Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halloween DIY: Under the Dress

I took a field trip over to my local fabric store this weekend with the intention of purchasing supplies for my pillow pannier (while scouting pretty fabric and lace for my next purchase). For those of you who don't know what a pannier is, they're the big poofy false hips. Instead of making a traditional hoop pannier, which can be costly, I decided to sew two pillows. They should work just as well. 


I brought home some white muslin, which I got for $2.99/yard. I also snagged a large bag of fiberfill for $5.99. I have plenty of this stuff left over, so for the materials I used to make the pannier, it cost about $5.00. First, I cut out the shape of the pillows. After I pinned them, I prepared my machine. All in all, it was incredibly easy to sew. The whole thing took less than an hour. 

My huge bag of fiberfill
 After I sewed the pillows, I sewed up the back. I then sewed two spare ribbons to the front.

Here is the finished product. In the picture below, I am wearing an old plastic-boned corset I snagged from Goodwill a while back. It's not a real corset, and it's somewhat cone-shaped. This is perfect for the silhouette of the 18th century. They used stay corsets back then, so they were not meant to create hourglass curves; stays are supposed to bind. 

I'll continue to update as I go along my DIY adventure. In the meanwhile, I hope you all enjoy your October. Halloween is approaching (the whole month is Halloween for me), and I hope you are getting prepared. Tell me what you think, and let me know what you have planned this year.

8 comments:

  1. Ooo, can't wait to see what that looks like with a skirt over it!

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    1. The dress still needs a lot of work, but I'm hoping it resembles something close to Marie Antoinette.

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  2. Very exciting, it is fun to see the process as it all goes along!

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  3. It already appears as though you're wearing a period outfit; it's amazing that it's just the foundations of your overall costume-- you did a fine job!

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    1. It does! I look like a 1920's bather in these pictures. ;)

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    1. Kind of! It's supposed to be more of a pannier, which is like a half of a hoop skirt.

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