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    Default Bride of Frankenstein costume tutorial

    I get many requests on how to make a dress like the one I did for "The Bride" prop. Here are the directions I gave to the last person who asked and also front and back pics of the dress.

    As far as her costume is concerned, it's really quite simple. I would suggest that you get yourself a long sleeved white t-shirt. You could also use a sleeveless one, but then you would have to wrap your arms and that could become uncomfortable if the wrapping is either too tight or keeps slipping down. Some shoulder pads would also help build up the top of the shoulders.
    The neckline could be cut so that it is more squared or get a shirt with a low cut neckline. Cut a few holes in the sleeves to mimick the wrapping. Use some white gloves and cut off the fingers and make a few holes in those as well.

    The dress is basically 6 yards of 54-60" wide fabric. You may need more or less depending on your height. Just measure from the top of your shoulder to the floor, add 3 or 4" if you want a hem, and double that measurement to find the yardage needed.

    Take the fabric and fold it in half across the width. Then fold it in half across the length. Where the folds meet is the center of the yardage. This is where you'll cut an opening large enough to go over your head. Once you put this on, you can mark where you want the actual neck opening to be. Just as in regular garments, the back part of the opening usually rests higher than the front. Go ahead and cut the opening in a square shape and allow for at least 3/4" to fold under along the cut edge. You'll also need to clip the corners so the folded edge will lay flat. You can use fabric glue or fusible hem tape to secure this folded edge.

    Okay, so now this thing is lookin pretty silly hanging on you right? You'll probably need someone to help you with the next part. Using two hands, pull up on the fabric at the shoulder about 2-3" away from your neck and create a fold and pin that in place. The do the same thing until you get 3 or 4 folds. Repeat this for the other side as well. Now it should look like a big piece of draped fabric with 4 folds at the shoulder and soft folds all the way down the front and back. Next, take all that extra fabric on the edges and fold it down and under your armpits. You can make this as high or low as you want, it really doesn't matter since you'll have your shirt underneath it anyway. To keep it simple, I'd just pin it closed with a few safety pins. This is also how you would hold the shoulder folds in place. I'm a big fan of safety pins for a quickie costume. You can hem the bottom or just cut it off at whatever length you want.

    That's really all there is to this costume....draping and folding.


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    You know I just HAD to look, right?

    I keep meaning to do the Bride one year, but I run out of time and my costume tends to be a last minute thing.... this makes sense and I can sew, so I may try this soon!

    Thanks for the quick guide!
    I'm a Halloween Bride! 10/31/2002

    Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
    ~Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    You're very welcome FG. Of course this can be thread sewn as well as tape sewn. I just thought I'd post the quick and dirty version

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    This is simply fantastic! I know what I'm wearing for Halloween this year.

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    hi laurie i am in need of your help!!
    I am stuck at the part where you say " Then fold it in half across the length. Where the folds meet is the center of the yardage. " where exactly is that..?
    sorry i have never made a costume before i'm new to this whole DIY stuff.
    If you could please explain this to me I would really appreciate it!!!
    Thank you!

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    perla, I answered your question in a pm...hope that helps.

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    Default Bride Of Frankenstein Hair help

    First of all....thank you for the costume tutorial! Much better than I would have thought of. I did use the long-sleeve t-shirt idea, but after washing it a few times, the armholes stretched out. So, the final night I was wearing the costume, I supplemented with actual gauze bandages cut in half long-wise. It added a tattered look and covered my flesh-colored arms (pics don't show this).

    Oh, and for anyone interested in the hair...here was my solution with no teasing....this requires shoulder length hair.

    1) Lightning streaks: I found a Lord of the Rings Gandalf wig and beard set. The beard has tapered ends near the ears. This was a perfect width (and color) for the streaks, so I cut approximately a 4 inch wide section off of each end of the beard. I hot glued the raw edge under. Next, I got some Elmer's glue and added a bit of water to it in a bowl. Soak each "streak" piece in the glue and lay out in the zig-zag shape on a piece of wax paper to dry. It will keep the shape throughout several wearings. The pics show some white hair coloring at my temples. I didn't like the messiness of that, so I didn't use it but that first time.

    2) Overall hair shape: I made a "hair tamale" out of two legs of pantyhose filled with 3 yards of tulle netting. I have auburn hair and tried to match the netting and pantyhose close to my own color. Once stuffing both legs, I attached them together into a spiral beehive shape with safety pins (these won't show) pinned into the inside of the "beehive". Next, I separated my own hair at the crown. I placed the "tamale" onto the crown, then pulled my hair up around the tamale, securing the ends with a ponytail holder. A little heavy duty hairspray to keep the loose ends smooth. Then, I used hairpins to pin the streaks to the sides of my hair.

    End result? Very lightweight and durable style - although I did have to ride with my convertible top down.
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    I'm new here, but I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing costume tutorial!

    Last minute, I decided to try the Bride for Halloween this year and I instantly knew that I didn't want to go the hokey, ripped & bloody wedding dress route... Team Elsa Lanchester all the way! So after a disheartening Google search for tips on how to pull this costume off, I came across your wonderful tutorial. You saved me! I'm a terrible seamstress, so with just some pins and some iron-on hem tape, I was in business! Strangers even stopped me (and my husband who went as Bela Lugosi's Frankenstein's monster) on the street to compliment us!

    So thank you again, for all of your digital help on what has now become my favorite Halloween costume yet!

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    Lauriebot, you look absolutely awesome! You were born (re-animated?) to wear that costume! You and your husband make lovely monsters. Welcome to the forums. Great job!

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    What type of fabric is the best to use? And do you think more fabric is needed for plus size?

 

 
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