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Carmen Miranda Costume

Carmen Miranda Costume 

I recently attended a trivia night at my girls school with a Hollywood theme. It took a while to decide on a costume as I wanted to spend as little as possible and try to use what I had in my stash. I had a supply of colourful fabrics that I've been hanging onto but they're not really colours I would would wear everyday. Who wears lots of colour? Carmen Miranda of course!

I made a peasant style top from some purple cotton voile using a vintage pattern from my stash. A pink ponte knit that I picked up as a remnant (not sure why!) became a wiggle skirt using the Jenny skirt pattern from Burda. I lengthened the hem and cut it at an angle then added a ruffle to the bottom using a floral cotton. Unfortunately you can't really see the skirt in the photos.

I tried to find fake fruit for the head dress but found my search fruitless (boom tish!) except for a few cherries so I settled for fake flowers instead. I made a cap from a scrap of jersey then stitched the flowers and a few feathers into place, my mum helped me with the tricky parts. I then wrapped a length of fabric around my head and tied it in a big bow.

Carmen Miranda Costume

I finished off the outfit with a heap of costume jewellery and a scarf tied at the waist.

I was lucky enough to be included in the top 5 costumes for the night but sadly missed out to the Beauty School Dropouts who's costumes were amazing.

I think costumes are one of my favourite things to sew, they're so much fun! Have you made any costumes? 
Tags: costumes, Sewing

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