Corn on the Cob Costume

Introduction: Corn on the Cob Costume

 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!

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    4 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Great job for your first instructable. Specially with your beautiful body the dress looks more pretty!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very well done! It's creative, well documented, and concise.

    A commendable first -ible!

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I've seen a wide variety of creative costumes this year and this is one of the best. I love how simple it is, yet I laughed out loud when I saw it!

    Long green sleeves would also work as part of the husk, some green leggings are another suggestion. Maybe ignore me, your costume looks great!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    aw thank you!! i really wanted to wear a long sleeve cardigan but i had a hard time finding one that was the shade of green i wanted. maybe next year!