how i made my maleficent costume: the dress

this post is for all you lovely people that wanted to see how i managed to make my maleficent costume! (and it’s for me because i really just want to tell everyone how i made this thing cause i’m pretty proud of myself!)

before i say anything else, i just want to say that i know my costume wasn’t perfect. there are quite a few things i didn’t have time to do or finish. it bothers the crap out of me. so before anyone says “it’s not exactly the same as the movie costume” trust me, I KNOW. i started this costume 3 weeks before halloween. i finished at 4 pm on halloween day. i did the best i could considering i work a full time job and have a life and stuff. i’m hoping to take some awesome pictures in the costume so i will (hopefully) be able to finish up those little details i couldn’t get to.

maleficent dress

the dress


in the linked post above i talked about using this tutorial to make a guinevere gown and alter it. well, i changed this one quite a bit. my way was a little more work so if you are going to make a maleficent dress and want it to be super easy and take up less fabric, then maybe you want to just stick to that tutorial. i really loved the way mine turned out though so i’m still going to tell you what i did with mine!

i got quite a few yards of my fabric, maybe 7, because it was on clearance for a dollar and i ended using up almost all of it. i have absolutely no idea what kind of fabric it is. all i know is it said “assorted fabric” on the end of the bolt and that it was about 60″ wide. i know it isn’t the best quality of fabric but for what i wanted (flowy, thin, inexpensive, specific color) it was absolutely perfect. it is the softest, thinnest, flowiest fabric ever! and it’s not too clingy. honestly, even if it was more than a dollar i still would have picked this fabric. the crafting gods looked down on me that day and blessed me with this fabric, and it’s price.

now please don’t judge my drawing! obviously i’m not the best artist haha. i did the best i could.


maleficent dress how to


– first i cut off 2.5 yards for the back gathered section. i also measured and cut a 120″ by 60″ piece for the sleeves. (not pictured)

– then folded the rest in half lengthwise and cut a half circle part of the way down from the top. i also grabbed a t shirt, folded it in half and layed it on top wear the front of the dress would be and used it as a guide for how wide i should cut the fabric front and extended that line to the bottom at an angle. (#1 on picture)

– i gathered the top of the 2.5 yards of fabric across the width of the fabric (#2) and then attached it to the back section (yoke) of the dress (#3).

– then i took the 120″ by 60″ piece and cut it in two pieces and laid them on top of each other. then cut diagonally to make 4 triangles (#4). then i cut part of one end of the triangle off where it would be attached to the dress.

– i sewed the sleeves together, only at the top/shoulder (#5) and the attached them to the dress at the shoulder (#6)

– i folded the dress in half and sewed the sides or the sleeves and dress closed (#7) and took a approx. 4-5″ piece of elastic and sewed it to the inside of the top part of the sleeve using this technique from tilly and the buttons and made the sleeves have a ruched look (#8)

– after the main construction of the dress i did finishing touches. i took a lower point of the sleeve and pinched it up to the top and tacked it down to give the sleeve a more gathered look at the top. i trimmed the bottom of the dress and sleeves to the length i wanted.

– instead of turning the edges in and sewing a hem i decided to use fray check to seal in the edges without making the dress look too modern. it saved a lot of time as well which didn’t hurt!

if you are going to be making wings like i did, then you are going to need to cut two little slits in the back of the dress where the wings will go through and into the harness. i did this after i made the wing harness and the wing frames. i put the harness on and then the dress and made not of about wear i would need to make them and then cut and fray checked the slit. it will all make more sense after me next post on how to make the wings!

so at the end of all that…it should like a giant sack. and that’s why you need to make:

the shoulder piece


for the shoulder piece, i got a bag of feathers, some long skinny ones and some normal fluffy ones, some vinyl to imitate the leather, and i ordered these braided straps from neotrims on amazon. the straps come in a two pack.

– first i drew the shape i wanted the “leather” to be on a sheet of paper. the shape was kinda a rounded triangle, but with the long side curving in more. the only way i know to describe it is that it was like a short, fat boomerang. you can kinda see in the top photo.

– i used the pattern to cut out two of the boomerang shapes.

– i then selected the feathers i wanted to use and started gluing them on the wrong side of the fabric of one piece. i kinda layered the feathers. i did the long ones first and then underneath i put the shorter fluffier ones to make it look fuller. i will i have longer feathers to add, maybe i will add that before the pictures.

– then after you finish with the feathers, you hot glue the other boomerang piece to sandwich the feathers on the inside.

– then i cut two slits next to each other on the two skinny sides of the boomerang. then pulled the ends of the straps through the holes and secured them closed. i used one strap on each side. i stitched the straps onto itself so it would be strong.



well there you have it. how to make a maleficent dress. and shoulder piece.

it all seems so complicated now that i have to type it all out! it honestly wasn’t too hard. the hardest part was the wings! which i will write about soon!!

oh and about the horns…i just bought them from party city. they were $20 and i honestly had so much on my plate with the dress and wings that i just decided it wouldn’t be that bad if i just bought those. plus i had no idea how i was going to make them and mine probably wouldn’t have looked as legit as the ones i bought.

the horns were my absolute favorite though! i want to wear them all the time!!

do you have anymore questions about the process? let me know in a comment below!


18 thoughts on “how i made my maleficent costume: the dress

  1. Wow, you did such an amazing job! I LOVE the costume. seriously.

    Btw I just wanted to let you know, I really like your blog and how positive you are. It’s really refreshing to read some of your posts, especially if you’re someone like me who does DIY projects and sometimes gets overwhelmed lol. If you don’t mind, I’d love to chat with you. I’m actually doing an assignment for my class that deals around my blog and I’d love to ask you a few questions and get your advice on stuff. If you’re up for it and have time, you can email me at I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

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  2. User that this is an older post, but I wanted to say thank you for the inspiration. My 3 year old granddaughter wants to be Maleficent for Halloween this year. One word of advice, stop apologizing, you did an amazing job, and unless someone is a paying customer, you owe them no explanation. This was a free tutorial done from the goodness of your heart. If someone doesn’t like what you have done, or the way that you got to the end result, they should scroll past. Be proud of what you have done, Everyone has room to improve, and everyday is yet another learning experience. Imagine a world where people encourage one another and offer help, instead of criticism❤️ Thank you again for your post!


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