This is a dress I made for the Amber's Sweets' shadowcast performance of Repo:The Genetic Opera! This is the dress that Paris Hilton wears when she sings "Blame Not My Cheeks". I wanted to make one that was true to the size of the one she wears in the movies...and I think I came close! For the top of the dress, I used Simplicity pattern #2832 but I made the pattern for the bottom of the dress myself. That was a HUGE pain in the rear! I went through about 3 different rough drafts of the panniers before I finally found one that would work! The final dress wound up being about 4 1/2 feet wide!
Here's the top of the dress (mostly) finished with the panniers, before I draped the skirt (sorry for the blurry image, that was taken with my phone!) The panniers were boned with crown molding ends from home depot because I couldn't find anything strong enough in a fabric store! They actually worked VERY well!
Here's how it looked right after I draped the skirt (model: Jessalyn...who wore it in the show!)
You can see a close up of the sleeves and the back here. I also made those gold gloves and the black choker for the outfit! (model: Our fearless director, Ashley)
I wish I had a better picture of the entire dress (I'll get one eventually) but here we are at Wondercon 2010!
Comments and criticisms always accepted! I'd also love to hear from other Repo shadowcasts!