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.
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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
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!