Choosing the right costume for a Halloween or a costume party can be overwhelming because of the number of options available. You could spend hours looking through the costumes available to purchase or rent at your local costume shop, only to end up spending a lot of money. The other option is to save money by making your own costumes. If you are planning on going as a couple and want to match, Popeye and Olive Oyl are recognisable costumes that are inexpensive and require little time to create.
Create Popeye's arms. Cut lengths of quilt batting the length of your arms. Secure the quilt batting at the wrist and around the upper arm using medical tape. Use medical tape to seal the open seam in the quilt batting. Cut the toes off a pair of nude-coloured knee highs and a hole in each heel to insert your thumbs through. Place one arm into each knee high. Fill out the muscle in the arms using cotton batting.
Draw an anchor on the pantyhose on one of the forearms, using a black permanent marker.
Wear a white sailor's shirt with a blue colour. If it is cold outside, you could opt for a blue navy pea coat instead. A pair of navy-blue sailor trousers or navy-blue dress trousers works well for the bottoms.
Wear a white, front-brimmed sailor hat. The hat should be all white on the front. If yours has an emblem, you can either remove the emblem or cover it with white fabric.
Carry a can of spinach and a pipe to round out the outfit.
Attach a length of white ruffle to the collar of red long-sleeved shirt using a sewing machine. Also, attach a length of white ruffle around the end of each of the sleeves of the shirt.
Sew a length of yellow ribbon to the bottom edge of a long black pencil skirt.
Wear white knee socks and a pair of brown calf-high boots. Roll the socks down until they are just above the top of the boot.
Use hair gel to slick back your hair and pull it into a twisted bun at the base of your neck. If your hair is lighter-coloured, consider dyeing it with washout black hair dye.
Search the thrift stores. You can find most pieces you need for your Popeye and Olive Oyl costumes at your local thrift stores or consignment shops. You may also be able to find what you need in your own closet.
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- Search the thrift stores. You can find most pieces you need for your Popeye and Olive Oyl costumes at your local thrift stores or consignment shops. You may also be able to find what you need in your own closet.
Things you need
- Quilt batting
- Medical tape
- Nude-coloured knee highs
- Permanent marker
- Cotton batting
- White sailor's shirt
- Pea coat
- Sailor trousers
- Sailor hat
- Can of spinach
- White ruffle
- Red long-sleeved shirt
- Sewing machine
- Yellow ribbon
- White knee socks
- Brown calf-high boots
- Hair gel