My Mary Poppins Costume

I get a lot of people asking about my costumes, so I thought it would be fun to write a couple posts talking about how I made them.  It is really really easy, I promise.  You can even hand sew and not use a machine if you want to.

Find  a picture of what/who you want to dress as and than look at the key pieces.  This is a picture I took of the actual costume from Mary Poppins.  I got to see it up close and personal at the D23 Expo this year.  It gave me even MORE motivation to dress as Mary Poppins for a race.  The ribbons are faded, but it is still so beautiful.

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First step in any running costume should be picking clothes that are comfortable to run in.  For my Mary Poppins costume my shirt was a Lululemon Run: Swiftly Tech shirt.  I than sewed on the lace and ribbons to give it the Mary Poppins Jolly Holiday look.

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My skirt was a Lululemon Run: Pace Setter skirt.  I did the same thing with the skirt and sewed on the lace and ribbons.

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On the back there were already ruffles, so I just added a couple red bows.

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I knew I needed a white hat, which was the tough part.  I looked online, but didn’t really want to run 13.1 in a big huge hat.  A little hat store near me happen to be going out of business and they had this small white hat and was 50% off. Perfect!  This is what it looked like before I added the red bows and netting.

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And here is everything I added.

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I put hair clips in the hat because it just had the black elastic string and I knew that would chafe under my chin if I ran in it for that long.

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I found the lace gloves at a costume store and just put red bows onto them.

The sash was red fabric that I cut to look like Mary’s sash and than added white puff paint for the details.


Voila!  That was it!  Relatively easy πŸ™‚



  1. Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More | 27th Jan 14

    Adorable and so creative!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 28th Jan 14

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Leslee | 27th Jan 14

    Very cute!!

  3. Susan | 27th Jan 14

    So, the big question is, how was it for 13. 1 miles? I am hesitant to run costumed races because I am so particular about things bouncing, and chafing, and rubbing. Did the hat last the whole distance? Super clever, and very cute!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 28th Jan 14

      The only thing touching my skin was the lululemon run clothes that I have ran in a bunch of times before, so chafing wasn’t an issue. The had was on tight with hair clips and there was no bouncing at all. It was great. This isn’t my first time running in costume though, not by a long shot. That is why I always encourage people to wear clothes they would normally run in and than build your costume on those clothes. πŸ™‚

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  5. Amanda Her | 5th Feb 14

    I loved this one – super cute! Approx how long did it take to make it? Lots of steps involved!

  6. Tiffany | Peanut Blossom | 3rd Mar 14

    So absolutely adorable! Found you via search for a Mary Poppins running costume and yours is the cutest I’ve uncovered! I’m so torn between Minnie & Mary for my first Disney fun run but now I’m thinking my pale winter skin can’t pull off all this white. lol. That hat is the absolute best!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 3rd Mar 14

      Thank you for stopping by! I loved my Mary Poppins costume. It was one of my most favorite of everything I’ve done. The crowd super was so amazing because it isn’t as common of a costume and everyone was cheering “Go Mary Poppins!” So fun πŸ™‚
      Good luck!!!

  7. Doni | 15th Jul 14

    Very creative! Some of the costumes people wear for a run are so strange. I once ran next to a guy in a full-on furry unicorn suit during a warm half marathon. And then there was a guy running a marathon in a heavy wool business suit (that was getting heavier due to the rain). Though I found out he’d lost a bet.

    Anyway, I love the idea of building a costume on your running clothes. You looked adorable!

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