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How would you make a Carmen Miranda fruit turban?
Char in KS
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Date: 8/28/12 4:20 PM

How would you make a Carmen Miranda fruit turban? I wanted to make a Carmen Miranda costume for halloween.

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Date: 8/28/12 4:35 PM

You could buy this one

http://www.costumeshopper.com/prods/fm52421.html#.UD0sOKN5mSM

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Date: 8/28/12 5:02 PM

MCCALLS FABRIC FRUIT PATTERN M6572 includes lemons (whole and cut!), oranges, limes, kiwis, bananas, watermelon, strawberries, apples (so cute cut in half -- with SEEDS), Also peels! Also slices! Also leaves! HOW AMAZING ARE THESE FABRIC FRUITIES?!!!


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Date: 8/28/12 5:14 PM

Those look delicious.

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Date: 8/28/12 5:16 PM

I have dressed as Carmen Miranda more than once. When my husband moved into our apartment a previous tenant had left a Carmen Miranda hat made out of a cloche hat form with a bit of plastic fruit sewn on. I added lots more plastic fruit from the toy department of Woolworth's and cardboard toy boxes of grocery products ( I particularly remember a two or three inch box of cut-rite wax paper) a friend gave me some old stuffed birds that I added to the hat at some point.

the cheap hollow plastic fruit is easy to sew on and light to wear.

I wore a sleeveless red leotard and a length of gold lame tied into a sarong...tons of makeup ( an ex sister in law was a beauty queen, I tried to lay the make up thick just like she did, my husband kept sending me back to add more layers of make-up. it must have worked, little kids who saw me that night stopped to stare at me and tell me that I was beautiful .. I think I would have made most drag queens look restrained) and most importantly, lots of attitude. I think that the general rule of more is more for all of the elements applies here.
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Date: 9/1/12 8:39 AM

I took an old ball cap and cut the bill off. Then I adjusted it to fit my head with the "adjustment strip" in the back of the hat. I covered it with fabric to look like a turban and hot glued the fabric in place. Then I glued the plastic fruit on the top. Somebody mentioned toy fruit-which is a really great idea, because I had an awful time finding a plastic banana. I asked everyone I knew if they had a spare plastic banana. One of my neighbors found one somewhere for me.I was thrilled.

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Date: 9/17/12 11:28 AM

Don't forget the earrings, necklaces and bracelets (and feathers and...balls!?!?!?)



I think you just gave me inspiration for the next Carnaval party...

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Date: 9/17/12 2:01 PM

I did one for a play, and used a close fitting ski hat, made a turban for it that had long ends to tie together to keep it tight and hot glued and sewed plastic fruit on it. There are a lot of good ideas here!

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