I've been lurking since last year, and thought it might finally be time to post something.
My sewing experience prior to this was limited to making a t-shirt in high school home ec., but my mom sewed a lot for me before she passed away and I still have her antediluvian sewing machine. So when a friend announced a fancy dress party last year, I decided to go as Cinderella at midnight and thought I'd try to make an outfit myself. I was thinking pretty ballgown fabrics turning into an apron and rags.
The skirt is three circle skirts with the points left on - two layers of cheap washable velvet and one of stretch lace, hemmed and joined to a waistband. I'm not very big on top, so I didn't include any kind of closure - it just goes over my head. I hitched the lace up in two places for a kind of 'tucked-in apron' effect.
The corset was much easier than I thought, but I did a LOT of research and looked at I don't know how many corset posts here on Craftster and elsewhere for inspiration and how-to. I ended up drafting a pattern from instructions I got off the net for free. I mocked it up and made a few adjustments before starting on the real thing, but for the most part it fitted pretty well. The biggest pain was sewing the lace insets - stretchy and temperamental - and setting all those grommets (it laces up front and back).
The corset is boned with sawblades. I remembered a dress my mom sewed which was boned with rigilene and buckled horribly at the waist - I wasn't going to take any chances.
Sorry I don't have a better picture of this, but I covered one of the pair of shoes with the silvery lace for a glass slipper effect.
And at the party with Minnie Mouse, Desdemona and Lady Macbeth. (Occupational hazard of being an English Lit major - fighting with friends for who gets to be the Shakespeare girl.) It was winter, so I bought a grey top to wear underneath (which happened to be a v-neck - didn't look great with the straight-across corset, so I sewed on some of the lace and cut a square neck).
Thanks for looking - critique and tips for next time welcome!