KQAR Costume Guide

HAT
Hats are optional but if you choose to wear one, IT MUST BE MADE OUT OF STRAW . Color of your choice (NO BLACK OR COWBOY STYLE). Can add trim, feathers, and/or bling. Be creative and personalize.

Head bands, head scarfs or wraps also acceptable. Remember bright colors and again, NO BLACK

St. Patty’s parade only – wear hat of your choice – anything goes ….CHOICE OF STYLE , even BLACK!

Bustier Coat
Bright Caribbean solid color of your choice (no black or dark colors or patterns). Fabric must be HANDMADE silk dupioni. Inside lining can be a pattern, stripe or contrasting solid color of cotton fabric. Front of coat must be a decorative lace or of a lace style and lined. Appliqués are acceptable as long as
keeping with a decorative lace design. Front closure has criss-cross laced up style with rat tail silk cording. Faux lace up is acceptable as long as an invisible zipper is placed on side seam to allow for KQAR patch on back. Trims are optional but again can personalize your costume.

Fabric Cuts: 3 yards silk dupioni; 3 yards liner; ¼ to ½ yard lace; 4 yards rat tail silk cording; 5 yards of decorative trim for coat (optional)

White KQAR long or short sleeve shirt must we worn under Bustier Coat with the exception of St. Patty’s Parade.

KQAR issued Fleur de lis patch stitched on back. Must be placed on top half at “T” seams.

Bolero Coat & Waist Corset
Colors and fabrics same as Bustier Coat. Bolero must be no less than 6 inches in width.

Waist Corset: must be a decorative lace or of lace style and lined. Appliqués are acceptable as long as keeping with decorative lace design.
Fabric cuts: ¼ to ½ yard decorative lace. 1/4 to 1/2 yard of lining White KQAR long or short sleeve shirt must we worn under Bolero Coat with
the exception of St. Patty’s Parade.
KQAR issued Fleur de lis patch stitched on back. Must be placed on top half at “T” seams.

Fabric cuts: 2-3 yards HANDMADE silk dupioni; 2-3 yards liner; decorative
buttons of your choice, and /or trim. 5 yards of trim.

St. Patty’s Parade Bustier with tails
Fabric HANDMADE Silk Dupioni in any shade (s) of green. Appliqués, trims and bling are encouraged but optional. Keep in mind the theme of the parade and have fun with your designs!
Fabric cuts: 2 yards of fabric of choice; 2 yards for inside liner; ¼ to ½ yard lace or bead. 4 yards trims for bustier.
White KQAR shirt in not mandatory. With this being said, please be sure that your coat or bustier covers your bra. However, a decorated bra with fabric,
trims or bling is acceptable as long as it looks like part of your costume. It Cannot look like a bra.

KQAR issued Fleur de lis patch stitched on back. Must be placed on top half at “T” seams.

· Shirt
Long sleeve white cotton sateen with 3% lycra. Side zip. Please be sure to purchase dress fabric not upholstery.
Short sleeve same fabric as long sleeve as well as same amount of yardage.
Fabric cuts: 3 yards white cotton sateen, 3% lycra.

· Bottoms – 3 choices
Knickers:Bright colorful fun fabric of your choice (no velvet). Stripes and patterns compliment the coats. Depending on fabric, might want a little stretch
for comfort. Elastic or button waste band is your choice as well as tie, elastic or slit at bottom. Must be long enough to tuck in boots.
Fabric cuts: 2 yards
Handkerchief Skirt: Top of skirt is a drop waist band in solid color of your choice. Helpful hint – use extra duipioni left over from coat. Now go CRAZY!
The more patterns, stripes, solids and different textured fabrics the better. Try to keep it around four choices of fabrics. Helpful hint – have Tailor finish (surge) the edges of your strips. Keeps it from fraying – additional cost may apply. Dance/Boy Shorts that have a minimum 2 inch inseam are madatory if you wear a handkerchief skirt. Please do not show up in lingerie or Victoria Secret style shorts. No exceptions – you will not be permitted to attend the parade!
Fabric Cuts: 1 yard silk dupioni for waist band; 2 yards total of 4 to 6 fabric choices.
Bustled Skirt: Bright colorful fun fabrics of your choice (no velvet). If you choice a solid, might want to add appliqués or left over lace from coat. Trims,
bling and buttons are a great addition to the skirt. Dance/Boy Shorts that have a minimum 2 inch inseam are mandatory if you wear a bustled skirt. Please do not show up in lingerie or Victoria Secret style shorts. No exceptions – you will not be permitted to attend the parade!
Fabric cuts: 2 to 2.5 yards

Tights
If you choose one of the skirts, you must wear tights. Fish net, textured, or solid tights (no black) to compliment your costume look great and really pull the costume together. No exceptions – you will not be permitted to attend the parade!

· Boots
This is another accessory that gives you the opportunity to personalize your costume. Boots can be any size heel and must be at least 10 inches high. No ankle boots or booties, no Ughs. Fun colorful cowboy style boots are great.
Remember, NO BLACK OR HEAVY SUEDE LEATHER. Stay away from traditional pirate or dancer boots.

**It is important that members use a KQAR Board approved Tailor for costumes.
The Costume Committee has provided the following Tailor’s with KQAR exclusive pattern:

Laura LVR Designs (Laura)
5615 40th Ave. N
Apt. 412
Kenneth City, FL 33709
727-768-3553 *Call for an appointment
Pricing: ARE APPROX PRICING FEES. SHE DOES CHARGE EXTRA FOR TRIMS, APPLIQUÉS AND DIFFICULT BEADED FABRICS.
KQAR Fleur de lis Patch: Krewe Costume Chair $107(mandatory)
Labor to sew patch on coat: $15

Arm Band: order through krewe board $25 (mandatory, $30 to replace)
Bustier Coat & Bolero $270 with interfacing. Silk lining additional $45 with additional interfacing. Beaded trims additional $40-120 (difficulty).
Waist Corset for Bolero Coat: (mandatory with Bolero coat)$95 additional $25-45 (difficulty)
St. Pattys Bustier: (optional) $270 (w/ interfacing)
White long sleeve shirt: $70
White puffy short shirt: $90
Bottoms (pick one out of 3, rest are optional)
Knickers: $45
Handkerchief skirt: $45
Bustled skirt: $80 and up for difficult beaded fabrics
Places in which you will find the fabrics needed:
JoAnn’s ( HANDMADE Silk dupioni, white sateen cotton, trims, misc fabrics)
Jays (HANDMADE Silk dupioni, lace, white sateen cotton, trims, cotton batik, misc fabrics)
Marisu, 2904 W. Swann Avenue, Monday & Saturday only. (silk, exisite lace and trims)
Online purchasing:
Silkbaron.com Best color selection and prices for HANDMADE Silk Dupioni’s.
Swatches available. Free shipping.
Fabric.com Good selection on all fabrics and trims. Great customer service.
Free shipping offered periodically.
Remember to get prior approval of fabrics from the costume chairs. This avoids seeing your exact costume on another Annie. However, some costumes will have same or similar fabrics used in different combinations, we try to avoid this best we can on.