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.
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.