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Halloween Princess Costumes: Recycle Bridesmaid Dresses for Girls

Updated on February 5, 2017

Do you know a Princess that needs a new Gown?

Do you have a closet full of Bridesmaid gowns like 27 Dresses as seen below? Or even just 1 or 2? Do you have a daughter who longs to dress up everyday as a Disney princess? Do you need a Halloween costume but can't stand to buy poorly made or expensive costumes that actually fit for such a short time? Then below is the solution! This is only one example of a costume that could be made out of a Bride's Maid dress. I've also made a Princess Jasmine inspired by the Disney Aladdin movie. If I can find a pre-digital photo to scan, I will either update this page. Oh, and please don't tell my sister what I did with my dress from her wedding. Costume possibilities are endless with the color and fabrics from these much abused gowns. Black dresses would make easy and fabulous capes for those little Vampires. Red? How about Superman? Oh, and I guarantee, no matter what your are told, you will most likely never... ever... wear these dresses again.

Photo credit: Me! My oldest daughter in one of my Halloween projects. Yup, it's a recycled Bridesmaid dress. And the wand? She wanted to be a Fairy Princess. Well, of course!

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27 Dresses - Boy, what we could make with all those Bridesmaid gowns.

I made this Princess Costume well before this movie released, but the movie unending supply of Bridesmaid dresses inspired this article.

Important note...Don't worry about your sewing skills!Your daughter won't care as muchabout the quality as you might expect.

It's EASY to alter a Bridesmaid dress to make a Princess Gown

My daughter in her Princess gown which was previously a Brides Maid dress
My daughter in her Princess gown which was previously a Brides Maid dress

For this particular Princess costume:

  1. Remove skirt from bodice trying to leave pleating or gathering stitch in place. This will make it easier to alter if needed and reattach to bodice later.
  2. Bodice (or top):Re-size by folding in front center with good sides together. Pin. Try on for size. If needed for a better fit, repeat in back using same method on both sides of zipper if present. Pin. Try on again for size. Adjust if needed.
  3. Sew new side and back seams using basting (larger) stitch. Basting stitches are easier to remove if necessary. If the fit and appearance passes inspection, restitch using smaller stitches.
  4. Try on again and mark waist with safety pins where skirt should be reattached.
  5. Sew side and back seams using smaller stitches to ensure wearing strength.
  6. Shorten bodice length if needed by following original shape and stitch line for seam guide.
  7. If zipper will be shortened, tack stitch by stitching back and forth over the new end of the zipper prior to cutting.
  8. Skirt: Girls like lots of skirt so go ahead and use all of the skirt's width.Pin top of skirt to bodice , good sides together, matching side and back seams to seams on the bodice. Pleat or gather skirt seam salvage to match bodice size. Sew using basting stitch. If satisfied with appearance, stitch using smaller stitches.
  9. Shorten sleeves if required for length, cut and hem. For the dress shown above I used elastic above hem for a better fit.
  10. Try dress on again. Pin to desired length, cut leaving enough salvage to fold over or hem, then stitch.
  11. Fini!

Princess too good for the dress? - No way...

Your Little Princess doesn't care how well you sew... really.
Your Little Princess doesn't care how well you sew... really.

You don't have to be a great seamstress to please your children. I made this dress rather quickly using a bad machine before it was finally replaced. The hems are not pretty, and puckered quite a bit. Did my daughter care? Nope, not at all. She wore it for Halloween Trick or Treating, then it was worn by several little girls for dress up during my home daycare years. Then the little sister wore this gown a few years later for Halloween before it nearly disintegrated from too much love.

Would you rather create your own using a Sewing Pattern? - Princess Costume for your Daughter

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2817 Girls' Disney Princess Cinderella / Snow White Costume, Sizes 3-6 or 7-14
Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2817 Girls' Disney Princess Cinderella / Snow White Costume, Sizes 3-6 or 7-14

Sewing pattern for child's Disney Princess Snow White or Cinderella costume. Can be paired with Simplicity pattern 2813 (Misses) or 2563 (toddlers) for matching mother-daughter or sister-sister outfits. Available in GIRLS' SIZES 3-4-5-6 in one package, or 7-8-10-12-14 in one package.


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Ohh there I am again!! Love the old pics mom!! I look like Kaylee!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great idea for a dress up outfit! I bet you can find preowned bridesmaid dresses easily and inexpensively, too, if you don't already own one. An other added benefit is that the 'costume' dresses you buy are often made of uncomfortable fabrics...a real dress will be comfortable for your princess.

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      EmmaCooper LM 7 years ago

      Lovely recycling idea :)

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      Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

      The best part is it gives me something to do with the horrible dresses. :)

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      I was so pleased when you said that it didn't matter that you couldn't sew lol... I'm good with buttons, but never did learn how to use a sewing machine.. but I just might. I would love to take old dresses and make play clothes for my grandchildren to be ;)

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      I love it! Beautiful! Wishing I still had some angel dust to scatter :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a beautiful idea! Although I will not fit my closet of dresses ever again, my teenage daughter has actually worn them for some of her music recitals, but I wish I would have made at least one princess dress for her when she was little! :)

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens! 5 stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens! 5 stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!