Monday, March 24, 2014

DIY Carnival Costume - Frankencostume


DIY Carnival Costume - Frankenstein
This costume is made completely from recycled materials (because obviously I have too much time on my hands).  The inspiration came from the Victoria Secret outfit below and the bra & panty are recycled from my Caribana costume.   

Two looks combined into one
I actually saw the Victoria Secret outfit long before I just happened to come across some left over fringe.  When my girl handed me a pair of fringe boots to design and asked me to remove the fringe, I knew exactly what I was going to do with that fringe.

Fringe removed from the carnival boots I designed
I have a box that has YEARS worth of old costumes just collecting dust (keep in mind I play mas about 4 - 5 times a year).   Knowing how much costumes cost, especially TnT costumes I decided to gut each and every one of them for parts.   The belt was recycled from my Island People 2013 costume.  I used the belt in the costume I made for Miami and then again for my TnT 2014 Monday wear.  A lil paint goes a long way huh???  This time I used left over fabric from the carnival boots I made for another friend and reupholstered the belt

The evolution of a belt
 
I cut off the excess fabric that previously hung from the bra and then I just added a million stones to the bra & panty (left over stones from the boots).  The colored stones were ripped off other old costumes.

As usual I didn’t wear my arm pieces at Caribana so I made some slight modifications to one arm piece and turned it into a bracelet/ring thingy. 
Added a strip of fabric to my Bliss headband so it vibes with the Frankencostume better. 

Dust off the Panama boots

TADA!!!  Frankencostume
Easy as 1, 2, 3  This shall be worn at Jamaica carnival. I almost bought a JA costume, but I figured instead of  purchasing a $300 costume that I wasnt really feeling,  I'd just buy the half price tshirt option and wear my Frankencostume. 

6 comments:

  1. you are very talented, i just wanted to knw can you do a step by step on carnival belt making

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    1. Thank you! Belt instructions can be found on this blog post http://www.angelapanama.com/2014/06/diy-carnival-costume-atlanta-carnival.html

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  2. girl this is the BOMB. we have windy city carnival here in chi town and i'm not playing mas in the parade but i do want to make a likkle ensemble. you just inspired me, thanks!

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  3. also, do you have an article about making the head dresses?

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