Aladdin has been my favourite Disney movie since I was a little girl, and Jasmine has always been my favourite princess. She’s smart, independent, sassy, and has a tiger for a pet – what’s not to like?
So when my workgroup decided to go as ‘Disneyland’ for our firm’s Wanderlust-themed Christmas party at the end of last year, I naturally jumped at the chance to fulfill my childhood dream of being Princess Jasmine!
Unfortunately, all the ready-made costumes available were a lot more risque than what I was willing to wear to a work function, so I decided to make my own costume!
I based my outfit on the recent redesign of Jasmine’s costume, since I figured it would look better with my colleagues’ ballgown-style Princess cotumes.
Here’s how I put it all together.
The basic outfit: top, pants, shoes and wig
The wig was a lucky find on eBay – it came pre-styled, which made things a lot easier! I did have to make the centre part in the bangs, which took a lot of brushing and a bit of hairspray, but it was otherwise ready to go.
I didn’t have the time or inclination to make Jasmine’s curled-toe shoes, so I just bought a cheap pair of gold glitter flats from K-Mart for $9.
My lovely friend Katy helped me make the top and pants – we spent a good day working on this together!
We bought a lot of turquoise satin, some pretty foil-printed organza, turquoise thread, elastic, a zipper, some big blue rhinestones and a metre or so of wide, stiff gold pleather trim.
To make the top, I got a plain white strapless crop top from ASOS, dyed it turquoise, then bunched and sewed the organza to make the sleeves. I covered the stitching in the centre with one of the rhinestones, backed by the gold pleather to make it look like it was set in metal.
For the pants, Katy made a quick pattern for the harem pants, with a V-shaped waistband. We stitched the organza into the waistband for the overskirt, and added in a zip to the centre back to make it easy to put on. I added another of the rhinestones to the centre of the waistband to finish it all off.
It took a long time (and a lot of trial and error!) but by the end of the day, we had made a Jasmine costume!
Accessories: necklace, headband, ponytail holder covers
To make the headband, I started out with a cheap fabric headband from a discount store. I covered some of the gold pleather with leftover satin, and glued it down onto the headband. Then I glued on more gold pleather and the last big blue rhinestone – easy!
The ponytail covers were made with more satin-covered pleather and some stick-on velcro dots.
The necklace was a bit of a score – I found it on sale in Myer, and when I went to the register, it ended up costing only about $3! I love unexpected discounts!
The cost of all the individual elements of this costume added up to over $100, which made it the most expensive (and time-consuming!) costume I’ve put together so far. But I think it was definitely worth it! I felt like an actual princess, and I got a lot of very flattering comments about my costume from my colleagues during the party. I’m definitely hoping that I will have an opportunity to wear it again sometime – I absolutely loved being Jasmine!