We were looking for a couple’s costume that was cheap and easy enough to DIY; Homemade Popeye and Olive Oylseemed like the perfect fit (I think I was actually inspired from previous year’s submissions on this site). The costumes were constructed with a judicious amount of duck tape, very little sewing, and fabric felt with an adhesive backing.
We put both outfits together in about an hour (we work better under pressure).
Popeye’s costume • Pants - $14 from a second hand store • Dixie cup hat - $2 from a military surplus store • Corncob pipe - $5 from Party City • Black T Shirt – $3 from Ross • Fabric for the collar - $2 from Joann Fabrics • Adhesive felt (two colors) - $2 from Michaels • Synthetic Pillow Batting - $5 from Michaels • 2 pairs of nude pantyhose - $2 from Walmart
Olive Oyl’s costume • Skirt - $9 from Papaya • Shirt - $5 from Forever21 • Yellow ribbon - $2 from Walmart • Adhesive felt - $2 from Michaels
Coolest Homemade Popeye and Olive Oyl Couple Costumes 12
by Kelli B.
(Chicago, IL USA)
Popeye & Olive Oyl
I made these Popeye and Olive Oyl couple costumes, using the Popeye movie with Shelley Duvall and Robin Williams as my inspiration. I thought the more old school they looked, the more interesting the costume.
My favorite part of the costume were the shoes on Olive Oyl. I felt they were key to making the costume authentic. I also loved the beer cozies, made from spinach cans and daisies.
Popeye's arms were made out of nylons and quilt stuffing. I made his shoes with duck tape, brown cloth sewn together and gold buttons with ribbon. The pants were from Dickies and his shirt was hand-made. I removed the gold rope and anchor from his sailor cap and sewed on a piece of white material instead.
I also made a Sweet Pea costume which was a little sack with a white ruffle and a sailor cap.
We received many compliments on our costumes and were told how perfect we were for these characters.