How to make a Unique Corpse Bride Wedding Gown or Dress for a Zombie Halloween Costume

It really is fun to make your own costume for Halloween

 I love to reconstruct old clothing into other things, so this project was perfect for me.  I had an old 1940s cream-colored satin wedding gown that I got at an auction for a couple of dollars because it was in bad condition.  Of course, you don't have to use one that old--that is just the one I had on hand.  I made another one a couple of years ago from an old 80's gown, and it turned out well, also.

Adding trim and additional fabric.

 In front, at the hemline, I made a bigger upside-down V cut about 12" in height. I inserted some sheer fabric, which was actually some old curtain panels, and trimmed it with some vintage lace that I had. I also added some additional vintage lace to the front of the waistline, and around the neckline.

In back, there was a long peplum that went down the whole length of the dress, from the waist down, so I sewed more sheer fabric to each side, and made it "ragged" along the edges, too, along with some tears. There's no one correct way of doing this--just whatever you want to do to make it look bedraggled.

Pics of Halloween Zombie Dress

This shows the front bottom of the dress, spread out.
This shows the front bottom of the dress, spread out.
This is the front hem, after adding the vintage lace and sheer fabric.
This is the front hem, after adding the vintage lace and sheer fabric.
This is the bodice which shows the vintage lace that I added at the neckline and waist.
This is the bodice which shows the vintage lace that I added at the neckline and waist.
This is the back, where I have sewed on the extra sheer fabric.
This is the back, where I have sewed on the extra sheer fabric.
Close up pic of top of headdress
Close up pic of top of headdress
Veil, spread out to show size
Veil, spread out to show size

The headdress, or veil, and dyeing it...

For the headdress, I bought a cheapie plastic headback, and sewed a tube of the sheer fabric, sliding the headband through it, and tacking the ends shut. Then I took a big piece of the sheer material and hemmed one end, and pulled a length of thick thread through it, gathering it, and tacked each end onto the headband. There was nothing else to sew on that, because I roughened the edges of that, too, to appear more authentic.

After all this was done, I bought two boxes of black Rit Dye, and dyed the dress and the veil in it, letting them soak for a few hours. The dress came out crinkled, and a beautiful dark blue, with the sheer fabric a light grayish-blue.

Use your imagination to make this as fancy as you want!

I stopped there, but there are many other things you can do--the sky's the limit! I wanted mine to be a little rough looking, but pretty at the same time, so I tried to keep it simple.

Making this dress took me many hours, but that was mainly because I hand-sewed every bit of it--I didn't use my sewing machine. So if you want to work faster, then just use your machine!

This one of the most fun projects that I'd done in a long time, and it really wasn't that difficult at all--try it for yourself, and you'll see what I mean!

 

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I put this on my dress form stand to try to get a better pic of the front of the whole dress, but I needed a taller one!
I put this on my dress form stand to try to get a better pic of the front of the whole dress, but I needed a taller one!
This is of the back--again, I needed a taller dress form stand, lol!
This is of the back--again, I needed a taller dress form stand, lol!

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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

I'll be glad when you sell it...that thing freaks me out! :)


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

lol...sorry, sweetie... :)


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Candie V 5 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

You are incredible! Voted way way up! That has got to be the longest Hub title ever!

I think Tom has (secretly) tried it on? Hmmmm....


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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

It won't fit over my belly. :)


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

Thanks Candie! Like my long title?haha Going for all of the keywords, lol...

Yeah, Tom was soooo disappointed when this didn't fit--so much for this year's Halloween costume, hahaha!!!


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jj0466 5 years ago from Indiana

nice job putting it all together! very creative and interesting hub


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TamCor 5 years ago from Ohio Author

jj0466--Thank you! I love creating these costumes--it's a relaxing hobby for me, and I'm glad that you liked it! :)

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