May 9, 2011

Masquerade Gown Part 3 *Finished*

The only pictures I have right now are the ones from the banquet, but I will probably get others after school is over. (Two more days!!!)

I used Simplicity 4092 and Simplicity 3637

Just about everything is from 4092, but since the sleeve pattern was wacky I used the sleeve pattern from 3637.  I read the directions a couple times before I started cutting my fabric because I knew I would be doing this project over the course of about 2 months.  In this way I was able do plan out what sort of embellishment I wanted to do and when to do it.

Eggplant Elegance Taffeta from
Fuchsia Taffeta from
All-over nylon scalloped white lace from (though when I washed it with the taffeta it took on the slightest hint of pink. :-)
Beads from my collection
Pink Broadcloth from
Pink bottom weight tablecloth from Thrift store for lining
LOTS of thread :-)

 The back
 The side (Yes, it is that long!)
 Even though you aren't supposed to see the pink broadcloth, I think this shot is really cool.  It looks more like a dress from the 18th century because of the way it poofs out. :-)
 Hudson and I
I added 1 1/2 inches to the neckline, but it is still on the verge of being a little too low. :-/  Maybe I'll wear a fichu next time.  To fill the gap a little I threw together a charm and wore it with some black cord.

The underskirt
The ribbon waistband does clash, but it fits perfectly and is so easy to get on and off with the two hook-and-eyes.
The pink invisible zipper I got from our stash downstairs.  Perhaps it was not the best idea.  It had been recycled from something else and was pretty old.  It was metal, which was nice, but I had to work it a dozen or so times before it decided to cooperate most of the time.  My brothers had to zip it up on me a couple times. :-)
Pleats in the front and gathers in the back.  It is a little odd, I admit, but that is what the pattern said, so that is what I did.

The Sleeves
Here you can see that hint of pink when it is stacked. :-)  By the way,  3/4 sleeves with lace have always been cool and a dream of mine.  They are amazing.  Seriously.  Go make yourself a dress with sleeves like this!  To die for. :-)
The necklace
The Mask
I made a black mask with the leftovers from the leftovers from Hudson's lapels, overlaid it with the lace and glued fuchsia glitter on it.  Not the coolest (no feathers :-) but it worked, and it matched.


  1. Oh, it came out amazing! Wonderful job! Love the rich.


  2. Whoops! That last comment was me...I was logged into my gmail account...sorry about that. :/

  3. It's gorgeous! I love the color, and the sheen of the fabric. :)

  4. Oh wow, it looks amazing! Love it, love it, love it. :)

  5. WOW!!! Your gown is fantastic!!! Absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job. :-D

  6. ooh, how gorgeous! I *LOVE* those sleeves. :)


  7. Thyat dress you made is incredibly gorgeous!