Becoming Snow White | Halloween Costume Edition

Happy Halloween, boys and ghouls!!

Well, we’ve finally made it to the best day of the year, and I am please to show off my finished Snow White costume! This one took some doing, and the process was a lot longer than anticipated, but I am please with the results overall.

Below is a rundown of the creation of this costume from start to finish, and I go into detail on the necessary accessories I acquired to really pull this piece together. So, without further ado, here are the deets:

The Pattern & Materials

For this costume/cosplay, I used the Simplicity pattern #2813, which comes with pieces to either make the Snow White dress, or the Cinderella dress.  For materials, I went with a hodge-podge of fabrics that I figured would go together well.

For the bodice, I used a blue stretch velvet (close to a velour), and for the skirt and bodice piping, I used a matte satin in a muted golden yellow. I got more of a costumey, shiny satin in a light, sky blue and classic red to use for the sleeves and the teardrop shapes. Finally, I chose a white sateen for the outside of the collar, and a stiff craft interfacing to give it shape.

After I got the pattern, I decided to make some slight modifications to the construction of the costume:

The first, and main, modification  made was to scrap the cape. I thought it looked weird and a bit lame. Because I wasn’t making a cape, I decided to use an invisible zipper rather than a standard zipper.

I also did not make my own piping for the bodice, like the pattern suggested. I took the skirt fabric and cut the piece out (not on the bias), and skipped sewing in piping cord.

The Construction 

Overall, the construction of this costume was fun, yet challenging. I thought this would be a straight-forward project, but there were some hiccups along the way. But before we get to those, here’s a general overview of the process.

Cutting out the pattern pieces and fabric wasn’t difficult at all (although I did find out how much velvet/velour sheds when you cut it). As I said before, I decided to not make the cape or piping, so I didn’t have to cut out those pieces/buy the extra fabric. I did cut down the yardage of fabric I needed for the skirt as well, since the satin I found was 60″, and the pattern called for 4 1/2 yards of 45″ fabric.

The first thing I started on was the bodice. Construction was very simple; however, after I got the velvet cut and sewn together, I realized that it’s a dress that would probably benefit from a lining (like the pattern instructions suggests). I picked the stretch velvet/velour because I thought it would be super comfortable, and mold to the shape of my body easily. In order to be stretchy, it would need to have a stretchy lining–which I did not buy. In order to combat this, I took some of my leftover material, cut on the bias, and made some bias tape to bind the raw edge of the neckline.

This turned out great, so once I was done, I moved on to the sleeves.

Here’s the one note I’ll make for the sleeves: MAKE SURE YOU BUY WONDER UNDER/HEAT N’ BOND YOU CAN SEW THROUGH. I got the permanent type of Heat n’ Bond, which I later discovered 1) you shouldn’t sew through, and 2) kinda peel off. But, after much ironing, I managed to get them to stay.

The first major hiccup came during the sleeves stage. I gathered the sleeve pieces and pinned them onto the bodice, but for some strange reason, one sleeve became super puffy and pretty, and the other one…we…deflated. As I sewed it into place, the gathers came out. I kept it in place as is because I didn’t want to keep ripping out stitches, since that satin is rather delicate. So one side remains deflated.

Once the bodice was sewn and the sleeves were in place, I got working on the skirt. There was A TON of material to work with here, and then I wound up chopping off more later on so the hem would fit with my height. I did have some trouble lining up the point on the front of the bodice with the front of the skirt, but managed to fix it later on.

I took off about 10″ of fabric off the hem, then I was worried that I took too much off. The hem was about 1/4 of an inch!

The other hiccup–and one of the biggest one–was the zipper installation. For the life of me, I could not get my zipper in nicely. When I finally got it in and tried it on, though, I ran into my other major hiccup: the dress was a full size too big.

However, since I kinda fupped up sewing in the zipper, I decided to make the seam allowance around the zipper SUPER big, which did the trick. The dress was taken in with little alteration to the actual garment.

Finally, the collar, which was pretty easy to construct. However, definitely use iron on Velcro® or sew-on snaps to place it onto the dress. Sewing in Velcro® absolutely sucks.

Once this was done, the main costume part was complete!

 

The Accessories & Make-Up

The most fun part about this costume was definitely collecting the accessories. The first one I procured was the wig, which I found on Amazon. It is such a nice wig, and I highly recommend it.

For shoes, I was originally planning on wearing nude-colored flats, but I decided last minute to find some nude heels to wear instead. I went with nude shoes because that’s what Snow White appears to wear in the film. The shoes also have small bows on them, which I made with cream-colored, wired ribbon.

Finally, for make-up, I went off of her look in the film: 1930s-style brows, blush, and red lips. My friend over at Freshin Beauty actually did an amazing, simple recreation of her look, so I highly recommend checking out her post to see what she did!

And here is the final look!

What do you think? Did I pull it off? Overall, I’m so thrilled that I had the opportunity to make this costume. I’m happy with the final results, and I can’t wait to bust it out again soon! And while you’re here, take a look at my other costume/cosplay creations!

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween, and be sure to let me know in the comments below what you were for this amazingly spooky day!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

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