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I made this costume for myself several years back for Halloween, and it definitely was a bit hit! I spent a lot of time and effort making this unique piece, and I think it shows! I tried my best to recreate Emily's ensemble from Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride.

For all the additional pictures, please copy and paste the address below go to my Picasa Web Album!


The dress form is set at 36" for the bust (this is a tight fit), 28 1\/2" for the waist (you could go slightly larger) and 38" for the hips. The hips are pretty flexible as the skirt is loose.

First, there is a hand-dyed long-sleeved midriff spandex top to wear under the dress. I wanted to avoid having to cover that much of my skin in blue paint, so I conceived of using this instead. If you've ever tried dyeing something that has a synthetic fabric in it, you know that it's very difficult to dye. I tried dyeing one of the arms black to make a backdrop for the arm bones, but even after repeated attempts, all I could get was sort of a bruise-colored purple. Oh well. The top used to be a mock turtleneck, which I didn't want, so I just cut it off. I didn't put a new, shorter zipper in, so the top of it extends beyond the shirt in the back, but if you want, you could always put a new one in. The arm bones are realistic hand-painted vinyl, glued on the sleeve. I want to point out that in the process of dyeing the top blue, there was some darker mottling from the dye. You can see it in some of the close-ups.

Second, the bodice is made of a stretchy puckered hand-dyed lace, with hand-dyed, hand-sewn lace edging the top and bottom. There are also scattered faux pearls, also hand-sewn, in an irregular pattern to give the effect that some of them have fallen off. There is a back zipper and also some boning to help the sweetheart neckline keep its shape. There is also plastic, hand-painted ribs with realistic shadowing, which are glued to a black piece of fabric and inserted in between the bodice layers. Such a cool effect!

Third is the two-layer skirt. The outer layer is a hand-dyed, hand-painted cotton gauze with raggedy frayed ends to simulate a long interment in the ground. There is a light blue shorter underskirt to avoid see-through. Both are split high up the center.

The tiara and veil is next. The tiara is also hand-dyed and painted, as well as the veil. The veil is also a cotton gauze. The wig has been altered by me. I wanted to make the strands more separated and stringy, so I set the hair on large rollers with hair glue.

Accessories include a pair of gloves--one skeleton, one regular light blue. Also included is a hand-dyed and painted rose bouquet, wrapped together with blue cheesecloth.

Please note that I have cats and dogs in my house (you can see one of them chilling in the veil picture).

If there's anything I missed that you would like to know, please let me know! Also, for shipping costs, please email me your zip code so I can give an accurate price. Thanks so much for looking!

Amazing Custom Handmade Corpse Bride Costume, Size 8


  • Materials: fabric, lace, fabric paint, tiara, veil, dress, dye
  • Ships worldwide from California, United States
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