I Dream of Jeannie

The only thing that makes this costume difficult is the time it takes to make it. And even then, if you have the hair already you’re halfway there. I DON’T. The pants are just the bottom part of a pant pattern made bigger so I could gather up the legs. The upper part of pant is the upper part of a pant pattern. The “bralet” is a bathing suit top pattern. I added sheer fabric on top of both. The maroon detailing is ultrasuede. The trim (and all the fabric) is readily available at a fabric store. I got all mine at Joann Fabric and Crafts. The whole costume was really inspired by the shoes. I happened upon them one day at a Burlington Coat Factory. I thought to myself, “Self, these would be a perfect genie.” And then I thought, “I could pull that off with some hair.” 😀

I Dream of Jeannie

SO, the hair: I went to a wig store and bought a huge “hank”, “swatch”, “chunk” or whatever it’s called. It was basically a thick ponytail the same color as my own hair. I had taken a small margarine tub and covered it to make the hat, cut a hole in the top, pulled half the “hair” through it, braided the rest of the hair and wrapped it around the bottom edge of the hat. I pulled most of my hair up into a tiny 1″ long ponytail and bobby-pinned the whole shebang over my own stub of a ponytail. (Barbara Eden’s hat had a hair braid around the bottom edge.) The veil is just more of the sheer fabric hooked onto the hat. It turned into a pretty cool costume that didn’t feel costume-y because it was made from real fabric.

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33 thoughts on “I Dream of Jeannie

  1. Just wondering if you make costumes for purchase? I’m in need of an authentic looking I dream of Jeannie costume by September 2014, and this one on your website is the best that I’ve found. I’m not much of a seamstress, otherwise I would give it a shot and make my own. Can you help?

    Best Regards,

  2. Can I buy this off of you?! Seriously. Would LOVE to wear this halloween!!
    I’d be open to renting it as well and returning to you after my costume party…
    Let me know!! It’s so unbelievably authentic and beautiful; not like the ones at the costume store.

  3. My niece will be I dream of genie for the shoe parade in Miss NJ pageant as she is a contestant. Her grandma sews. Any tips on where to get a sewing pattern and material? My niece is a size 4. Your costume looks awesome. Lisset

    1. I bought all my fabric at Joann’s Fabric Store. I have lots of old patterns for pants and pajamas and swimsuits so I use whatever I have.

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