Whether you're dressing up for a casino or gambling night, need a unique Halloween costume, or want to look your best for St. Patrick's Day, a Lady Luck costume is a great way to look beautiful and festive at the same time. You can make your own outfit with a few simple supplies, or you can purchase pre-made Lady Luck costumes to get this look in a snap.
How to Make Your Own Lady Luck Outfit
Making your own Lady Luck costume costs about $30 and takes about an hour of your time, plus a little extra for drying. It's a fun project that allows you to customize your look to suit your own taste. The sewing required is minimal, so don't worry if you aren't super handy with a needle and thread.
Things You'll Need
To create your own look, you'll need to pick up an inexpensive green satin chemise to modify. You can find these at discount stores or department stores, or you can order one online. This option from Pintimi Woman retails for about $15 on Amazon. You'll also need the following:
- About a yard and a half of white lace
- Fabric glue
- One yard of dark green ribbon
- Piece of green craft felt
- White thigh-high stockings
- Green glitter spray paint, such as Kelly Green Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray Paint
- Plastic top hat, any color
- Needle and green thread
What to Do
- Begin by applying a thin bead of fabric glue to the hem of the chemise. Work in sections of about six inches. After the glue is on, press the white lace firmly on top of the glue and move on to the next section. Continue all the way around the hem. Set this aside to dry while you work on other parts of the costume.
- In a well-ventilated area, apply a light coat of the glitter spray paint to the hat. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions and apply additional coats until it looks the way you want.
- Cut five shamrock shapes out of the green felt. You can do this freehand or use a shamrock stencil or pattern. Make the shamrocks about two inches in diameter.
- Cut the ribbon into five pieces and make a bow with each piece. Use fabric glue to attach a shamrock in the center of each bow.
- Thread the needle with green thread. Starting at the hem of the chemise, take large running stitches going straight up for about eight inches over one thigh. Gently pull the thread to gather the fabric. Knot the thread and trim the end.
- Use fabric glue to attach one of your ribbon and shamrock decorations over the gathered spot. Attach a second one in the center of the neckline. Glue a third on the hat.
- Sew a ribbon and shamrock decoration on each stocking, right at the top in front.
- Once the glue and paint are dry, you costume is ready to wear. Add a pair of sparkly shoes and a smile, and you'll be the hit of any party or event.
Customizing Your Look
Add a few of these costume accessories to give your Lady Luck outfit a personal flair:
- Glue playing cards to your hat.
- Attach gold dice to the center of your shamrock decorations.
- Wear luck-themed jewelry, such as shamrocks, gold coins, and other good luck charms.
- Carry chocolate gold coins to hand out to people you meet.
- Add long gloves and a feather boa for even more style.
Buying Lady Luck Costumes
If you're short on time, you can also purchase ready-made Lady Luck outfits. Consider the following options:
- Rubie's Women's Lady Luck Costume - This offering, which retails for about $38 on Amazon, includes a long green gown with padded dice shoulders and a roulette-themed hat. It comes in regular and large sizes.
- Sequin and Fringe Green Lucky Flapper - While not billed as a Lady Luck costume from HalloweenCostumes.com, this green flapper-themed outfit is full of sequins and fringe and plenty of lucky style. It retails for about $30 and comes in regular and plus sizes. Throw in some Queen of Hearts shoes and a green top hat to complete your look.
- Lucky Lass Costume - A fun option from Party City, the Lucky Lass costume is a dress with laced front and green gathered skirt. It comes in regular size and retails for about $40. Add a green glitter mini top hat to finish off the look.
Graced by Good Fortune
Whether you choose to buy a costume or make your own version of the Lady Luck look, you'll be the center of attention at any event. Add a little fantasy eye makeup and a great smile, and all who see you will feel they have been graced by good fortune.