|The lighting isn't very good at PEERS but it's worth seeing on. Photo by Christopher Erickson|
Sketch and materials
I found a great peach Donna Karen silk from Mood online, and it was only $17 a yard so I had to have it. It's not exactly a taffeta, more like a taffeta-satin hybrid because of some floats in the weave. My inspiration:
I used the Laughing Moon ball gown pattern and it is a great pattern. The flared sleeves don't restrict the arms at all, making it perfect for dancing.
I put a ruched panel of silk organza down the front the of the bodice, as inspired by the fashion plate. I then trimmed it out with net lace, blue velvet ribbon, french brocade ribbon, and silk flowers
I made the tiered version of the skirt, which was a ton of gathering, but I really like the results.
I also made a matching silly 1850s headpiece from leftover ribbon and flowers.
|You can kind of see it here, don't mind the cricket bat|
Materials: Silk mystery fabric, silk organza, lace, rayon velvet ribbon, brocade ribbon, silk flowers
Accuracy: Maybe 75-80%? Most of the bodice was done by hand
Time: 2 weeks, no exact hour count