Presenting Lily Mars!

Hi! So this is the second in my series of costume posts, the next one should be published tomorrow. I have been wanting to make this costume for many years, and, as always, you get other ideas, it gets pushed back, and by the time you gat back to it you don't like how you started. So I started all over again. This dress is inspired by the costume worn by Judy Garland in the finale number of a film she starred in in 1943 titled Presenting Lily Mars. This film is a favorite of mine and I have been in love with her costume ever since my first viewing. For the bodice, I used a pattern for Glinda the good witch (simplicity) that I altered to obtain the desired cut and V back. It is made of a layer of silk taffeta, lined with the same fabric, with some sort of upholstery fabric in between, and spiral boning to give it shape and hold. The back has metal eyelets that I covered with black thread, and it laces up with a satin ribbon. I don't think the original laces up in the back, they probably used a zipper or hooks,  but I liked the idea. The skirt is made with crinoline, and there is one layer of silk underneath to avoid transparency since I didn't buy the finest crinoline  (it was too expensive). The gloves are bought. I made the hairpiece with an ostrich feather that I cut up and tied in the shape I liked, to create a sort of little poofy fascinator. 

Here is the original inspiration:
The original dress is longer than mine, has a pointier bust and has feather sewn in the skirt. I wanted to do the feathers too, but I couldn't find any that were long enough, and the few I found were too expensive, it would have cost a fortune to buy enough for the whole skirt... So I stuck with only the little hairpiece (which is smaller than the original)

The sequins were all handsewn individually, and they all have a little bead in them to add to the effect

It was my first attempt at a 1940's updo.  For someone who didn't use a tutorial I think it was rather good!

My Dorothy portrait in the back! Two versions of Judy together, the little girl and the woman!

Tomorrow we'll travel back to the Regency era, stay tuned!



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