Ok, so i was on here and saw that someone intended on becoming Christine Daae from Phantom of the Opera for Halloween and suddenly (even tho i hadnt intended on dressing up this year) i was obsessed with the idea and so this is what i ended up with....
The one in the movie:http://phantomthemovie.warnerbros.com/_images/costumes_christine4.jpghttp://phantomthemovie.warnerbros.com/_images/g_photo03.jpghttp://www.costumebeginner.com/researches/phantomcos/full/dj9.jpg
Mine, of course, is not quite like hers, lol. Any suggestions to make it better?Edit: Sept 28, 2005
Several people have asked how to make this costume (which makes me so happy
) so, although many of the stuff i used I happened to have around the house, so it might be difficult for some of you! Also, i tend to make up things as i go along so at times i'm not sure how i did what i did. And this is my first tutorial so it may be a bit confusing!! That said, here is the tutorial! If you use it, i would LOVE it if you posted pix of your adaptation! (click on the images if you want to see them bigger)
Ok, the first part I made was the corset...http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/780/10101843oh.th.jpg
..which i made out of some black Duck brand duct tape. I actually attached it to a tan bra (that was pretty much falling apart and so of no practical use anymore.) So i put on a shirt that fit, put the bra on over it, and got my sister and cousins to wrap me in the duct tape! We started with small strips at the top, attaching the bra to the shirt and then wrapped it all the way down. We actually did the part over my ribs twice..you might want to go over it three times, because mine's turning out really wrinkly...you cant tell really, but it may be better to avoid that. After they finished wrapping me, they took scissors and cut it up the back. Then i cut any part of the shirt that wasnt under the tape off and then put tape around the edges to finish them off nicely and put a few vertical strips of duct tape to get a more corset-like look. I also tucked some silk flowers under the tape just under the bra. Next I used wire cutters and scissors to poke holes in the back of the corset. (there has GOT to be an easier way to do that...but that was what i had avaliable at the time...) You'll want about 2 yards of string to lace up the corset (this may seem like a lot, but you'll need that much so you dont need to take all the lacing out to take off the corset..the string does drag on the floor a bit when it's on me and fully laced..i havent figured out how to solve that yet, but i'll let you know if i do!)
The back of the corset(with the lacing)..and you can see the tshirt inside it...http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/839/10101856ps.th.jpg
Ok, for the rest of the top, i had an old white shirt that i cut the neck off of so it could go around my shoulders...i wear the shirt under the corset.http://img240.imageshack.us/img240/1875/untitled19jy.th.jpg
..i had painted on the shirt a different time, but it all gets covered by the corset.
The lace i bought at JoAnns in the clearance rack...it was just a strip of lace long enough to go around my shoulders and tie in the front. I'm thinking of going out and getting wider lace because mine is a bit smaller than hers. I'll probably hand-sew some of the lace to the bra, shirt or corset so it doesnt move much.
For the skirt, i just went back to the sale rack at JoAnns and picked something that looked like the right color...it's actually corduroy, embossed with a flowery pattern...http://img279.imageshack.us/img279/884/10101828iq.th.jpg
The fabric was the right width for my height, so I just got a few yards and held it so the shorter length fell to the ground and just wrapped it around me and safety pinned it in the back (..i hope that was clear enough, i'm not sure how to word it...)http://img279.imageshack.us/img279/4100/10101877jd.th.jpg
You kinda have to twist it under in the back so the pin doesnt show, and you get a lovely train...(or i did anyway, i guess it depends on the width and length of your fabric in relation to your size.) You'll probably want to sew or pin it in the back so it doesnt fly open..i havent done this yet, but i'll probably just safety pin it.
The wrap skirt was again off the lovely sale rack..(gotta save money, especially if it's just a halloween costume!) It's a part velvet, part sheer fabric printed with roses. I believe her skirt is actually a gold and black swirl fabric, but since the gold of the skirt shows thru the sheer parts, it works out to about the same.)http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/4791/10101809vh.th.jpg
(the white is just my bed sheets showing thru, not the fabric itself.) I bought enough to go around me, then folded it in half and cut it in a curve...http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/7812/10101819dr.th.jpg
So when unfolded, it looks like this...http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/4733/10101797df.th.jpg
The flower in my hair is just a fake flower which i attached a pin to, then attached the pin to a barette. (again, probably theres a better way to do that)http://img289.imageshack.us/img289/9594/10101911ym.th.jpg
And that's it! Just put the white shirt on, pin the skirt on, have someone lace you into the corset, put the lace around your shoulders and clip the barette in your hair!
I realise these directions may not be very easy to follow, so i suggest trying what i did and if it doesnt work, find a different way to do it! Here are the VERY helpful links i used...
If you have ANY questions, dont hesitate to ask me! I'm on here very often, so I will answer as quickly as possible!