These gangster costumes were for a Halloween party 3 years ago.
We bought most of my husband's costume at a thrift store. The watch chain was really just a simple chain that we pinned inside the pockets. For his spats, I cut up an old pair of sport socks and sewed them together under his dress shoe. He smudged black eyeliner under his nose for a mustache. We bought a black derby style hat and I modified it to look more like a gangster's hat.
My costume required a little more work! I bought a long black dress from a thrift store and cut it shorter. I sewed fringe that I bought from Wal-Mart to the bottom. I also bought plastic beads from Wal-Mart and then glued the ends together. (I had two necklaces on... one short and one really long one.)
I made the headband using black stretchy sequined ribbon and white feathers. I had long black gloves, a gaudy fake diamond ring and black beaded bracelets. I bought a plastic cigarette hold and made a fake cigarette. I wore simple fishnet stockings and an old pair of high heeled shoes.
We also used these costumes last year except I wore a blond wig (and was pregnant) and we went as Bonnie and Clyde after their first big heist!
Coolest Homemade Gangster and Body Optical Illusion Costume 35
Homemade Gangster and Body Optical Illusion Costume
Disposing of the Evidence...
This Homemade Gangster and Body Optical Illusion Costume took me about 6 hours to make. For the gangster's torso I used a jacket and mask over a Styrofoam/newspaper frame. It was supported upright with an aluminum pole that went into my back pocket. I cut a large hole in the back of the plastic container and it rested snug on my hips once I was inside.
The jeans/shoes I stuffed with newspaper and are attached to the container with staples. The costume was a bit wobbly but once I attached the arms to the container with Velcro it helped stabilize it.
It was a huge hit at the costume party I went to and everyone was trying to figure out part of it was actually me!
It is so gangster style and I think it should be on this website but it is up to you to decide that. Anyway, the Gangster Costume is so soft and silky it has a red tie and a white t-shirt and it has got black pants to.