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Big Trouble in Little China's Gracie Law Costume

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Big Trouble in Little China's Gracie Law Costume

Big Trouble in Little China's Gracie Law

Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Movie and TV Show Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2015 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Kathy, the 'Big Trouble in Little China's Gracie Law' costume creator:

I am wearing the costume. I love '80s movies, and Big Trouble in Little China is one of my top favs. Gracie Law's dress is beautiful, and I thought I was up to the challenge to recreate it. I started with the headpiece. I bought white feathers, acrylic metallic gold paint, which I used on the feathers to make her gold ones. I then stapled the feathers to a visor I got from the fabric store which is where I got red satin fabric and a kimono pattern. I adjusted the pattern to best match her dress style. I also got glittered hard stock paper which I cut in the shape of the peacock wings that frame her face. For her golden peacock head detail, I shaped tin foil as best as I could in the shape of a peacock head and painted it gold. I used glue gun for the first time to glue all details to the headpiece, including the peacock head. Once the fabric was all stitched up and sewed like her dress, I cut out a stencil of the Chinese symbol she has all over her dress, I dipped the stencil into the metallic gold paint and then stamped the symbol throughout various parts of the dress. And lastly I had to glue with fabric glue the golden trims along her sleeves, and my mother helped me sew the trim around the belt and neckline. The hardest part was over once all that was done. Her makeup was really easy to mimick.

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#1 comment by Mandy September 8, 2017

Hi there, your costume is AWESOME!! This is probably a shot in the dark but what pattern did you use for the gown? The only thing I seem to be finding (yet) that is similar are actually medieval gowns.

#2 comment by Kathy September 9, 2017

Hi. Thank you, Mandy!! I used a kimono pattern. "Simplicity Pattern 4080-Misses Kimono Costumes" and adjusted it a bit to match her dress. It's actually two pieces (top and skirt) made to look as one whole dress with the help of the belt.

#3 comment by Mandy September 11, 2017

Fantastic, thanks so much for your response and pattern info. If I'm able to put together a costume that looks half as nice as yours I'd be quite happy indeed!

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