A Queen of Hearts costume for a plus-size woman can be a good choice for Halloween or a costume party. Because the base of the costume is a basic dress, the outfit can be easy to alter for any size. Purchasing a Queen of Hearts costume in a store can be expensive and making one at home can be a cost-effective alternative. With some tips and know-how, a plus-size Queen of Hearts costume can be easy to create.
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Things you need
- 2 yards red fabric
- 2 yards yellow fabric
- Measuring tape
- Tissue paper
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine
- Black fleece
- Fabric glue
Measure your dimensions. Use a measuring tape to take down the width or your shoulders, bust, waist, hips and then the length of the hips to the feet.
Make a pattern using tissue paper meant for sewing patterns. Draw a simple sheath dress panel onto the tissue paper, making sure the top of the dress is as wide as the shoulders, goes out to the width of the bust, comes in to the width of the waist, flares out again to the width of the hips and goes straight down to the feet.
Fold two yards of red fabric in half lengthwise so there are now two layers of fabric. Attach the pattern to the tops of the fabric with straight pins, then cut out the shape of the dress panel, leaving an extra 1/8 inch to allow for seams. Remove the tissue pattern and straight pins from the fabric so you now have two identical red dress panels.
Sew together the side seams of the two dress panels, leaving the arm holes open. Sew the top shoulder strap seams together, leaving the neck hole open. Fold over the bottom hem and sew a seam, and fold over the hem of the arm holes and neck holes and sew a seam as well, creating clean lines. Turn the dress inside out so the rough edges of the seams are now on the inside and the clean hems show.
Hem a 2-yard bolt of yellow fabric so there is a clean seam all around. Fold the fabric in half width-wise so you have a double layer of fabric. Attach the yellow fabric at the waist of the red dress using the sewing machine, so it hangs like a petticoat on top of the dress.
Cut out heart shapes from a piece of black fleece and attach all over the yellow petticoat using fabric glue.
Tips and warnings
- Pair the dress with a sceptre and tiara to complete the Queen of Hearts look.
- Make sure the seams are tightly sewn to prevent tearing.
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