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BERNINA Halloween 2011 Show Girl Burlesque Costume

Added Oct 22, 2011

by Rosalie Boland

Sydney, Australia






I was first inspired for this project a while ago. I was looking at a lot of victorian and edwardian clothing as well as how there was such a distinct difference between all the night life culture of those times and the day wear. The performers would have been stuck between. I did aim for my costume to reflect that some what through the sleeve, collar and mini bustle at the back of the skirt.

This project consists of a completely self made top hat (my first), edwardian style busk opening corset (my first with a busk, and second overall) with sections of smocking, satin i printed with a lace rose pattern and organza chenilling lined in cotton drill. The chord used to lace the corset is also hand woven using embroidery threads. The sleeve i decorated by using free motion machine embroidery which was lots of fun and surprisingly caused me no trouble since i had not used this technique before.The edge of the organza at the neck line was melted with a wood burning tool. The tutu style skirt has pointed flounces at the back and is ten layers of pleated nylon netting under. It fastens with hooks and eyes and snap pins. The black lace roses match the fabric i printed for the corset. And finally the frilly red panties with sequins. I enjoy shirring so much. Making these was possibly the best bit of the whole costume.

I have never made anything so structured and detailed and all the patterns were self drafted. I am very proud of how this project turned out from the original design sketch.

Fingers crossed the markers at school like it

Material Notes

Black Duchess Satin, Red Evening Satin, Cotton Drill, Organza, Chiffon, Patchwork fabric, red lining fabric




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    Oct 30, 2011, 01.15 PMby wardrobe-cat

    Scrumptious. Beautiful details. Lucky you got the legs to pull off something so divine. well done

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      Nov 5, 2011, 09.28 AMby Rosalie Boland

      thank you so much!

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      Jan 21, 2012, 11.07 AMby wardrobe-cat

      Just saw the new photos. Is there any chance for a pattern/tutorial for the top hat? I’ve never made one that looked so pretty. I’m sure i wouldn’t be the only one on BurdaStyle that would LOVE to have that!!!!!!

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      Jan 24, 2012, 11.13 PMby Rosalie Boland

      Its funny that you asked about the tutorial. i have been considering it. the only issue is that it uses a few specialty materials that i was given off the milliner i worked with and i dont know how hard they would be to source to other people to be able to make the project, such as the timber hat block could cause a few issues but i will have a bit more of a think and get back to you about it. i like the idea of making a matching red one!

    • Sam_0020_large

      Jan 25, 2012, 12.26 AMby wardrobe-cat

      These things can be worked around ;) Isn’t that what the internet is for? Come on… Please :))))))

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    Oct 30, 2011, 07.44 AMby Zozo17

    Rosie!!!! This is the first time Ive seen your finished work… its amazing!!!!!!! I tried to vote more then once for you… but it wouldnt let me haha

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    Oct 25, 2011, 11.33 PMby solemnraven

    Well done! How did you do the hat? :)

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      Nov 5, 2011, 09.27 AMby Rosalie Boland

      i used a wooden hat block for the crown and blocked the base layer on that then covered it in felt and satin. the brim i attached a wire and then rolled the base fabric into shape and again covered it in the felt ans satin. sorry its a bit hard to explain the process but if you have more to ask hopefully i can help :) if i make another i will try and take more photos

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    Oct 25, 2011, 06.05 PMby amberelizabeth

    Looks great!!

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    Oct 23, 2011, 10.57 AMby priscillared

    Actually i think your work is very cleaver! :-) I like the asymmetric style.

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    Oct 23, 2011, 01.26 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    this is amazing. great work on each and every detail!

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    Oct 22, 2011, 07.05 PMby priscillared

    Beautiful! :-D

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      Oct 23, 2011, 10.53 AMby Rosalie Boland

      Thank you so much. It is not nearly as lovely as your work though

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