How to Make a Milkmaid Costume

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How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
A milkmaid costume is great for many different events. (maid image by mark smith from

A milkmaid costume is a relatively easy-to-create outfit of an old-fashioned dairy girl. It can be appropriate for all ages and many occasions such as Halloween costume parties, county or medieval fairs and school events. The costume can be sweet and utilitarian or short and sexy. The occasion you're wearing the costume for will determine the style and modesty of the outfit; milkmaid costumes all have the same basic elements, regardless of the overall effect.

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Things you need

  • Mop hat or white fabric and string
  • White apron
  • Dress
  • Tights or knee socks
  • Shoes
  • Shawl
  • Pail

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    Select a dress with sleeves to wear as the basis for the costume. Choose one with a longer, fuller skirt for a more traditional look or a shorter one for a sexier look; milkmaid dresses are usually bright and cheerful colours such as royal blue, grass green or crimson. Rolling up the sleeves if they are long makes it appear as if you've been hard at work milking the cows.

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    A long, full skirt will look very traditional (old dress image by Andrey Kiselev from
  2. 2

    Wear a white apron over the dress; the apron can be any colour, but white will look the most traditional. Avoid aprons that have writing, pictures or logos on them.

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    Any white apron will work for the costume. (la cuisinière image by harmonie57 from
  3. 3

    Add a mop hat as the accessory for your head; you can buy one at a costume shop, or make one yourself with a large circle of white fabric and string. See the first resource for one idea on how to make your own hat.

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    The mop hat is a common old-fashioned style (woman smiling & wearing a cap in the 17th century image by L. Shat from
  4. 4

    Wear tights or knee socks; knee socks will look especially cute if your skirt is knee-length or shorter, but tights are good if the weather is colder.

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    Knee socks are a cute accent for the milkmaid costume (legs in colourful socks image by Photosani from
  5. 5

    Choose a pair of shoes that look good with the rest of the costume; almost any style will do, including mary-janes, ballet slippers, granny boots, clogs, or plain sneakers.

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    Shoes such as Mary Janes are perfect for the milkmaid costume. (shoes image by Deborah Durbin from
  6. 6

    Place a shawl around your shoulders -- an especially good idea if the weather is colder. Grab your milking pail and you're ready!

    How to Make a Milkmaid Costume
    A metal pail will complete your costume. (Buckets image by Dawn from

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't find a mop hat and don't want to make one, you can also do your hair in the "milkmaid" braids style. See the second resource for instructions.
  • A short-sleeved blouse tucked in to a fuller skirt is a good alternative if no suitable dress is available.

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