Fabrics: Heavy black satin from Joannes for the 2 skirt layers and polka-dot and striped batiks.
Extras: I've used both paisley printed tights and black fishnets for the hosiery. I'd really like to make some more screen-accurate bloomers, but I've been using black spankies. I used black lace trim across the top of the bustier.
Hat: Black glitter burlesque top hat from ebay. It's very cute! And after a recent flight, it's also very smooshed. I'll probably order another one...they're pretty easy to find. I used strips of lime, turquoise, and hot pink tulle to make a large 'poof' at the back of the hat--like a veil.
Shoes: Again, this just depends on the mood. I have worn leather t-strap heels...I've also worn knee boots.
Earrings; I have a beautiful pair of pink swarovski chandelier earrings I got as a GWP from Express several Christmases ago. They match the pink and sparkle nicely....in '10 I wore a pair of vintage crystal clip-ons in a sort of peacock-blue AB that belonged to Brian's grandmother.
Ruffles: Believe it or not, but there is over 60 yards of batik fabric strips which were hemmed, ruffled, then hand-sewn to the underskirt. It ended up being really heavy...it stretched the length of the underskirt by a few inches, so I had to re-adjust the waist of the underskirt before combining it with the overskirt. Maybe it was a bit much, but I love the way they move.
Cassandra, Camille, Me, Betsy, Kathy, and Suzanne upholding the bohemian ideals of freedom, beauty, truth, and love!
Events: Halloween '08, D*C '09, '10, AdventureCon '10, All Con '11
Awards: First Place Adult-Simplicity Halloween Costume Contest '08I really do love wearing this costume. In spite of the weight of the skirt, it is very comfortable, and there's just something about sitting in piles of ruffles. The bustier is now quite loose, and I'm contemplating making another one, maybe before D*C '11.