Being from Australia, we don't usually celebrate halloween but my work has a lot of international students (PhD's) and one of them decided to host a halloween party (and any excuse for a party will do). I thought a victorian black widow or something along those lines...
My costume is almost completley made by myself. The corset was following the laughing moon dore pattern (and I clearly didn't know my own bust size as it ended up too small in the bust) with a wool tartan and black satin backed shantung with black piping in the seams. The lace was a last minute addition to try and cover up the spillage over the top.
The skirt was made in three parts, the underskirt was a heap of gathered layered cotton to add fullness, then there was the overskirt wich had knife pleating in the back to add fullness and was flat on the front. I also attempted a bustle (unfortunatley I do not have a photo of the back of the skirt) that looked cool
Until someone at the part stood on it while I was walking and ripped it!
The last thing I made was the feather thingy in my hair, it was from a kit that came from spotlight (a haberdashery store). Overall I was really happy with my costume, it was the first time I had ever made a corset and it took an impressive 5 inches off my waist! The things I did not make were the shoes (3 inch heel!), necklace and the singlet.
Enjoy! Comments and critiques most welcome