Mail Order Bride Costumes

Mail Order Bride Costumes

I was looking online for creative Halloween costume ideas and stumbled on a picture of a lady who was a Mail Order Bride. She was wearing a wedding dress and stuck stamps all over the dress. I thought that is a great idea, and original... no one does mail order bride for Halloween. So I thought it would be awesome to make a dress out of envelopes!
I told my mom this:
I want a corset top that laces up in the back, a full tea length skirt, and a vail with lace and bubble wrap; then I handed her a stack of Fed Ex envelopes and said here is your fabric. She is a very experienced seamstress so she had no problem bringing my idea to life, and EXACTLY how I wanted it! To finish the costume, I made a bracelet and necklace out of packing peanuts and bought a huge (fake) ring.

Total Cost:$10 (The ring)
My mom had everything else, and the envelopes were free

Tips:
Use big fiber envelops as you will have more flexibility with them, and an easier time sewing them together.
There are not a lot of postal services that have fiber envelops. I only found Fed Ex and the post office that had them. I originally wanted to have a tiered skirt and each tier would be out of different companies, but that did not work out. Although I do like how it is all matching and white as I only used Fed Ex envelopes. If I had used UPS my dress would have been brown, and wedding dresses are NOT brown!

Submitted by Bianca Johnson, Santa Clara, CA

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