First up, my fabric and trim for my dress (I say dress, but I mean jacket and skirt): synthetic purple fabric, and super-synthetic green fabric).
|Lots and lots of purple fabric. I think I got something like 8 yards. . . of 60" fabric.|
I also decided at some point that I really needed an underdress/petticoat, so I got a few yards of off-white cotton too. Here are some complete pics of the underdress, which is from Butterick's B3906. It was super easy to whip up so the few in-progress pictures I took aren't that interesting. The most notable thing about making this was that it was the first thing I made with my sewing table... The dress looks like a nightgown on its own or a rather froo-froo pirate with the corset (and a poodle).
|That black thing attached to me is my puppy.|
|Wrinkles in the back because someone is too lazy to line her jacket with anything substantial, add boning, or at the very least wear a corset whilst trying her jacker on.|
|Testing sleeve length because I thought I was all that jazz.|
|Yay! Two sleeves and it's actually starting to look like a real jacket!|
|My other dog, who is ridiculously photogenic and absolutely the sweetest most gorgeous thing ever.|
I insisted I needed a dress form to drape the bustle on so I borrowed a toddler-sized one from my mom's friend, who makes stuff for her grandchildren. I tied two pillows around it to add girth and then put my corset on over the pillows to give it a bit of shape. It worked well enough for my needs, since I just wanted something to hold the skirt whilst I pinned and sewed the bustle. The makeshift dress form most definitely made it infinitely easier to pin up 3 yards of 60" fabric!
And here's a picture of the completed jacket and skirt on the makeshift dress form, which is barely even a human figure!
As for props, this is the only in-progress picture I took, and I think I took it mainly to capture the difference between the "aged" goggle piece on the left and the "freshly-painted" one on the right. You can read a bit more about it on my Tumblr blog.
I would just like to note that a lot of the disparaging comments I made about my costume are not what I felt at the time I made it. I was so proud to show it off at school on Halloween and I had a blast wearing it. It is only now, over a month later -- a month which I have spent learning more about sewing -- that I am realizing things I should have done differently. It's a little bit painful to show everyone pictures of this dress because I know that there are much nicer things out there, and this is by no means impressive, but it is the first real costume I have ever made for myself.
Up next -- the complete costume! (link to come)