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!