Saturday, October 23, 2010

Yeah Halloween!

I haven't been to a costume party in 20 years and just last week I find out I'm going to two! One is with the hubby and we brainstormed the easiest costumes based on what we already had. We decided on a cowboy and a saloon girl. Well, he had just about everything cowboy and well, all I had was a corset. I figured I could come up with something easy. Yeah, right ;-) Of course I had to start looking for patterns and the first place I thought of was Laughing Moon Mercantile. I have a corset pattern from them but have yet to make it. So, I bought their Saloon Girl pattern.

Saloon Girl

I have to tell you that this has been the most fun sewing I've had in a long time. The pattern was awesome, clear, easy to follow and wonderfully drafted. I hit Joann's yesterday and browsed their "special occasion" fabric. Wow, I can't imagine making anything special occasion out of it except for Halloween. I settle on this black on black stuff of which I have no idea what to call it and a lining of purple with black polka dots. My corset is a reversible black and purple number. I started sewing yesterday and finished tonight.

I made three pieces, the bustle and drape which I guess is one, bloomers and a chemise. The first two are from the Laughing Moon pattern and the chemise is a modified Simplicity 2593. I added some width to the center front and back and lengthened the straps. I added the eyelet edging instead of binding the edges, then I stitched using elastic thread to get it to gather slightly.

I have yet to put some of the finishing touches on it like some ribbons like the pattern shows. I'll probably do that tomorrow.


amber said...

That is SO FUN! You did a great job and you look fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Sounds, and looks, like fun! You've done a fantastic job with the costume.

Michelle said...

What a great idea for halloween! Have fun at your parties!

Karin said...

What an awesome costume! You are sure to be "bell of the ball!"

Anonymous said...

oh, LOOK how fun! I love a costume party..great costume!