Added Oct 19, 2011
A naughty version of that 80’s icon, Strawberry Shortcake, for Halloween this year!
Eighteen metres of netting went into the red and white underskirt, which was gathered together at the elasticated waistband. I modified the pattern for a summer dress by adding two more triangles of fabric in the skirt, making it fuller so that it fitted well over the petticoat. The corset was undoubtedly the hardest part to make, out of red satin with a lining that matched the dress.
The cloak was made out of three large pieces of satin left over from the corset and lined with white fleece to keep me warm in the cold October nights. I threaded elastic through the neck seam and added two red ribbons to hold it closed.
The Strawberry bag is made out of three pieces of red satin studded with seed pearls. Geen felt makes up the leaves around the elasticated neck and a wide red ribbon makes a good handle. Like the cloak, it’s lined with white fleece, making it nice and cosy when you do have to slip your hand inside.
The mob cap was made out of the same material as the dress, with ribbon from the hem of the dress added around the seam of the elastic that fits it to the head, four long red ribbons ending in strawberry buttons dangle from a rosette of ribbon with another button in the middle.
The choker and garters were made from the same ribbon and buttons, threaded through with elastic, and I customised the red shoes with yet more ribbons, buttons and some seed pearls.
On the night I plan to wear it with white stockings and take along a red riding crop!
18m netting (9m white, 9m red)
Metres and metres of ribbons!
Lots of elastic
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