I wasn't 100% sure where to put this, but since it was a costume first, based on real clothing, I figured it belonged here. This is not a purchased dress, I made everything on it.
I tried several times to get the real dress and in my numerous attempts to own one, I failed. In my failed attempts, I got to know how the dress looked and draped pretty well, and decided it couldn't be hard to make! Knowing full well that the fabric was most likely custom to the Whistles dress (the original manufacturer), I set out to recreate it. I put my artistic talents to use to draw the pineapples and then used Photoshop to create the fabric repeat. I found a fabric printer that would print on poly chiffon and after a few swatches and PDF files, was happy with the results and got 3 yards (60" wide) printed up. It was the MOST expensive fabric I've ever purchased at $25/yd (not counting S&H), but totally worth it since it was custom.
I got some Navy Blue cotton fabric to flat line the bodice with and a navy jersey to make the skirt lining from. I used old shopping bags as pattern paper and drafted out a pattern for it based on the high res images I could find online. I made a mock up from the cotton lining and after a little tweaking, it was how I wanted it. I then cut into the good fabric and sewed this beauty up. It took pretty much all of my Saturday to make it, and a bit of Sunday to finish it. I really love this dress and it's so comfy. I plan to wear it as a dress, since it was actually made after a real garment from last season. I even made a matching self covered belt to go with it. Apparently self cover buckles are hard to find, so I got a vintage one on eBay for $2 that was the perfect size. It should have grommets, but I didn't want to ruin it, so it just slides into the buckle and holds its own pretty well.
The jacket, shoes, and tights were bought locally or online.
The back of the bodice