How to Make a Sailor Halloween Costume for a Woman

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How to Make a Sailor Halloween Costume for a Woman
White trousers can be worn under the sailor costume for a more modest look. (George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Sailors are an iconic image of American culture. Their stark white suits and blue ties have become a favourite for those looking for a classic costume. Women can easily make their own fun, comfortable and sexy sailor costumes using inexpensive and easy-to-find items, such as T-shirts. With a little time and skill, you can create a cute, nautical costume.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Too-large T-shirt
  • Dressmaker's pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Navy blue T-shirt or fabric
  • 6 brass buttons

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  1. 1

    Turn the T-shirt inside out and try it on. Pin the sides of the T-shirt close to your body so it becomes a form-fitting dress. (You may need someone to help you pin.) Pin the sleeves so they are tight to your arms. You can shorten the sleeves.

  2. 2

    Take off the shirt, being careful not to hurt yourself with the pins. Sew along the pins, and cut off the extra fabric. If you shortened the sleeves, fold the raw edges over twice, and sew a hem.

  3. 3

    Draw a triangle with sides that are at least 2 feet long with the tailor's chalk on the navy blue T-shirt or fabric, and cut it out. The sides should be long enough to tie around your neck as a scarf.

  4. 4

    Sew the brass buttons to the front of the dress just under your bust in two rows of three buttons each.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a white T-shirt that is several sizes too large. It should be long enough to be worn as a dress, so make sure you are comfortable with the shirt's length. If you aren't and cannot find a shirt that is long enough, you can wear white trousers under the costume.
  • Wear a white sailor-style hat, if desired.

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