Dress - The dress was the scary thing to make since it is backless. This was the first dress that I ever wore that didn't have a back to it! Naturally because of the strange design, I had to hand draft a pattern for it. I split the dress into two parts: the bodice and the skirt. I made the skirt a full circle skirt. I used the bodice from the hobbit dress that I made as my base of modified it to fit the neckline and the low back. The dress was made using a light navy blue satin. The bodice is lined with the same navy satin with an old bra hand sewn inside to provide "some" support.
|Forming the Pleats|
|Base for Apron|
Accessories - This costume had quite a a few accessories to complete it, namely the headband, collar and cuffs. The headband was made using a rectangular piece of fabric, folded over itself and interfaced. I added rows of lace along it to embellish it before sewing it to the purchased, fabric covered headband. The collar was made from a long strip of poly cotton, much in the same way as the stocking cuffs were made (without the elastic though). It was kept open ended with excess ribbon to be able to tie a bow and thus close the collar around my neck.
Shoes - Her shoes are black Mary Janes but unfortunately they are really hard to find in my size so I just substitued a pair of black pumps that I already owned.