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« on: November 07, 2009 12:24:24 PM »

Since my primary Halloween event this year was the National Novel Writing Month Kickoff Party at the local comic book shop Dragon's Lair, and included a costume contest, I figured what better costume than one of the greatest writers of all time? Bonus points because I've always wanted to make a historically accurate-ish Regency costume!

Double bonus points for me because this entire costume was made from scraps, mostly left overs from when I fixed up my wedding dress.

I made chemise long ago during an ice storm where I was locked in my dorm for a few days with nothing else do to...

The corset is a short one, using leftover white twill from my husband's ren fair shirt and some pink bedsheet for the inside lining. I bound it with pink bias tape.

For the dress, I hand-dyed the nasty bright white faux-satin into something pretty, a nice lavender color. Which was more than I was expecting, since the crappy faux-satin is more plastic than fiber. But I was glad to have some use for it, since it was originally the entire underskirt for my wedding dress, hence the replacing of it with real satin for the wedding.

I used Simplicity 4055 as a pattern, but changed it up to suit my liking. The split skirt was totally an accident, because I started to cut the back placket in the wrong side. I almost flipped out before I realized I could still salvage it as a split skirt, and rounded up some leftover beautiful real white satin for the underskirt. I played around with piping for the first time ever and loved it. If I had more time I would have probably piped every seam in the whole dress, lol! I also added a string of beading under the bust. The only thing on the dress I'm unhappy with accuracy wise is the elastic on arm holes. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess) I've been working out a crapload and the arm pieces I cut out and sewed for the mock up no longer fit me by my final fitting. Alas, I said, it was only Halloween!

I topped it off with a regency-accurate hairstyle and bonnet for when I went outside.


Check out my website: www.embercostumes.com
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009 12:59:26 PM »

Awesome! Man, I love everything you do. Great job! You definitely have a fan here.

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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009 05:54:54 PM »

Oooh! Lovely. I'd love to have a simpler version to wear in the summers. I wonder if I can find a pattern for a size 20....

« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2010 07:44:09 AM »

that purple is lovely on you, and the entire thing came out very beautiful.  I like that you were able to find a use for some ugly fabric and still make it look that good Smiley
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