German beer maid costumes are quite popular with young women celebrating Halloween, and it's not hard to find these costumes in a store or online. But buying a costume can be problematic. The costume may not fit well. It may be expensive, or you might want to add your own touches. All of these drawbacks can be eliminated by making your own costume. With basic sewing skills and a lot of patience, you can create your own German beer maid costume that will turn heads no matter where you go.
Things You'll Need
- White cotton fabric
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Black cotton fabric
- Upholstery fabric
- Corset laces
- Knee-high stockings
- Colorful hair ties
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Cut out two pieces of white fabric that are each 24 inches long and as wide as the widest part of your torso.
Lay these fabric pieces directly on top of each other, right sides together. Sew up both sides, leaving a 6-inch opening on the top of each side for the armholes.
Sew the top of the shirt together, leaving a 6-inch opening in the middle for the collar. Cut out a semi-circle at the front of the collar to open it up a bit more.
Hem the collar and the bottom of the shirt.
For the sleeves, cut out two pieces of fabric that are each 6 inches wide and 18 inches long.
Fold one of the pieces of fabric in half, bringing the shorter sides together. Sew the short edges together (opposite the fold).
Sew one of the remaining raw edges of the sleeve to one of the armholes of the shirt. Hem the other raw edge 1/2 inch, leaving a 1-inch opening in the hem.
Cut a piece of elastic that is just long enough to wrap around your upper arm. Thread this elastic through the hem of the sleeve, using the 1-inch opening. Gather the fabric as needed.
Repeat the previous steps for the other sleeve.
Cut out a piece of black fabric that is 24 inches wide and 70 inches long. Fold the fabric in half, bringing the shorter edges together.
Sew the short edges together (opposite the fold), making a sort of tube of fabric. Hem one of the 70-inch openings of the tube of fabric to form the bottom of the skirt.
Hem the top of the skirt (the other 70-inch opening of the fabric tube) 1 inch, leaving a 1-inch opening in the hem.
Cut a piece of elastic that is just long enough to wrap around your waist.
Thread the elastic through the waistband of the skirt, using the 1-inch opening. Gather the fabric as needed.
To make a waist cincher, cut out a piece of upholstery fabric (or other thick, sturdy fabric) that is 6 inches wide and just long enough to wrap around your waist.
Hem the fabric all the way around, using a seam allowance of 1/2 inch. Insert grommets in the shorter edges of the fabric, following the instructions on the grommet package.
Cut a piece of corset lacing that is 24 inches long, and thread it through the grommets.
To make an apron, cut a piece of white fabric that is 20 inches square. Hem the apron all the way around, and sew it to a 50-inch piece of white ribbon.
Braid your hair into pigtails. Secure the braids with colorful ribbons.
Pair the outfit with some clogs and knee-high stockings.