First of all, here is the picture I first chose as my inspiration for my costume. I got it from this site :
Through the process of making the costume I decided to leave out the sleeves and the embroidery in the skirt.
First of all I had to make the corset. If you want to see more pictures of my corset go to my original post on it here. The white chemise I'm wearing underneath is not the one I'm using with the final costume.
And now the pictures we've all been waiting for!!!
On this picture my neighbor was asking me what we were doing and wondering why I was in such a dress on a wednesday morning :P
And don't forget the Astorias, of course!!
My insane all hand beaded belt! For those who were wondering, the design was taken from the black fabric itself. It had a lot of lines and shapes on it so I decided to follow that design. I have never taken and embroidery or beading lessons, I just made up the technique as I went along. My trick to go faster was to put 3 or 4 beads to a stich, cause beading that one bead at a time would have taken three or four times as long.
Close-up on the bodice
Hope you like my dress! It's a little Downton Abbey-ish, don't you think? I think Lady Mary would have worn it. Anyway, I'm really proud of myself, especially the corset and the belt!
Have a nice day!