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How to Make Great ABBA Costumes

Jun 30, 2008
Costumes are popular with all ages. Small kids like to go trick-or-treating dressed up as favorite characters and animals. Teens and adults often enjoy going to costume parties. For those who are going as a group, it can be quite fun to dress as members of a band. One of the best ideas for a group is to wear ABBA costumes. It is much easier to obtain Swedish band ABBA costumes than it may seem.

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus are the male vocal half of ABBA if you plan to go to a party with another guy friend and you are a male. Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstand are the rocking girl couple if you are not able to bring four people to the party.

Of course, there are always going to be specialty shops and seamstresses and tailors that will offer to sew the ABBA costumes. This is an option for those who have the money and do not have the time to make or prepare one.

However, what is even more rewarding is making your own ABBA costumes. If you are good at making patterns, following patterns, and sewing, then all that is needed are some patterns for the types of clothes ABBA wears or wore and some material that matches their outfits. The measurement of the person who is going to be wearing the costume being made is also needed so that it actually fits and is not made too big or too small. Some people are not so good at sewing or following patterns. Surprisingly, ABBA costumes can easily be thrown together from things found in stores as well. There is no need to buy completely new objects. In fact, that is usually one of the worst ways to come up with a unique ABBA costume.

Why not check out thrift stores like Goodwill? This will keep your costs low and might lead to some amazing discoveries. Even if you don't find an exact ABBA costume, you might find some old-fashioned clothing which can be adapted. If you can find some suitable bits and pieces, you can buy and wash them then combined them for a great ABBA costume. Alternatively, you might need to dye several piece to make them match, but this is very easy. When you buy items from a thrift store, they are usually only a couple of dollars each. You can feel free to cut them or adjust them to make these items into a complete new costume.

It is quite simple to imitate plain clothes. You can make headbands and vests with relative ease. Shiny costumes are harder to do but you can often find disco clothing or 70s outfits in thrift stores. You need to look at other items, rather than just adult clothes. You might find something in the baby's or children's department which you can chop up to make wrist bands or headbands. You might also find the perfect color. If not, remember you can use a dye to dye all your items the same color.

Of course, if hair does not match, it is important to decide if a wig is going to be worn or if the hair is going to be dyed. Being that ABBA costumes use natural hair color, both wigs and dyes are quite easy to find. For those that really want to make it look authentic, getting hair styled like ABBA is a great step. In order to keep the ABBA costume cheap, going to a hair school is a great idea if that can be done.

The most difficult part of completing an ABBA costume is finding the platform shoes that you need. Before you wear the costume, even months back, stop at shoe stores whenever you can and try to find the platform shoes that fit the costume. Just remember, making your ABBA costumes should be fun, not frustrating. Go out and disco to "Waterloo" and "The Winner Takes It All."
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This Oct 31st pick up a few Halloween costume s that are totally awesome. Use Abba Costumes for a night of fun.
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