The annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, held this year on March 4, is a celebration of diverse sexualities and genders in Australia. The parade includes people wearing colourful and elaborate costumes that often take months to prepare. Let's learn about words we can use when talking about making a costume.
A 'costume' can refer to clothes that are worn in order to look like someone or something else.
"Julie wore a Wonder Woman costume for the Mardi Gras parade!"
A 'measuring tape' is used to make a costume. It is a flexible ruler that you can use to determine how much fabric is required for a costume.
We can use 'a pair of scissors' to cut the fabric to the length required.
You can also just say 'scissors'. Note that the word 'scissors' is an example of nouns that are always plural.
A 'thread' is a thin strand of cotton or other fibre. Thread is usually wrapped around a spool, which is the shape of a cylinder.
You may also hear people say they are buying thread.
"He got some red and yellow thread for our costumes."
Thread is put through the eye of a 'needle' and used to hand sew fabric together.
A 'sewing machine' is a machine that stitches fabric together. It is usually quicker than sewing something by hand.
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