I had been wanting to go as Carmen Miranda for the last couple of years, but had not found the perfect dress; finally, I found it! It was a size or so small, so I bought about three yards of ribbon and a skein of embroidery thread. I sewed along either side of the zipper with secure stitches the width of my ribbon, and then laced the back like a corset, with the ribbon close together so that there were no gaps and you could not see my back, only ribbon weaving.
I had these shoes already, and found an old vintage hat for 5 dollars at a thrift store, along with all of the fruit. I sewed a flowery scarf all around the hat, and took florist’s wire;
I took each fruit piece, along with an electric drill, and drilled holes where I wanted to connect the fruits to one another. I wired the fruits to the hat and to each other, and then I went back and secured with more wire and drilled to secure fruits together. The hat took me about a couple of hours, and sewing the back of the dress took about an hour. Added jewelry, and the right makeup, and it was perfect!
If you make this Carmen Miranda Costume, make sure that the hat fits you well.
I've always loved the 1940's and what a better costume idea to have and enjoy the look of the 40's than a Carmen Miranda costume! I knew I'd have to make my own costume as no store bought one would do her justice. I'd never sewed before so I borrowed a friend's sewing machine and went to town!
After watching many seasons of project runway I think it really helped. I actually "deconstructed" a skirt make of a very tropical print and used it as ruffles and puffy arm bands. I had some material lying around in our basement, the blue, and quickly formed it into a skirt.
The headpiece of course is really the best part. I don't know what took over me, but it ended up being a feet of amazing engineering as at our party all night it never never fell off! It all stayed in one piece and I even boogied late into the night!
I am very proud of my Carmen Miranda costume and would love an opportunity to wear it again!
Coolest Homemade Carmen Miranda Halloween Costume 4
(Vista, CA )
Homemade Carmen Miranda Halloween Costume
This Homemade Carmen Miranda Halloween Costume was fun to make. Most people today, I imagine, do not even know who Carmen Miranda was!
First, I went shopping for all kinds of fruit and bright material. I took an old lime green top and sewed layers of bright material onto a piece of material and then attached it to the top for the sleeves. Next, I took 10 yards of the Hawaiian print material and sewed a string inside so it could be gathered and then attached to the skirt of pink and orange panels.
I had an old woven basket that I turned upside down so it would stay on my head; I attached a Styrofoam cone to the bottom (top) and started hot-gluing fruit all over. I wrapped my head with more of the print material and set the hat on top.
I made a necklace with a small bunch of grapes, and earrings with small bananas. I even glued fruit to my shoes.
It was a fun costume to make and wear.
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