Introduction: How to Make a Sweeney Todd Vintage Inspired Dress

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If you ever find yourself in need of a Victorian style costume, here is how to create your own using old clothing, dye, and a sewing machine! Follow along with Corinne of Threadbanger to find out how. For more information on this project, watch the video, and for more rockin' DIY style, subscribe to Threadheads on iTunes!

standard bridal petticoat
Rit dye
rubber gloves
old towel
large pot
sewing machine

Step 1: Dying the Skirt

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First put down some newspaper, put on the gloves, open the dye, and read the directions a couple of times.

Fill up your pot with hot water, add the packages of dye, a scoop of detergent, some salt, and stir very well. Then heat it up on the stove.

Get the garment completely soaked with water.

Since the item we're dying is pretty large, we're gonna use a big plastic tub to do the actual dying process in. Otherwise, we would do it right in the pot where we did the dye bath. Put your garment in the dye bath and completely submerge it. You wanna leave it in for about a half an hour and the whole time you should be moving it around because it needs constant agitation.

Once you've reached your desired color, take it out and thoroughly rinse with cold water.

Then hang it up to dry.

Step 2: Add Thrift Store Finds and Deconstruct

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Use another thrift store find to create a the top of your Victorian Masterpiece. We found a velvet dress. Just cut off the sleeves and the bottom into an appropriate shape.

Cut the bottom ruffle off of the top layer of the skirt so that you have some tulle poofing out from the bottom.

Step 3: Add Ruffles and Sleeves

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Pin the skirt ruffle you just cut off above the very top ruffle for extra poof. Put some ruffles around the collar like we did for Rob's shirt in the same episode. Add an old corset and some simple sleeves, then sew it all together.

And you're havin' sew much fun in your new costume!


tosca_ (author)2011-05-29

That's really cute!

kenchato (author)2010-11-21

WOOO look great! And CUTE! :P

chingy09 (author)2009-01-29

I love the corset!! did you make that?

SarahMichelle (author)2009-01-26

Love the dress! So far no great finds near me! *pouts* But deff going to do this as soon as I have all the parts!

This is AWESOME. Worked out great. LOVE YOU, MR. T!

earthangelclothing (author)2008-09-10

Love it! Love it! Love it!!! What more can I say?

KitKat21 (author)2008-08-01

this is great, i've made a victorian dress before but with a pattern. this is much more vavavoom ad vibrant than mine though! LOL

gellero (author)2008-07-20

Can you wear this sort of stuff on the Playa??

canida (author)gellero2008-07-22

You can wear anything on the Playa. ;)

andyhuntdesigns (author)2008-07-17

much better than the "sweeney todd" shirt. My wife loves this.

SpinWard (author)2008-06-12

I love the painting behind her! "I will drive myself crazy" Neat interview and costumes!

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