If you haven’t seen the show or film, Magenta is one of the servants who spends quite a bit of her time dressed as a maid. Thanks to some excellent web info from dedicated Rocky Horror fans such as that found on the Rocky Horror Costume List, Columbia’s Closet and Angel Fire the costume was easy to make (as you will see the instructions below are based on the info I found on these websites). As it would also make a great Halloween costume, ‘French Maid’ or even a child’s Victorian maid outfit I thought it would be worth writing a post incase you wanted to have a go too.
How to make a French Maid Hat
1. Cut a circle of fabric from some white cotton. I used a saucer to draw around which has a diameter of just over 5.5 inches.
2. Make 3 small folds at the rear of the circle. Stitch the folds in place.
3. Add some lace to the edge of your cap – I used 1 inch ruffled scalloped (which was £1.20 a metre). Start the lace where your folds are so that the join will be hidden later by the bow. Lay the lace so the right sides are together and stitch around the outside edge.
Press the lace so it fans out over the edge and lays flat.
5. Cut a rectangle of fabric approx 4 inches wide x 22 inches long. Fold it in half lengthways so right sides are together. Stitch the long edges together. Sew a diagonal line across one end and trim.
6. Turn the tube inside out so the right sides are on the outside.
7. Trim the other end of the strip into a diagonal, turn the raw ends in and stitch the end closed. Your bow ribbon should look something like this:
8. Tie your ribbon into a bow and stitch to the back of your hat over the folds where your lace joins. Voila! One finished French Maid / Magenta Hat from the top (right side).
and from underneath (wrong side). Pin your hat in place with some hair grips.
If you are after some wild frizzy hair – braid your hair overnight, take out your braids and back comb!
How to make a French Maid Apron (with or without Shoulder Straps)
1. Cut a rectangle of white cotton 12.5 inches long x 14 inches wide. Fold in half and round off the bottom edges.
2. Make 2 folds in the top middle of you apron. Pin then stitch in place. Lay some lace (again I used 1 inch ruffled) around the sides and bottom of the apron panel so the right sides are together and sew around the outside edge.
Press the lace flat so it lays over the edge of your apron.
3. Cut some long fabric strips to make your apron ties – the one to go around the waist band was 5 inches wide x 65 inches long.
4. Fold your strip lengthwise so right sides are together, cut your ends diagonally. Stitch the side and long edges leaving appox a 16 inch gap in the middle. Turn the tube so the rights sides are facing out. Press.
5. Tuck your apron front into the gap and stitch across the bottom of your waist band to secure it to your apron panel.
6. You can either leave your maid’s apron like this, or add some Shoulder straps. The shoulder ties (you will need 2) were 5 inches wide by 58 inches long and method used was the same as for the hat ribbon. Join the shoulder ties to the centre of your apron’s waist band at a slight angle. See the photo on the left for the back of the apron. Enjoy!
To wear your apron, tie all your straps into a bow at the back. Voila!
Other Magenta bits!
For the rest of the outfit, I found some fish-nets and black skirt in the cupboard which I wore as they were. For the top, I found an old long sleeve T-shirt and added a collar and cuffs. Which do you prefer? I couldn’t decide whether to go for the lace or old shirt collar and cuffs so ended up going for a bit of both!
Well almost! The collar was lace and cuff’s were from an old shirt. Voila!