Vintage Sewing

I Dream of Jeannie Costume

July 22, 2010

This isn’t quite your everyday wear of the 1960s, but I thought I may as well post it up here – after all, I was recreating a very famous costume from that era! (If it isn’t allowed, then… eep! I’m sorry!)

For an event where I work, the staff are asked to dress up in costume, so I decided to make Jeannie’s costume from I Dream of Jeannie. I used a vintage pattern for the bolero, and lots of advice from bellydancing forums to draft my harem pants. The top was a cheap bra with interfacing in a few areas to add structure and modesty, and chiffon sewn over the top.


You can see a little bit in this photo how the top hangs too low at the back – any suggestions for fixing that would be much appreciated! The bolero is a little too short to cover it; I just would like to take it up to the point where I can’t see a gap between the two and have the top running at the same height all the way round. I used a halterneck tie to hold the top up, I’m thinking this might have had something to do with it but I’d love to hear other suggestions on how to fix the one thing about this costume that is really eating at me!


Thanks for looking! Plenty more pictures over at my blog: http://thebarnothing.blogspot.com/

  1. Thanks so much everybody! Anon, the pattern envelope was pretty busted up so I'm not sure what number it was. I modified it a bit anyway by making it shorter and rounding the corners.

  2. Your costume is fabulous! I really like how the harem pant hides most of your midriff. This is something I'm looking for to hide unsightly stretch marks from bearing my children and to keep the costume appropriate for work. Very nice!

  3. i like the costume can u help make one to,im doing my own version of a black version of I Dream of Jeannie i have the pattern of it to make the purple one jacket/bra and white/black to of a bra

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