Added May 22, 2010
London, United K...
It took 4 months, and every spare second I had… sewing during lunch at work, after work, until all hours in the morning, in planes, hotels, and everywhere possible that wasnt home if being at home was impossible. The Mombi Dress… Made for the Elf Fantasy Fair 2010 in Haarzuilens, the Netherlands, I decided to recreate the dress from the movie Return to Oz (1985) and it was a challenge. A HUGE challenge! But in the end I made it (only just!) after having to deal with other issues like lack of time (see above) and the volcanic ash cloud which added to the stress.
It contains over 150 yards of ribbon, 5 meters of organze, 4 meters of velvet, 4 meters or irridescent lining, and lots of tiny little patches stuffed with wadding. The collar was the most difficult as it had to be safe and airplane friendly. So I used golden VENETIAN BLINDS!! Yes, it sounds silly but it was a great idea. Attached with press-studs it made the whole thing detachable and ready for travel. As my version of Mombi had actually defeated Dorothy, I made ruby slippers to match. After all, who doesnt want to wear ruby slippers? The shoes were purchased but I glued each sequin on them myself.
Made 90% by hand (only the dress and cloak were put together using the machine, EVERYTHING else is done by hand), it was really a ton of work and I am EXTREMELY proud of it… I hope you like it too!
Organza, velvet, lining, a ton of ribbon, patches of all sorts or irridescent fabric, and venetian blinds