blues. NOW is the time to make plans for a wonderful Summer season.
How Are Your Clown Supplies?
I’m here to help you prepare your clown costumes so you look your best and feel your funniest in the months ahead. What is your biggest worry? What areas of your clown costume needs help? Some of your accessories still work, while others are showing wear and tear. How do they shrink hanging in the closet??? Eek! (Don’t worry…it happens to the best of us)
When thinking about getting a new costume, it is easy to get overwhelmed.
The best way to eat this elephant is one bite at a time. So let’s take our first bite!
We’ll take it from the top:
- Take a look at your wig. When did you last wash it? Style it? Is it time for a new color, new style? Why not update your look!
- Curls often relax. Get a hair cut to keep them out of your face and so people can see your face from the side.
- Every time you wash your wig, you shave a year off its life. But wearing a skullcap will keep your wig clean, AND keep you cool.
- I have more advice about washing and styling Santa’s wig & beard, which also works for clown wigs. << CLICK TO READ <<
- Click to start shopping for clown wigs.
- How about a new hat to spruce things up?
- If you wear a wool felt hat, look into having it steamed and reblocked if it is losing its shape.
- Do you need a green derby for St. Patrick’s Day?
- Why not add some bunny ears for Easter?
- Try adding a new hat-band ribbon and decorations to an old hat to give it new life.
- Click to start shopping for clown hats.
The shirt off your back!
- Take a close look at your shirts. Are the cuffs or neckline worn and grungy? Are there face paint stains that you can’t get out? Now is a great time to add a new shirt to your wardrobe.
- Click to start shopping for clown t-shirts, blouses, and dress shirts.
- We have talked about sprucing up your look with accessories before. Now is a good time to purchase a new collar and cuffs, add a fun flower, or replace that limp worn out tie.
- Are you using pins to hold items in place? YIKES! Why not try snaps! The work much better than Velcro and are interchangeable. We hold all of our ties on Pricilla Mooseburger Originals clown costumes with snaps you can get at the fabric store. Pins will often rust, or pull leaving holes in your fabric.
- I have more advice about clown collars and bibs, bow ties and neckties, in a larger article. >> CLICK TO READ <<
- Click to start shopping for clown accessories.
- Check your suspenders/bracers. Make sure they are a different color than your shirt for a great contrast in color.
- Button on VS clip? Button on suspenders are great (all the PMO pants have the buttons already). They last forever because there really are few moving parts. Once you set the length you are done. If you have clip on suspenders be sure to add a strip of fuzzy Velcro to the inside of the pant waistband. It gives the teeth of the clip something to grab onto and protects your pants as well.
- I have more advice about clown suspenders and pants drops >> CLICK TO READ <<
- Click to start shopping for clown suspenders.
It’ll slip your mind
- Ladies: Add some volume! Get a petticoat, slip, crinoline, can-can, tutu, whatever you call that fluffy material you wear under your skirt or dress.
- When choosing a color, go for the accent. Look at the color of the bottom edge of your skirt and your bloomers. Choose a contrasting color for your petticoat for a greater effect.
- How to bring back the life to a tired old petticoat? Some folks dip them in a bathtub full of starch water. Another tip is to spray them with dye-free, fragrance-free cheap hair spray (like Aquanet).
- Remember: do NOT to wash them in hot water or put them in the dryer!
- Storage: Find an empty closet to hang them in; give them room. They can only take so much smashing before they give up.
- Once they get too soft to hold their volume, think of putting two old ones together!
- Click to start shopping for clown petticoats.
- When it comes to pants and bloomers, make sure they look like they belong to a clown. That means if you are wearing “real people” street clothes like capri pants or colorful scrubs, personalize them to fit your clown character.
- Can’t sew? No problem! There is great fabric glue available in craft stores.
- Add some big pockets so you have room for all your fun tricks of the trade.
- Add some fun ric rac trim or contrasting ribbon to the bottom hem and pockets.
- Big, colorful buttons make excellent accents as well.
- Make sure the pants are short enough to show your silly clown socks. What?!? You don’t have clown socks?
- I have more pants advice in this larger article >> CLICK TO READ <<
- Click to start shopping for clown pants.
Sock it to me!
- Now is definitely the time to look over your sock collection. Do they have holes? After a time the elastic just gives out; they won’t stay up and they will slide down into your shoes before you get into the car!
- Replace your sox with something fun and colorful, but try to go for contrast. What color are your shoes, pants cuff, or hem ruffle? Choose stockings in a different color from those.
- Ladies: Add a pair of lacy ruffled anklets on top of your leggings, tights, or striped socks. Bobby socks add a girly flair.
- There are lots of hosiery styles to choose from. The standard striped clown sock is knee-high on most adults. There is also the one we call “Over the Knee Stretchy socks” (also known as Thigh Highs). The truth is, these “thigh-high” stockings are super stretchy and light-weight, and they do NOT have a heel in them — all great reasons to be worn by big and tall men (or anyone with wide calves). We now have some new colors in stock. Check it out!
- Click to start shopping for clown sox and tights.
You’ve got sole
- Clown Shoes! An army runs on it stomach, but a clown runs in his shoes! Rule #1: Avoid cheap shoes no matter how cute/fun they look!!!
- Make sure there is enough extra room for you to fit your innersoles, or thick clown socks, or two pairs of thin socks.
- Big clown shoes are great, but if you are not in the market for the over-sized look, why not try a pair of colorful Converse tennis shoes? You can go online and custom order your colors! How FUN!
- Clown shoes are a wonderful investment. What color??? Personally, I choose the color I am least likely to change in all of my costumes and wigs. If you know that you will always have a red wig, red shoes would be a good bet.
- Not sure on the best style for your performance style or character? Talk to your shoe guy about the options. Or send me your picture of your costume and I can make a recommendation.
- I have more clown shoe advice in this larger article >> CLICK TO READ <<
Taking stock of your clown supplies
Your clown costume, props, and supplies are the bread and butter of your business. Make sure the tools of your trade are in tip-top shape and professional. The more prepared you are, the more at ease you will be, and the more focus you can put on being funny and having fun.
I’ve written quite a few articles to help you get ready for success, so you can plan ahead. Please take some time to read them; and leave me a comment at the end of the articles. Let me know what you think! I would love to know if my advice has helped you, or if you have suggestions to share with other clowns reading this blog. Thanks!
- Make it sew: Making your own clown costumes and choosing the right fabric
- Designing a clown costume: Need VS Want
- 4 Reasons NOT to wear your regular clown costume
- What is a “Plain Clothes” clown and why should you care?
- Planning ahead can make your clown events more fun
- Pricilla Mooseburger Originals clown costumes are indestructible — LITERALLY!
- 10 must have clown supplies for the year
- Are you brave enough to change your clown character and costume?
Stay tuned! Next time we will talk about clown make-up and how to update your look for Summer!
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277
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