Easy No Sew Edna Mode Costume

This no-sew Edna Mode costume is quick and easy to make and can be adapted for any age or size.

Edna Mode is one of my favorite Disney characters of all time, so naturally, I begged my daughter to dress up as Edna Mode for Halloween so that I could make an Edna Mode costume. The best part about it is that I didn’t even have to get out the sewing machine. This is one of the quickest and easiest DIY Halloween costumes I’ve ever made!

Thank you to my sponsors, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, for making this post possible.  All opinions are my own.

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To make a no-sew Edna Mode costume, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • Black Long Sleeve Swing Dress
  • Red Ribbon
  • Large Metal Wreath Form
  • Snip Pliers
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks or Fabric Glue
  • Black felt
  • Edna Mode Wig and Glasses Kit

As I searched for a black dress suitable for this costume, I found a bunch of great options for women and girls. Old Navy has a toddler swing dress in sizes 12month to 5T. It has a little bit of writing on front, but you could cover that up pretty easily. It also looks like it’s extremely flared, so if you do pick that dress, you may need to zip up the sides with your sewing machine to bring it in a little. Old Navy also had a black swing dress in women’s sizes XS-XXL. It looks like it would be perfect. There are several options available for women and girls on Amazon HERE, HERE and HERE.

Basically, you’re looking for a long sleeved black dress with no waistline that flares out at the bottom.

Step 1

Cut one round of wire off of the metal wreath form. This will make the dress stand out away from the body, recreating the extreme A shape of Edna’s dress and making it look more like a costume.

Clip the wire circle using snip pliers. Cut a small hole on the inside hem of the dress and thread the wire circle through the bottom hem. Tape the ends back together, then slide everything inside the hem so it’s nearly invisible.

Step 2

Lay red ribbon in a “V” shape onto the bodice of the dress. Glue into place using hot glue or fabric glue. Trim edges along the top to line up with the shoulder seams.

 

Step 3

Cut squares of felt, then cut those squares into triangles. It goes faster if you have a rotary cutter and mat, but you can do it freehand too.

Add a line of hot glue along the top long edge of the triangle, then glue it to the dress sleeve. Alternate placement from row to row, as shown in the photos.

Once you’ve added the triangles, the dress is nearly done! It just needs to be touched up with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus… because we all know Edna would never stand for wrinkles.

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Spray lightly.

Smooth hand over wrinkles.

Hang and let dry.

BOOM. Wrinkles gone.

Edna and I are big fans of anything with that kind of super power.

We have a bunch of satin Halloween costumes in our dress up box that are made from such delicate, flimsy fabric that ironing them is out of the question… they’d melt! So we’ll definitely be using Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to make them presentable again. If you’d like to try it, you can buy it on Amazon.

I’m also going to use it to touch up a pair of curtains that are wrinkled but I’m too lazy to take down to iron. Winning at life, my friends.

 

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus also comes in travel sized bottles, so I bought a few to take on our next vacation. No more disheveled just-pulled-it-out-of-my-suitcase look for me. Hurray!

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    • Here are a few ways that might work: paint over the words with fabric paint, use fabric glue to add a “pocket” out of felt, cut a design out of black iron-on-vinyl and iron it over the words, or try to heat up the words with the iron and pick them off. If you try it, let me know what you end up doing!

  1. I just found a long sleeve swing dress on Amazon for $16.99, Prime to boot! Can’t wait for it to get here so I can do this with it! My 3yo son is going to be Dash, and I’m planning on keeping the Incredibles theme with this DIY! Thanks for the great tips!

  2. Thank you SO much for this well-done and perfectly timed tutorial. I have been begging my daughter to be Edna for a few years now and she finally relented this Halloween. The links were so helpful and I was able to buy everything I needed and snap together her costume in less than a day! She looked fabulous and she even carried a rolled up newspaper for smacking people in the face while she bellowed, “My God! Pull yourself together!”

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