I got so much positive feedback and inquiries about my costume this year, I thought I would share how I made it. All in all, the entire thing probably cost me $20 dollars. Feel free to share!
- Simple shift dress ($10.00)
- Striped tights or over-the-knee socks ($3.00)
- Lace by the yard ($1.99)
- Old baby doll (found)
- 2 pieces white felt ($1.99)
- Black flat shoes from closet (free)
- Make up from own stash (free)
- Burgundy fabric for side panels of dress - optional ($1.99)
- Acrylic paint and brush from own supplies (free)
- Needle and thread from own supplies (free)
- The first thing I did was find simple shift dress that might look like an adult sized baby doll dress when modified. I found mine at a thrift shop for $10.00. It seemed a bit narrow, so I added some triangular side panels to make it flare out more like a trapeze dress.
- With some cheap lace I purchased in the clearance bin at Joanne’s Fabric, I trimmed all the sleeve and hem edges with a quick running stitch.
- To make the collar, I drew two moon shaped pieces on a sheet of white felt, cut them out and sewed to the neckline of the dress for a "Peter Pan" collar shape.
- Now, here is the hard part// adding the dismembered baby doll to the dress: After your legs, and head are detached (just pull them off), its time to paint! I wanted my twin to have matching striped tights, so grabbed a small brush and some acrylic paints from my stash, and set up shop. First, paint the legs all white. These will need about half a day to dry completely. Then, using a tiny paintbrush, I painted the stripes. Again, let these dry for half a day before going on to the next step.
- Then, I cut out a 6"x 9" piece of felt for the leg attachment piece (this will drape over your shoulder underneath the dress itself). I folded it lengthwise into a 3” x 9” wide strip and then quickly whip stitched the open sides together. Folding the strip over my left shoulder for a guide, I marked two circles (one on front, one on back) of the felt strip where I wanted the legs to be attached.
- Eyeballing the circumference of the detached baby legs, I cut holes that were slightly smaller through both layers of felt on each side.
- Then, I popped the legs into the holes. Since the holes were tight on the legs, they were pretty secure, but I added a few stitches with a needle and thread to tack those babies in. The doll plastic was soft enough that I was able to poke a regular sewing needle right through it.
- After the legs are attached to your felt strip, use that as a guide to mark where the legs should sprout out from your dress sleeve.( Remember, rhe white felt strip with attached baby legs will go UNDER your dress at the shoulder.) Again, cut two holes that are slightly smaller than the circumference of the leg joint.
- Sew a detached doll head to the side of the dress where it might be naturally sprouting if you were a parasitic twin. Again, a few crude stitches did the trick.
- Fit the legs trough the small cut holes in your dress, and slip entire costume over your head. voila.
- Add striped stockings, crazy doll make-up and messed up hair. There are tons of doll make-up tutorials on Pinterest - just choose one you like. And, I just crimped the hell out of my own hair and it looked pretty scary!
My costume was part of a larger group costume of circus freaks. We had a lion and lion tamer, a bearded lady, a fortune teller and a murderous chicken.
What fun. I can’t wait for next year.