A few weeks ago, my favourite pub had its 10th birthday. We dedicated bar-flies were specially invited, and the dress code was "Strictly formal - no excuses". So, what's a girl to do but whip up a massive frock? I did a few sketches, came up with an idea that I liked, and went fabric shopping... and was unable to find ANY of the fabrics I had in mind. Poo. So compromises were made. I got the red tulle that I wanted for the petticoat, ended up settling for black poplin for the skirt (lighter than I wanted - I couldn't even find drill!), and found this delish Japanese cherry blossom for the bodice. At that price and fabric width, it would have cost me $80 to do the skirt in this fabric as well, but I decided I liked the two-piece look of the outfit. Onwards to images!
This was taken after we got home (I wanted to make sure I had some good dress pics - pity it's blurry...). Whole outfit, including freshly painted red stilettos!
Have some petticoat! The pic's blurry because other people don't understand the concept of pre-focus. Thanks to Chris for being my drunk prop.
Closer pic of the bodice fabric, and my boy (also drunk. He didn't tell me about the bottle of red wine before we left the house).
And here's one of the petticoat during construction. This was my first petti, and it was scaring the pants off me just how big it was getting! This is with one (extremely) gathered layer, and a flatter layer on top to smooth things out. Also featuring special guests Jeans, Pink Frog Socks, and Vacuum Cleaner. I ended up putting another flat layer on top.
Let me know what you think - I got a lot of compliments that night, but I don't think I'll wear the petticoat again in a hurry! I didn't fit in the taxi, under the table, in the toilet cubicle...