For my Plus-Size Geisha costume, I found this “wig” at Goodwill. It was like $2.99 and I was dying because it was So cool. Originally it had just a little red bow and like 1 broken chopstick thing coming out but I could see the potential. I searched my closet and found a dress that I could work with.
Being plus size I wanted something to cover my arms so I looked in the closet and found a skirt that was similar material to the dress like a stretchy polyester. I cut the skirt in half and sewed it to dress making big like winging sleeves.
I had bought a paper umbrella on spring clearance at the craft store to use for hot summers so I dug that out of the car trunk. Then I went to Walmart for some fabric to fold and make the belt wrap…it was heavy. But worth it.
Last I bought some fake flowers from the dollar store and some hanging branch like flowers. I hand cut the little paper triangles to resemble what I had seen in a Geisha’s hair and attached them along with ribbons with hit glue. Tha make up was hard…so hard…the white kept cracking and I’d have to start over. It was difficult to get the right powder, cream balance.
I finally just settled because it could’ve taken forever to keep starting over. I did win the contest at work and everyone loved it. My customers were impressed and wanted to take pictures with me.
Sexy Homemade Geisha Costume
I always want to stand out in a crowd and wear something that no other person has, which is why I always make my own clothes and costumes. I designed and created my own Geisha costume by myself from scratch.
I wanted to do a unique take on a traditional costume which is why I made the neckline asymmetrical with an attached mandarin collar. I also wanted to geisha “kimono” sleeves to be separate to make the dress a little sexier and different.
I draped the patterns on a dress form and used satin brocade for the dress and stretch satin for the separate sleeves. The dress has a side invisible zipper and a frog closure detail on the mandarin collar.
The back has a screen print on nude mesh fabric detail to give the illusion of having a dragon tattoo. I am in love with the finished product, I wish every day was Halloween!
Coolest Homemade Girl's Geisha Costume
The beautiful Geisha! This year a fourth child was added to our group costume- and the theme was Japan. Two Samurai, a Geisha costume and a baby Hello Kitty.
The Geisha kimono was home made from 2 yards of pink satin and one yard of orange. The Obi material was chosen from the decorator remnant bin at the fabric store. I don't really work from patterns, I just look at pictures and imagine how they might be constructed/ what would be the easiest way to get the right look. The sleeves of the Kimono were important to me, and I lined them with orange. The neckline of the robe was also lined with orange. The Obi (the girdle part in the middle) was not really constructed but just pinned together and then held in place with a sash (I didn't want to cut the fabric).
The wig was a store bought "1950's pin up/ rocker" style wig that I styled into a Geisha fashion, and added some ornaments and a bone pin and flower. I did a lot of google image searches for Geisha to understand how the makeup should be and did my best with that.
A final weird finishing touch was to alter a pair of socks so they had a toe and so that flip-flops could be worn. There are many videos on youtube about Geisha fashion and grace and I watched a few with my daughter and she really got into the very reserved graceful character. She pulled this Homemade Girl's Geisha Costume off with her own personality! (and two Samurai guards!)
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