Added Oct 19, 2009
Several years ago, I saw a “silly doodle” of a skunk, by a woman named Ursula Vernon. The skunk was rocking out to music on a pair of headphones, and I thought “wouldn’t it be awesome to make a skunk costume?” They’re such underappreciated little beasts; they’re cute, they make pretty cool pets, they’re amazingly adaptive.
So I started looking around, and eventually decided that a Victorian era bustle dress would do well for a skunk’s tail, and so my Victorian Skunk quest was begun. Two years ago, I bought the fabric. This year, I finally got the pattern I wanted. I will also be using this pattern for my wedding dress.
The dress is made up of the Laughing Moon Mercantile Silverado corset, the Truly Victorian Bustle pattern 101, and the Truly Victorian Parisian Trained Skirt with poufs.
I will be adding white lace ruffles along the back of the corset, and around the pouf to finish off the skunk look. It will be removed again and I’ll re-trim in black for a vampire themed halloween ball we will be attending.
Silk of some kind; The backside is true black, the front is a really dark pewter color.
The corset is boned with steel bones; I decided not to bother with front closure, and just sewed it shut.
The bustle (not pictured) is white cotton muslin, trimmed with lace.
All trim on the dress itself was hand made by me, since the fabric isn’t true black.
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