So The Abominable Dr. Phibes is my favorite Vincent Price movie. It may have some comical gaps in logic (murder by fruitbat? C'mon!) but it more than makes up for it in lush photography and this weird 70's atmosphere. Plus the movie poster is pretty sweet. From the moment I first saw that poster, I knew I had to make a dress out of it. And here it is: a fluffy rosy pretty little horror number.
This is my first project post, but I've been lurking around here forever. I utilized tons of tips from smarmy and whatthecraft.com as well as rossie's super well-written tutorial on pettiskirts (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=298574.0
) I'm pretty bad about stopping to take process photos and haven't yet recieved pictures of me actually wearing it.
Close up of movie poster.
This is all the fabric elements layed out for color purposes. I never realized how difficult it is to coordinate shades of pink-- there's so many! I couldn't find a rose shade that I liked, so I ended up butchering a blouse that I found at Salvation army. The tan material is this light weight cotton tea-dyed overnight (it came out a tad marbled, but I'm fine with that).
Hardest part was hands down matching the tulle edges up so I could cut the strips evenly. There was much muttered cursing in the studio room that night, I assure you. Here's a pile of fluff that would eventually become the edging on the petticoat.
Magical transition. Contour bust, pink ricrac trim, Photoshopped Phibes iron-ons on center panel and matching elastic-close pockets.
Close up. Ain't Phibes a cutie?
The finished dress! This is after I had to remove and reposition the pockets and trim the bodice because it was waaaay longer than it should've been. The center panel is a bit crooked along the skirtline, but I didn't care enough to rip off the skirt and redo it, so whatevvs.
Corset back. It looks a bit squat in this picture, but it was very pretty to wear.
My first petticoat turned out pretty good, though I'd try to make it fuller next time. The edging on the circle skirt is whatever was left of the blouse cut into 1.5 inch strips sewn together and hemmed to weigh down the lightweight cotton.
Lemme know what you think!