OK! So perhaps you have your Miss Piggy Ears, and now it’s time to get moving on the actual dress of your First Mate Piggy costume.
As I mentioned last time, I’m planning on a Miss Piggy costume for Halloween this year – specifically, in her Pigs in Space outfit. Since I didn’t find much on the interwebz to help me make a costume, I’m writing up a tutorial on how I’m constructing mine! Enjoy 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not an experienced seamstress! Most of my methods are just from figuring things out as I go, so take these instructions with a grain of salt. If you have pointers, tips or other suggestions for folks who may try to attempt a similar costume as the one I’m making, feel free to share in the comments!
Also, I’m about a size 8. This dress design is a loose-fitting babydoll shape until you add a belt, so I’d guess it would work for sizes 6-10. Again, this is just a basic how-to. Please adjust your own costume according to your needs! 🙂
First Mate Piggy costume tutorial – before adding accessories!
2 yards light purple fabric (I found a lavender flannel with silver sparkles! what!?)
1/2 yard silver metallic fabric
eyes & hooks (or other fastener of your choice)
Piggy Dress Pattern as measurement guide
purple flannel and silver metallic fabric
First, using the PDF guide I made above, cut out the dress shape. The front and the back are identical, so you’ll need two.
dress shape cut out
Please ignore the fact that I didn’t iron my fabric (for shame!).
Next, pin the two pieces together inside-out (making sure the good side of the fabric is facing inward) and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch the sides and the shoulder straps. When you turn it right-side-out, it’ll look something like this:
stitched edges, right-side-out
Next comes hemming the bottom edge. I did a 1/2″ (or so) hem, and used a zigzag stitch so it would lay nice and flat.
hemming the bottom of the dress
You’ll also want to hem the armholes in this way, too, for a nice finished edge. I used a 1/4″ hem for the arms (sorry there’s no photo!).
Soon, we’ll be gathering in the neckline, so the next step is making a slit down the back, so you can fit your head in when it’s done! Find the center of the back, and make a 6″ cut straight down.
6″ cut for the head opening
Pin the edges back about 1/4″ inch and hem it.
pinned – ready to hem
Once that’s hemmed, we’ll begin pleating the neckline.
Find the center of the front, and make a 1″ accordion-type fold, like so:
first center pleat of the neckline
Continue folding pleats on either side of your first one, pinning as you go. Make sure they are symmetrical. I got 5 total pleats.
front pleats, pinned
I used lots of pins, just to make sure it didn’t come apart when I took it to the sewing machine!
sewing the front row of pleats
I was surprised at how well this worked! (haha) It really brought the neckline in, and the dress is starting to look like a real piece of clothing.
pleated neckline – front
And now, because the dress is still all floppy and open in the back, we need to pleat the back, too!
Using the same folding and pinning method, add pleats to the back of the dress.
back pleats, pinned
I got two 1″ pleats on each side of the slit. Pin it up and then take it to the sewing machine!
At this point, you can sew a set of eyes and hooks to the top of the head opening, so that you can clasp it closed.
eye & hook
Next it starts getting trickier, because we’re adding the silver trim to the dress. And I didn’t take as many pictures of this part as I should have. Forgive me!
We’re moving on to the puffy silver collar on Piggy’s dress.
Cut out a piece of your silver material that is 4″ wide and 18″ long. Stitch this into a long tube, with open ends. Then turn the tube inside out. Then you take this silver tube and pin it to the neckline of the dress. (There will be extra fabric hanging off either end)
silver trim pinned to neckline
Stitch them together with a good tight stitch. When you finish this step, you should have something like this:
silver neckline, sewed on
Now we need to stuff that collar! Grab your polyfil and pack it in good and tight through the openings at either end.
adding stuffing to the collar
Once the collar is filled to a uniform density, trim off the excess silver fabric, but leave enough to fold over twice – you’ll sew each end closed this way. Add another eye & hook to the top of the collar for closure.
Here’s what the padded collar should resemble:
We’re almost done! Next up we have the silver shoulder loops, or epaulettes if you will, which complete the look. I made a simple template with paper – it’s a 7″ diameter circle with a teardrop shape cut out of the middle. The width of the loop is about 2.5″ and tapering at the ends. Cut out 4 of these in your silver fabric.
prepping the epaulettes
Stitch 1/4″ all the way around, except leaving a 2″ gap somewhere so you can turn the shape inside-out.
stitched up with a 2″ gap at the inner top
Turn it inside out, and it looks like this:
epaulette, ready for filling
Add your polyfil, just like you did for the collar. When it is filled, stitch closed the opening (I used a needle and thread, not the machine, for this).
finished epaulette, ready to attach to the dress
Once you have two of them stuffed and sewn closed, they’re ready to sew onto the dress. Using a needle and thread, attach each epaulette to the top of the shoulder, as close to the collar as you can.
finished dress with trimmings
And there you have it!
the finished dress
Add a belt to complete the shape.
Add a belt to complete the shape
But of course, the costume isn’t finished yet! Lots of accessories to discuss, next time! See you then 🙂