Costume Pieces Made From the Garden

Finally I have some dead and dying flowers from the garden to work with.

She’s lost her marbles, you say?  Not at all.  I’m helping my sister make her Halloween costume.  She’s dressing up as The Corpse Bride, from the movie of the same name. We’re big Halloween fans in our household. It’s license for silliness and creativity.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
(photo credit Yahoo Movies)

Here is what we have so far.

The Veil and Headpiece

We found a sheer ivory curtain panel at a local thrift shop to create the veil. I’ll distress the fabric in a bath of tea to add character. I made the crown from Mexican Sage flowers tied around the base of a headband, then wrapped in purple ribbon. As the flowers dry between now and October, they’ll take on a dusty hue.

Corpse Bride Crown

Corpse Bride Crown
(Mexican Sage)

Sage and Ribbon Closeup

Sage and Ribbon Closeup

The Bouquet

I used spent hydrangea blooms, now a mottled pink and green, and added dried lavender. I mixed in dead Cosmo stems and a few Allium Stellatum, also known as Prairie Onions. (She can smell the part, too). I wrapped the dried stems in garden twine, covered them with black tissue paper, and added leftover bits of purple and black ribbon.

Corpse Bride Bouquet

Corpse Bride Bouquet

Corpse Bride Flowers

Corpse Bride Floral Bouquet

The Gown

We picked up a white sheer blouse and a long linen skirt for a few dollars at a thrift shop.  They’re both made of natural fibers so they’ll die well.  (Oh the puns). Together they’ll make her wedding gown.

There are a few more details, but for the most part the costume is coming together.  Halloween is about eight weeks away.  Can’t! Wait!

Do you celebrate Halloween in your area?  Do you plan to dress up?

9 thoughts on “Costume Pieces Made From the Garden

  1. I think that’s going to be perfectly spooky. I think the adults sometimes enjoy Halloween even more than the little ones. I can’t wait to see the whole outfit. Are you going to a party with Sharon? What are you going to dream up for yourself?

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  2. I love the bouquet you created from your garden too. I didn’t have a chance to view this post last night so I’m commenting this morning. I need to go online and find my blue clip on hair attatchments. Kim wants to practice my makeup this weekend. It’s going to be great!

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