Zombie Bride Costume

Earlier this year (yup, the kid plans ahead!), Suraya decided she wanted to be something “scary” (as she puts it) for Halloween. That something scary is a zombie bride… and I liked that idea! As I was searching for ideas, I came across this Corpse Bride costume over at Family Ever After. I loved it, so decided to use it as the inspiration for Suraya’s costume.

First thing on the list was to go thrift shopping for a white dress, and boy was this more difficult than I expected. I admit I did procrastinate a bit… Suraya gave me a six month notice and I decided to start hunting a month before. Maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad finding a dress if I started the hunt much sooner, but I was not expecting it to be a difficult task! Well after hunting one thrift shop to the next, I did finally find one! Yay!

It’s not exactly what I had hoped for, but for $5.99 it’ll do the job. The outer fabric of the dress was white and the lining on the dress was a light pink, but the pink wasn’t going to affect the outcome of the costume.

To make it more “bridal”, I added lace and tulle (white & gray tulle). I cut each into strips; random widths. No measurements were done for any part of this dress. Just cut and sew.

First thing I did was remove the bow that was on the waistline of the dress along with the two ties. I also shortened the front of the dress by simply cutting it. I didn’t want Suraya tripping on her dress as she ran from house to house.

Next I sewed the strips going around the waistline of the dress. I placed one strip of lace on the front on each side and two strips of tulle in the center. I repeated that for the back. After the strips were sewn, I trimmed the length of the strips to match the lengths of the front and back.

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Then I took one of the trimmings of the lace and sewed it on the bodice of the dress, and one of the gray tulle trimmings was sewn on one shoulder. I bunched up the bottom of the tulle to create a “flower”.

Lastly, to “dirty it up”, I lightly spray painted the dress in black; randomly but avoiding the gray tulle. As a last minute thought, I decided to add a tulle sash which was spray painted all black. The dress is done!

Next, I made the bride’s flower bouquet. I used fake flowers that I had on hand and spray painted them black too. I had two little blue flowers so I added them to the bouquet. I wrapped the stems of the bouquet with lace that was spray painted black, and finished it off with the original bow that was on the dress. That was also spray painted.

We can’t forget the bride’s veil! To make the crown of the veil, I used two pipe cleaners that were attached to each other and wrapped with one of the ties that were originally part of the dress (spray painted black). Then I took the remainder of the tulle and tied it on to the crown of the veil. Done.

Halloween in Chicago usually tends to be cold, so I like to make sure that Suraya is kept warm. I took a black long sleeve shirt that I already had on hand, cut off the ends of the sleeve and cut slits going down the sleeves. Underneath the black shirt will be a white long sleeve shirt.

I also included gloves that were chopped up!

I found the black wig at Walmart for $5. Spray painted it with a bit of white for highlights. At first I had planned to do the eyelash look like the Corpse Bride costume (which looked cute!), but opted for the runny mascara look instead. I used face paint makeup and my own makeup to complete the look.

The last addition was a pettiskirt to add fullness to the dress. I just used the same one that I made for Suraya’s 50’s girl costume which was also used for her flower girl dress.

Our zombie bride is ready to collect her gifts… avoid the tricks for she prefers treats!

Not only was this an easy costume to put together, it was also a quick one! I would say it took less than an hour to make! Now tell me what you think? Did ya get spooked? ;)



  1. October 22, 2012  9:08 am by Amy of while wearing heels Reply

    Yes. I am fully spooked. It turned out great. I love the things you added (tulle, lace, the sash), it makes that simple dress look like more bridal. She makes the prettiest zombie bride I have ever seen. Another create costume!

  2. October 22, 2012  10:54 am by Maha Reply

    Good job on the costume!

  3. October 22, 2012  1:17 pm by Denise Aboushoushah Reply

    I think the costume is great and really scary she looks so cute.

  4. October 23, 2012  12:06 am by familyeverafter Reply

    So funny, I just saw your thumblink from a link party, and was interested, so I clicked over... come to find out you have a link to my corpse bride costume from last year :) Yours turned out great! It was fun to see how you followed my tutorial, and what you did to change it up as well. Have a Happy Halloween!

  5. October 23, 2012  4:29 am by ColleenB. Reply

    Wonderful job transforming the dress into a wonderful costume for Suraya

  6. October 24, 2012  10:25 pm by CB Reply

    It's beautiful (when I was a kid we would wear those weird masks with a rubber band tying them to our heads--I remember being hot and salivating!). You should enter a contest!

  7. October 25, 2012  1:10 am by Dee Reply

    Cute! Love what you did with the dressI hope you will link this up to The CSI Project starting tonight. The challenge is DIY Halloween Costumes. You just might win!!!!


  8. October 25, 2012  7:48 pm by Karen @ Folk Haven Reply

    Definitelyspooked! This is totally creepy and so much fun! She's going to have a blast with this costume. You are so creative!

  9. October 26, 2012  10:12 am by Annie Reply

    Great costume! Every details came together and made a scary but beautiful zombie bride!

  10. October 26, 2012  5:07 pm by Debra Reply

    It's AWESOME ! I had to click on your link because I laughed as soon as I saw it ( earlier today I saw my youngest niece posting her various layers of Zombie makeup on Facebook...she's into zombies too! :)

  11. October 30, 2012  4:05 pm by Angelia Reply

    She is perfectly scary!!

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