These people are members of the Pearlies and the women are queens and the men are kings. You can read about the Pearlies on Wikipedia. The group has quite the history.
Back to the clown costume... We could not use a Pearly type costume for clowns as they are not colorful enough! The AAA clowns are known for bright shiny colors with black and white accents. But in an homage to the Pearlies, I made a headband for DD today.
I used wool blend felt (2" x 9") and sewed 35 white buttons onto it. Then I used a blanket stitch to attach the back to one side. Before sewing the other side together, I inserted a narrow black elastic headband. When DD tried it on, the ends seemed to be too wide as they stopped well above her ears. I had her remove it and I found that I could taper the ends by folding them over each other towards the middle.
Next time, I would cut the tapers into the felt and use the blanket stitch so as not to have the extra fabric on the ends. But this way does still work!
You can get a glimpse of my photography setup in this photo!
And this one is a bit blurry but it does show how well it spans the head.