This is a last minute, wallet-friendly costume I put together so that I would have something period-appropriate to wear while Brian is in his Reuben Cogburn at D*C. I actually really like it now that it's all put together and all the accessories are finished. Aside from True Grit, Tombstone is my favorite 'western,' and since I am too old to costume as young Mattie Ross and too young to costume as older Mattie, I chose something a little more old-west-femme-fatale. Kate, Doc Holliday's 'special lady,' wears some beautiful dresses, and since I already had most of the materials, I went with this one. Plus, it's all black. Gotta love that.
Accessories: Black lace opera-length gloves, jet and pearl earrings (made them!), black beaded/feather fascinator (made it!), necklace created using spare beaded fringe trim
Patterns: For the skirt, I used view A from McCalls 2851. This is the only piece I used from this pattern. For the bodice, I used Simplicity 4092. Thinking back, I probaly wouldn't use this one again for this type of dress. However, I liked the shape and it's a pattern I'm familiar with, so it was fairly easy to modify. And it was modified. Heavily. I didn't use a pattern for the 'train'...it was pretty easy to throw together with leftover satin and lace.
Shoes: Brian gave me a beautiful pair of black Victorian lace-up boots from Oak Tree Farms (for my birthday). I LOVE them. Not only are they perfect for this dress, I can also wear them with my can-can.
These pictures are not very good...we're crammed into my messy sewing room. I will have better shots after D*C. And my hair is not styled. But you'll at least get a look at the dress!