Added Oct 22, 2011
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
Black Duchess Satin, Red Evening Satin, Cotton Drill, Organza, Chiffon, Patchwork fabric, red lining fabric
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