I saw a picture of a costume like this online and decided to try and make my own for Halloween. This is my first time submitting an instructable so bear with me!
Step 1: Step 1
The first thing I did was make a yellow dress for the base of the costume. I could not find a cheap one that worked, and things did not work out so well when I attempted at making my own, so I followed these directions:
and used a $4 yellow men's dress shirt from Goodwill. The directions are pretty easy to follow, and I did not have to modify them at all because the dress fit well as it turned out.
Step 2: Step 2
Next, I had to create the kernels. I measured the front of myself and drew up a picture of the dress, and decided that I would need 24 kernels that were 3 inches across in order to cover the front of the dress. I got a different shade of yellow, along with cream fabric, and cut out twelve 6" squares, and twelve 4" squares. Then I folded each square into quarters, and cut off the corners to make them into circles.
Step 3: Step 3
After I had all my circles cut out, it was time to sew them together. I pinned a large circle on top of a smaller one, with one of the edges lining up. If it makes a difference and there is a visible front and back to your fabric, pin them right sides together.
Step 4: Step 4
For this step, I just pinned and repinned until I got the circle as I wanted it. It might take a few tries to get the hang of it. About every half an inch or so, I took a small flap of fabric of the big circle and folded it over to made a pleat, and then pinned it to the smaller circle to create the rounded shape. I left about two inches or so unpinned so I could turn the kernel right side out once sewed together.
Step 5: Step 5
Once you have a few kernels pinned (I found it easier to pin a bunch at once and then sew them at once), you are ready to sew them together. Making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end, I left a 1/4" seam allowance and sewed the pleats down all the way around the circle, leaving those two inches open that were mentioned in the previous step. Once I had all twenty four kernels sewed, I turned them right side out, stuffed them with polyfiber stuffing, and hand sewed the open seams closed.
Step 6: Step 6
Finished with the kernels, it is time to attach them to the dress. I first laid them out on the dress the way I wanted them to look, and then moved them all to the floor, keeping the same arrangement. For each kernel, I put it on the front of the dress where I wanted it to go, and holding it in place with my left hand, I hand sewed the back of it to the inside of the dress. Although pretty time consuming, I wanted to make sure they would not fall off so I put quite a few stitches in each one.
Step 7: Step 7
Once you have all of the kernels attached, the dress part is finished. To create the husk part, I got a yard of green fabric and created a sleeveless jacket type thing. I did not follow a pattern; I pretty much just wrapped it around me and pinned and cut as I go until I got the result I was looking for. I also attached some fabric strands in different shades of green to the shoulders.
Step 8: Finished!
Once you are done with that, the costume is completed! The dress was a little bit short and it was cold on Halloween, so I wore tights underneath, and I did not want to wear heels so I wore brown boots and it looked pretty good. Enjoy!