By Request: DIY Kate Middleton Halloween Costume

By Request: DIY Kate Middleton Halloween Costume

I was definitely surprised when summer turned to fall and “princess Kate Halloween costume” rocketed to the top of my keyword activity in Google Analytics because of this post (and this one).  Kate Middleton Halloween costumes are turning out to be one of the most popular picks for girls–and grown-ups–this year.

Sure, you can buy an adult bridal Kate Middleton costume (and there’s one for Prince William, too). You can even buy a (scary) Kate Middleton mask. But there’s no need to shell out 40 bucks for a poorly-made costume.  DIY is definitely the way to go.  It’s easy, it’s inexpensive, and you’ll be much happier with the results. And this Kate costume is just as appropriate for grown-ups as it is for little girls (and it’s way better than the bridal option!)

This DIY costume isn’t an exact replica of any one Princess Kate outfit. Instead, I combined two iconic Kate Middleton looks: the wrap dress (this lovely blue one is from her engagement announcement photo) and the fascinator.

And here’s what I came up with:

I made a fascinator from three dollars’ worth of felt, tulle and feathers from my local Jo-Ann Fabrics, relying on Simple Simon & Company’s excellent tutorial on how to make a birdcage (aka fascinator).  It took me 30 minutes and $3 worth of supplies, and it absolutely makes the outfit.

Here’s how to make your own basic DIY Kate Middleton costume.  You’ll need:

  • a fascinator (see the tutorial above; I used a circle cut out of a cardboard box for a base.  Seriously.  This is a very forgiving project.)
  • a blue, black or navy wrap dress.  (My 6-year-old’s dress is actually a women’s extra-small top that I got at Target.  It worked great!)
  • a classic necklace

If you want to do a more authentic costume, add:

  • hosiery and heels
  • A diamond-and-sapphire ring–or a cheap look-alike!
  • gently curled hair
  • eyeliner
  • brown hair!

I thought about going more “authentic” with my own little girl’s costume, but decided we were just having fun playing dress-up, and that definitely wasn’t worth wading into the deep waters of hair dye and eyeliner!  But since I do have a sapphire ring, she wore that for our photo shoot.

Here are a few more photos of my little Kate look-alike:

We sure had fun making this costume!

Are you making any costumes for Halloween?

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  1. Hannah says:

    I think this is really cute. Have to say, though…this is my husband’s worst nightmare! He is so not into the royal wedding thing! 🙂

  2. How fun and adorable. I found a lovely vintage wrap dress that fits my 13 year old and instantly thought Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Guess we were both looking at the same post on Simple and Simon and Co. Now if only I can convince the 13 to go as someone she does not know from a movie she has never seen.

  3. sarah beals says:

    She is adorable! Love Kate! We don’t really go out for halloween in our area, but Walmart had a Scarlett O’hara costume that we may be forced to buy for dress up. 🙂

  4. Lucky says:

    That’s really cute (and looks easy enough for even me to do). I wanted to dress my 3 year old and 10 month old as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but was 3 yo DS has his heart set on Curious George.

    Is making a fascinator out of $3 worth of materials the modern accomplished woman’s version of trimming a bonnet? 😉

  5. Karianna @ Caffeinated Catholic Mama says:

    Anne! I love this!!! My girls are going as a witch and a kitty this year, complete with tulle tutus made by mama! I’ll post some pics when we are done moving. I was just talking to my friend about this, this past week, how the homemade costumes are so much fun!

    I have been a huge fan of fascinators for a while and love to wear them myself. I’ve got a few in my Etsy shop, but I am afraid for them to sell because then I won’t have them for me!!

  6. Brenda says:

    Your little girl is cuter than cute! I love her costume…and you’re right about the fascinator being the key to the whole outfit! Happy trick-or-treating. 😮


  7. angie says:

    great job and if you want to be one of the other princesses you will have to have a different fascinater hat a bit bigger and bolder

  8. Jessica says:

    I love, love, LOVE that you created a modest, pretty costume for your daughter. Not doubt she feels like a “lady” wearing it. Bravo to you, Mama.

  9. Samantha says:

    Can I wear this??? I am such a huge of fan the Princess- what a great idea! And your little model is adorable. So creative!

    🙂 crafty texas girls

  10. Cynthia says:

    This costume is so darling! Or…perhaps it’s the sweet little girl that makes it even more so 🙂


    I love the Princess Kate costume idea…hmmm….

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  12. liZ evans says:

    Your daughter is beautiful and the costume is darling. I am so glad that the fascinater worked out for you. (I love them and keep making different ones for my little girl…they are just too fun.)

    Also, thank you for linking back to our blog.
    Have a great week.

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