It occurs to me that I never posted any photos of me actually wearing my Borgias-inspired gown from last Halloween. That was mainly because the few photos I did get were really pretty bad. Since I’ve now got two of these gowns to choose from (and my favorite new hairpiece, the half-wig), I threw them on today and did an impromptu photo shoot.
We just went to a nearby small park for some not-really-fancy nature pics.
This is my favorite photo, for some reason. I think I was trying to show off my shoes. I wore my new red velvet 18th century heels, which aren’t even close to period accurate but I wanted to break them in a little. I look super washed-out in this pic.
This gown needs some definite reworking. I was in a hurry when I made it because I think it was like four days to Halloween, so I didn’t rework any of the original problems with the fit, which are mainly in the bodice. It’s too long and too wide, for one, and there’s no structure to it. I think putting an entirely new bodice on this dress would make it pretty amazing, but we’ll see if I ever get to it.
My “Halloween Borgias” gown. I’m really in love with this gown, despite its still not being quite finished. It fits better than the other, for one. That’s because I drafted the pattern better and structured it with canvas and boning. I’ll cover that some more in the construction post for this gown, eventually.
Some different views of the dress, and me showing off my shoes again – they match!
And here’s me sitting on a step. Hmm don’t I look excited.
There’s almost nothing I’m dissatisfied with about this gown – the only thing is the upper sleeves, which I think could have been constructed better in a different way. It needs some more bedazzling (I never did get around to those pearls and trim I mentioned) but even if I don’t finish it, I like it the way it is.
In other news: I did finish my red Camellia petticoat today, as I hoped! I need to take pictures and then I’ll have that in a post, and I’m starting on the dresses tomorrow. Also, I’m currently (finally) in the process of getting some of my costumes up in my Etsy store, to clear up some space in my closet.