Halloween Extravaganza Day 10: Bride of Frankenstein Hack

Welcome to Day 10 of the Charm Halloween Extravaganza! Haven’t had your fill of the macabre? I’m pleased to bring you a Bride of Frankenstein hack on the Morticia Gown (a free expansion on the Bryant Gown). We wanted to show you how easy it is to adapt a gown pattern into whatever your spooky heart desires! With a tapered, vampy skirt, a slim bell sleeve, and a train worthy of the Bride herself, here's how to transform the Morticia into the ghoulish gown of your dreams. (We used neoprene for its structure and simple finishing but make it in a cream stretch lace and it’s perfect for a #Hallowedding!) Check out the video below to see how we did it.


Tips and tricks:

  • Lengthen the main Bryant pieces so they are floor length, tapering to a narrowed hem. I used the hip length adjustment line and added 27" to mine.
  • Leave a slit on one princess seam for walking ease and extra sauciness! Trim away the seam allowances on the slit.
  • I cut my back dress piece on the fold (eliminate the back seam allowance) and converted the back v-neck to a straight neckline to accommodate the shoulder train.
  • I narrowed the Morticia sleeve to a slim bell shape and smoothed out the batwing shape at the hem.
  • Leave all hem and sleeve edges raw!
  • Cut the train at least three times the width of the back neckline and long enough to extend to the floor (add extra length for DRAMA). Gather the upper edge of the train and apply it flat from shoulder to shoulder on the back neckline. Apply lace trim to the entire neckline, sandwiching the train in between. Leave train edges raw (tricot does not fray!)

Hope you love this quick and easy Halloween sewing project!