Many women and girls enjoy dressing in medieval-princess costumes because the outfits are ultra feminine and usually elaborate. Plus, they make a lot of women feel pretty. As a result, medieval-princess prom dresses are very popular for Halloween, Renaissance fairs and medieval-times events. While you can purchase these costumes, they may be expensive. If you go the homemade route, you’ll still have to purchase some pieces but your overall expenses will be less. Homemade costumes also give you the chance to customize.
Prom Dress Princess
Many young women have old prom dresses in their closets that they can refit into princess costumes. Avoid neon colors and pastels; medieval women often wore deep jewel tones. You also want an ankle-length skirt and a covered back. Satiny materials look the most authentic. If you don’t have a prom dress, many department stores put their prom dresses on clearance in the summer and some secondhand stores carry donated prom dresses. They can go as low as $10.
You can leave your arms bare for a Disney princess look or get some sheer lawn or tulle that matches your dress. Sew it into two tubes with elastic at one end and slide them up your arms for faux sleeves. Twist two colors of thick craft wire together for a crown and set it on top of curled hair. Wear ballet slippers to complete the look.
This costume works best for little girls. Find a long-sleeve T-shirt and cut any gathered cuffs from the sleeves and hem. You can let the fabric curl up slightly after it’s cut or hem it down. Add some lace to the sleeves, hem and collar. Gather the shirt at your child’s waist so the bottom flares out a bit. Cover the gathers with a sparkly belt, a sash or satin cord. Decorate the shirt with glitter paint, sequins and small silk flowers. Bend a garland of silk flowers or metallic stars into a crown and complete the outfit with ballet slippers or sparkly sandals. Help your child pick patterned tights that match her unique prom dresses.
Tie Dye Princess
This costume idea works well for adults and children. Pick a long skirt from your closet and get some iridescent sheer fabric. Choose a skirt made of flowing material, like jersey. Cut a circle from your iridescent material with a radius as long as your skirt. For instance, if your skirt is four feet long, your iridescent circle should be eight feet wide. Cut a hole in the center of the circle for your waist and gather the edges lightly to give the fabric texture when you move.
Sew the sheer fabric to your skirt. Use a very tight tank top or T-shirt for a vest, cutting the sleeves from a T-shirt and creating a V-neck. For a brightly colored or white shirt, dye it dark blue, purple or red tie-dye with no ties. Dye a large, long-sleeved T-shirt a lighter color and cut cuffs from the sleeves. Sew elastic inside the sleeves around the biceps to make them puffy. Curl your hair and wear some rhinestone jewelry. Tie a scarf around your waist to cover pleats and hems.
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