How to make a genie costume for Halloween

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How to make a genie costume for Halloween
A genie makes for a perfect Halloween costume. (Nakisa Photo/iStock/Getty Images)

Little girls often prefer pretty Halloween costumes to the scary ones typically chosen by their male counterparts. It isn’t unusual to see a myriad of angels, fairies and princesses traversing the streets on Halloween night. The Disney influence is undeniable. The Little Mermaid, Cinderella and Snow White are popular choices each and every year. But they are by no means the only options. A few tiny female tots also remember Jasmine from Aladdin, or simply love the idea of being a genie themselves.

Things you need

  • Pattern for genie trousers
  • Baby doll top with an empire waist
  • Tights (the same colour as the genie outfit)
  • Sheer fabric like chiffon
  • Heavier fabric such as satin, silk, brocade or velvet
  • Elastic (1/2-inch)
  • Old pillbox hat or round trinket box form
  • Sequin, bead or other trim
  • Old dish detergent bottle
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Faux jewels
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Hook and eye closure
  • Ballet flats

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  1. 1

    Purchase the items needed to put the costume together, choosing a colour palette for the entire outfit.

  2. 2

    Cut the baby doll top off just below the elastic band which should fall between 2 and 4 inches / 5 cm and 10 cm below the top of the chest area. Turn the raw edge under and close it with a running stitch. Add trim as desired around the bottom, top and/or sleeves. You can even stitch on a few jewels if desired.

  3. 3

    Use an old pair of well fitting trousers from the child who will wear the costume as a pattern for the genie trousers. Take the trousers totally apart so that they can lay flat against the sheer fabric chosen for the costume. Pin the pattern in place with straight pins.

  4. 4

    Cut out the genie trousers, following the pattern exactly and adding an additional 2 and 4 inches / 5 cm and 10 cm in width on each side. Cut the inside stitching area of the trousers exactly to pattern.

  5. 5

    Stitch the trousers together except for the top and the bottom. At the top make a casing for the elastic by turning the raw edge back and under. Stitch it into place leaving a small opening on each end through which to run the elastic.

  6. 6

    Cut ½-inch / 1.3cm elastic to the size of the child’s waist minus 1 to 2 inches / 2.5 cm - 5cm. Attach a safety pin to one end of the cut elastic to use as a guide to run it through the top of the trousers' casing. Once the other end of the elastic is even with the slip opening, stitch it closed carefully to make certain that the elastic will not pull out of the garment. Work the elastic through to the opening at the other end of the waist opening. Now stitch the elastic tightly in place at that opening. Remove the safety pin and add trim, if desired.

  7. 7

    Cut ½-inch / 1.3cm elastic to the size of the child’s ankle minus ½ to 1 inch / 1.3cm to 2.5 cm. Follow the same procedure outlined in Step 6 above to put the elastic into place at the ankle. Add trim, if desired.

  8. 8

    Cut out a scarf using the same sheer fabric that was chosen for the genie plants. This piece will be used for the veil. It should be at least 8 inches / 20cm in width and 18 inches / 46cm in length. Hem stitch the raw edges around the scarf.

  9. 9

    Use an old pillbox hat or a fiberboard round trinket box form to make a genie hat. Cover the chosen form with a heavier weight fabric like satin, silk, velvet or brocade, gluing everything into place with fabric glue. Trim off any raw edges. Stitch one side of the veil to one side of the genie hat.

  10. 10

    Paint an old dish detergent bottle in a metallic colour of choice. Discard the top closure as it will not be used.

  11. 11

    Trim the bottle with any decorative trim of choice like braid, beading or sequins. Glue a few faux jewels, including pearls, all over the bottle.

  12. 12

    Dress the child in tights that match the colour of the genie trousers. These will prevent exposure as well as add extra warmth for chilly October nights. Then add the top and genie trousers. Top off with the hat. Pull the other end of the veil loosely over the child’s face and hook it to the other side of the hat with a hook and eye closure. Add ballet flats for shoes and jewellery (if desired) and the costume is complete. Have the child carry the genie bottle around or attach it to the costume itself with a chain belt around the waist.

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