Mardi Gras on the Cheap

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:20 PM

How to create a costume for a Venetian Carnaval when you are too busy (or too lazy!!!) to make everything from scratch? Dollar Tree and the local GoodWill yielded most of the necessary acomponents—for about $13 dollars. 

A dated velour top cut into two width-wise strips which are then  seamed together and gathered at the top becomes a peplum. The sleeves get cut off and become long gloves
(hint-use the upper arm end for the hands, tracing your fingers on the wrong side of the fabric and allowing a 1/2" seam allowance) An Indian-style tunic is shortened and attached to velour peplum. Eyelets and copper ribbon edging added to the front take it from formless to fitted.
The extra fabric from the bottom half will make a lovely purse later.) Next, spiff up a dollar store mask with a little copper paint and a "crown" made from remaining fabric scraps and wire
(Lesson learned with this project:-how to sew around a wire form!)