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Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, and it is my FAVORITE holiday! Obviously, I already have my entire costume all together and today I am going to show you all how to make a skirt for YOUR Halloween costume! My friend, Chelsea, is having a Disney Halloween party….so naturally, I needed to be Minnie Mouse. You can get any sort of different fabric and use this skirt for any costume you want:)
So, some of the outfit I had just lying around, but I didn’t have a red and white polka dot skirt. I looked around on the internet and found some like this one and this one, but I didn’t find any that I really liked, so I decided I would make my own:)
How to make a Minnie Mouse skirt:
The first step is to cut the fabric. I started with red and white polka dot fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby. You will want to measure your hips with a tape measure and then divide your hip measurement by 6.28. This will tell you the radius of your hips. Then fold the fabric in half, like it was on the bolt (hotdog style). Then fold it in half again the other way (hamburger style). Take the corner of the fabric and measure your hip radius length and mark on the fabric with chalk. Do this all the way across the fabric as shown in the second photo above. Then cut along the dotted line to make the waist hole.
Take Then take your tape measure and measure how long you want your skirt to be. For your reference, mine was 13 inches long. Then measure this length down from the waist hole. Move your tape measure around and mark on the fabric with chalk, just as you did at the waist. Cut along this chalk too. Open the fabric up and it should look like a doughnut! I then cut down the fabric from the waist to the bottom so that I could adjust my skirt and make it smaller more easily once I attached the elastic.
The next step is to cut the elastic to the size of your waist. Once you have the correct length elastic start pinning it to the waist of the skirt. You will need to make a few small pleats as you go around your skirt in order to use up all of the extra fabric and make a skirt that doesn’t go straight down. Sew the elastic to the waist band. I then put the skirt around me again to make sure it fits alright. Mine didn’t, I had to make it a bit smaller (hence why I cut up the side). Then sew up the side seam and keep going smaller until it fits you as you would like. If you want to finish it off by hemming the bottom, go for it. I didn’t since I am only going to wear it one night and it doesn’t look messy not hemmed.
I wanted cute ears, but everything I found that was specifically “Minnie Mouse” was too expensive for one use (These Lilly inspired ones are adorable, but obviously wouldn’t match…lol). I just bought some plain mouse ears from the Halloween store, but I did make the bow with left over fabric from the skirt. I wanted a big bow and the ones in the store were all too small. I took some of the extra skirt fabric and cut/sewed it into a rectangle and then tied a small piece of fabric around the center to make the bow shape. I then hot glued it to the Mickey ears. I already owned the black shirt, sparkly tights, and yellow shoes
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There you have it, a homemade Minnie Mouse costume! Hope you enjoyed!
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