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DIY Matryoshka Costume

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DIY Matryoshka Costume

Finished project with hair piece and makeup

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Photo #1 - Finished project with hair piece and makeup Photo #2 - Materials used (not pictured: Sewing machine and iron) Photo #3 - Chicken wire form over dress form Photo #4 - Draped canvas with line marked for face opening Photo #5 - White ribbon with metal boning/hoop wire Photo #6 - The primered canvas base with hoop bones, and foam lining in head section Photo #7 - Finished project front view Photo #8 - Finished project back view
Costume type:  Costumes for Women
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Toys and Dolls Costumes

This homemade costume for women entered our 2011 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Lori, the 'Matryoshka' costume creator:

I've always quite liked Matroyshka Dolls (aka Russian Nesting Dolls) and thought it would be a fun challenge to create one!

I began by building a chicken wire shape around my dress form, making sure to add a large coffee can to make a "head" on the dress form to get the right height.

I used 5 yards of natural color canvas, cut into 4 sections, and pinned it around the chicken wire form. I removed the canvas, trued up the lines, and cut it out leaving a 1/2" seam allowance. I then cut 1" wide sheet foam along the same lines from the crown of the head to the shoulder.

Next I stitched the four seams together, leaving the side seams open for 18" long arm slits and allotted for a 1 1/2" hem. I inserted the foam pieces into the head section, and secured it to the canvas with thick thread.

I then took 3/4" white gros grain ribbon and stitched it around the shoulders, the waist, (above and below the arm slits) and turned up the hem 1" to create boning channels. Next I used metal sheet binding tape and threaded it through the channels, connecting the ends together with hot glue.

To prepare for painting, I put the sewed canvas base back onto the dress form and primered it using white house paint.

Using examples from real Matryosha Dolls, I painted the primered base with acrylic paint, and used a bit of gold spray paint for the floral details on the blue scarf.

I created a separate faux hair piece to mimic the bangs that some Matroyshkas have. Last but not least, rosy cheeks, big black lashes, and cute red bow lips!

Rating: 4.3 of 5. Votes: 61

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#1 comment by Rosemary November 12, 2011

What an original idea for a costume and is constructed very well.

#2 comment by Sylvia Hertel November 13, 2011


This is wonderfully creative and beautifully executed. Take care.

#3 comment by ellen September 30, 2012

Can you clarify - did you remove chicken wire? And, how did you get the head portion to "sit" on your head in the right way? Is there foam between your head & top of doll costume? Thanks

#4 comment by Daisy November 26, 2014

Is there instructions on how to make this? This is the best one I've seen!

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