Added Oct 31, 2008
I created this showgirl getup for the costume shop I work for. I wanted to improve on the tecniques I learned from making a similar purple showgirl costume a few months ago. Basically I took an existing ‘underwear’ corset that was made of stretch satin and fully boned and used it as my base. I put the bodice on my mannequin and basted panels of fabric to the bodice. I then ‘appliqued’ them to the bodice and covered the joining seams with blue velvet ribbon. The beading was drapped from the centre of the bust to the back and underarm points on the bodice. Pre-made sequin flowers were then stitched to the centre of the bust, covering the end points of the beads. The skirt is a simple mini skirt with a drape of soft tulle from front to back. I created a showgirl ‘tail’ by attaching two feather boas to a wide band of elastic – keeping this piece seperate makes the costume much easier to launder and takes the weight off the skirt.
I used blue panne velvet for the bodice and skirt. I embellished the bodice with velvet ribbon and pre-strung lengths of beads. I also used pre-made sequin flowers at the bust and created a swathe effect across the front of the skirt with a soft drape glitter coated tulle.
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