I actually made this forever ago – it was around the same time as this one; I was doing a theme. Last weekend I found a bag of embroidery stuff in my bedroom and this little surprise was inside! I had forgotten about it! I think I meant to redo the knots, but lost track of it. I can’t get the hang of french knots.
I found my camera (hiding in a bag of sewing junk – what a surprise) so I actually have some good photos of a project for once! at least, as good as they get considering I’ve got no talent for photography. If I take a picture without getting my thumb in front of the lens that’s pretty good for me!
anyhow, here it is – the Ciel “roses” ball gown for Anime Central 2014!
(it sits crooked on my dress form, I don’t know why. I fussed with every layer for a half hour and couldn’t get it to lay right. perhaps because it fits my body, which is not a dress form, perfectly?)
there are several layers to this costume.
first is the under petticoat and my “bustle” – a bum pad that I found in a box, I can’t for the life of me remember what costume I wore it with before! the petticoat is my Jasmine petticoat from way back when. I recall saying at the time that I might wear this over a bustle someday… I probably wasn’t imagining something like this costume, though!
the underskirt. I draped the pattern for this on my dress form; it’s pretty simple, two panels and two gores, with a small train. the back is just pleated where the bustle sits. the pleats on this sucker drove me nuts, and I ran out of fabric and luckily was able to get a little more in the same color.
the top skirt, also draped on top of the other two skirts to ensure that the shape and the gathers were just right. it was a fussy process, and I’m less pleased with the end result than I’d like, but I think I did as much as I could with my choice of fabric. I wanted two layers of pleats on this skirt, too, but I simply didn’t have enough fabric. I put a giant bow and some frills on the back just because. this is supposed to be a big, frilly, girly dress. nothing says girly like an ass bow with roses, right?
the whole ensemble. it is a little crooked, but not so much on me as it is in these pictures. the back does lace shut.
I made the little choker/neck frill thing from scraps of my ivory fabric. then I went digging through my bags and bags of ribbon stash, only to find that I don’t have a single thin pink ribbon. I did, however, have this frilly pink piece of trim, so I went with it.
and last but not least, the hat. I covered a straw hat from Michael’s with the pink fabric. by this point, I was nearly out of the ivory – down to scraps and worrying about how I was going to finish my pleats – but luckily, I had some really lovely silk in a nearly identical color, so the hat is lined with that and the bow is from silk. I feel like the cotton would have looked a little cheap; the silk brings a nice fancy touch to the hat. the roses under the brim only go round the front of the hat, and I stuck some in the back just for fun. I still have some roses left over from that bouquet I butchered; I may do a little more trimming before I call this project complete.
whew! now that this beast is past me, I’ve got another costume to get cracking on right away – my sister’s! I worked on it a little already, but I’ll save it as a surprise, and cover it in another post once I’ve made some real progress.
I think she ended up pretty cute. the pom-pom shoes are particularly a favorite part of mine. I added the over-skirt in the end because the dress was looking too plain, and the neckerchief because the neck was looking too plain (and for, well, accuracy. :p) but I like how she turned out. everything is made of felt, except for the neckerchief which is made of a scrap of cotton voile and some vintage lace I found laying around. the hair was a bitch, though. turns out felt won’t hold a curl, who knew? but I faked it with some hot glue.
in retrospect, the only thing I wish I’d done differently was to put wire inside the body, so that she’d be posable. on her own she doesn’t stand up that well, so maybe more petticoats as well?