How to Make a Cave Woman Costume

A homemade cave woman costume is easy to make for a novice tailor, as the finished product is supposed to look primitive and rustic. Sewing machines weren’t around when cave women were assembling their wardrobes, so you won’t need one either. Select fabric that resembles animal skins, such as leopard prints or fake fur or leather. The easiest way to make the outfit is by having someone wear it, as you create its shape. Accent the outfit with necklaces, bracelets or other pieces of jewelry made from shells or items resembling animal teeth or pieces of bone.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Helper
  • Long leather strap or rope
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Glue
  • Fake fur

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Measure the distance from your neck to where you want the hem of the cave woman dress to fall.

Double the measurement from the previous step and purchase a length of fabric using this measurement. For example, if you measured 33 inches from your neck to your desired hemline, purchase 66 inches of fabric.

Wash and dry the fabric, following the manufacturer’s washing instructions. If necessary, press with a hot iron to remove any wrinkles.

Fold the strip of fabric in half. For example, if you purchased a 66 inch length of fabric, from a 36 wide bolt of fabric, the folded piece will measure 36 by 33 inches, with the fold measuring 36 inches wide.

Lay the folded piece of fabric on a flat surface and line up the edges of the two halves so they match. When looking at the rectangular piece of fabric, the fold is the top of the outfit.

Place the scissors at the center of the fold. Make a 4 inch straight cut, parallel to the sides. Make a second cut, about 8 inches long, on the fold at the center. If you were to unfold the fabric after making the two cuts, the cut would appear in the very center of the fabric in the shape of a cross. This is the opening for your head.

Slip the fabric over the head of your helper, wrong side out. The helper should be the same size as the person who will be wearing the costume.

Tie the leather strap around the helper’s waist to shape the costume and hold the costume in place. Overlap the sides of the costume by tucking the sides of the front over the sides of the back, when securing the ties. If using a wide bolt of fabric, this can eliminate the necessity to sew up the sides of the dress. If you don’t feel the tie adequately holds the sides together, use a needle and thread to hand sew the side seams.

Shape the hem of the costume by cutting it into a zigzag line. Do the same to the arm openings. Cut away some of the neckline to shape the costume, according to the figure of the wearer.

Turn the outfit right side out, when you have shaped it into the desired style. Re-belt the outfit and add final touches, such as gluing on patches of fake fur to the neckline or hemline.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of a leather strap, you can use a rope, scarf or other belt-like object.
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