Halloween is a fun time for everyone in the family. Whether one is attending a masquerade party, holding a party at home, building a neighbourhood ghost house, or just having fun on Halloween night, dressing up is what it's all about. Be creative and dress as the bride of Dracula. You needn't shop for everything if you are resourceful and enlist the help of family and friends to borrow things you need to complete your costume.
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Things you need
- Black clothes
- Play wedding veil (optional)
- Fabric dye
- High-heeled pumps or boots
- Petticoat pattern
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Cape or fabric for one
- Trim for cape
- Headband or flower
- Hair clips
- Face paint
- Hair paint
- Hair gel
- Back-combing utensil
- Fake blood
- Dracula teeth
Look through your closet in search of dark clothing that can be used for the costume. Search for colours in black, deep red, midnight blue, purple, or even white or beige if it can be dyed a dark colour. Whatever is chosen, it should be very monotone in nature and fit in with the time period of the costume. Opt for long broomstick style skirt coupled with an off-the-shoulder or corset style blouse. A simple little black dress can also work as long as it falls mid-calf or longer. Another option is to use a dark negligee set that isn't transparent.
Dye light-coloured clothing following the instructions for the type of dye chosen. Choose deep colours like black, navy blue, deep purple, or rich crimson. Whatever colour is chosen should coordinate well with the remainder of the costume.
"Distress" the costume by adding in some rips, tears, or shreds to make it look like it disintegrated in the grave. Rub in a bit of real dirt or brown powder or blush to simulate dirt. Also think of ways to tailor the clothing to give it a bit of sex appeal, like cutting the neckline to reveal cleavage or slitting the front of the skirt to show off a bit of leg.
Rummage through your accessories for accent pieces to complete the overall look. Search for wide, corset style belts, lacey scarves, fishnet, patterned, or black hosiery. If none are found, talk with family and friends to see what could be borrowed for use.
Locate one or more petticoats that add volume to the skirt. If none are readily at hand, make them. Use several metres or yards of netting to make a petticoat. If using a commercial pattern, choose the amount of netting recommended. Make a petticoat by cutting 4 m of netting into two 2 m sections (or 4 yards into two 2 yard sections). Sew it together lengthwise to make certain the petticoat is long enough to show just below the costume's skirt. Cut away any excess. Next, measure a piece of elastic the size of the costume wearer's waist minus 5 cm (2 inches) and cut. Sew the elastic to the top edge of the netting stretching it out as far as possible while sewing. Once complete, sew the two sides of the petticoat together to complete it.
Although Dracula's bride is rarely pictured with one, if desired, add a wedding veil. Use a mock wedding veil that can be purchased at a toy shop or a discount shop that carries toys. One may also be found at a charity shop or you could make one from scratch with one metre (a yard) of black netting. To make a veil, gather one end of the netting with a needle and thread, using a long stitch. Secure the gathers in place by sewing a headband or flower at the top. Double secure the veil with glue if necessary, and then pin the veil in the hair with hair clips.
Search in your closet for high-heeled pumps or boots that can be worn with the costume. Try borrowing some from a friend that wears the same size if they aren't readily available. The last option would be to purchase a pair. However, if that route is called for, be sure to settle on something that can be worn after the costume as well.
Look in your jewellery box for flashy jewellery. Pile on lots of necklaces. Opt for pieces that look like authentic diamonds, rubies or sapphires. Choose big cocktail rings and long dangling earrings.
Purchase or make a cape in black or a colour that matches the costume. To make a cape, purchase very wide fabric such as 1.2 to 1.4 m (48 to 54 inch), in the desired colour. Tailor the top of the cape to fit around the neck by cutting out a semicircle. Sew the raw edges under to disguise them or top them with trim such as sequins or seaming tape. Add ribbon on each end to tie the cape around the neck. Cut off the bottom to fall at the same level as the costume's skirt.
Apply gel to the hair before styling. Comb the hair back to form a rats' nest look, as might be expected from someone that just arose from the grave. Once the desired look is achieved, heavily spray the hair into place. Add a few streaks of colour with hair paint, if desired.
Apply a heavy skin moisturiser to act as a barrier to your skin before applying heavy make-up. Then paint the face a very light grey or solid white. Apply heavy eye and lip make-up. Exaggerate everything so that your white skin appears more pallid and the coloured make-up is very vivid: eyes, lips, cheekbones. Put a few drops of fake blood around the mouth and insert the Dracula teeth to finish off the costume.
Tips and warnings
- Choose fabrics that drape to add to the eerie effect of the costume.
- Choose a petticoat colour that isn't the same as the main fabric colour.
- Choose shiny or metallic fabric for the cape like silk, satin or lame.
- Embellish the cape with faux jewels if desired to add extra bling.
- The more jewellery, the better. The more ostentatious the better.
- Dracula style capes are plentiful during Halloween and can be purchased inexpensively at discount shops (between £2 and £15, depending upon material type) or even novelty shops.
- Avoid the use of trousers for the costume, as they don't fit in with the traditional bridal look. Choose fabrics that are flame-retardant.
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