It has been a long journey to get here.
I started planning this costume nearly three years ago, just before I started this blog. I had fallen in love with it when I first saw ‘Prince Caspian,’ and even working in a costume shop, I had never thought about making it for myself.
During my senior year of college, I finished my first overbust corset, thinking that it would be used for this costume… I’m still a little sad that I won’t be able to use it for this costume. I also got the fabric for the underskirt and the dress itself, which was quilting cotton and poly-satin, respectively.
Last summer I made the “sleeves” and the underskirt, and attached the sleeves to the corset. Not my brightest idea.
Over the past year, I drafted the overdress from the corset pattern, constructed it from the lining fabric (turquoise satin) as a muslin, then used those pieces to cut out the real fabric and sew it up. That was early autumn of last year. Then I stalled for months. At the end of the spring semester I started sewing the trim onto the top, and when I had the trim mostly on, I stalled again deciding what pattern I really wanted to paint. I got so fed up with it mid-July that I started on it with dots and then worked on the pattern as I went. I finished the painting mid-August, right before school started, and happy with myself, forgot that I actually needed to finish it.
I decided on the last Monday in September that I needed to finish the dress and get it photographed that weekend. This costume deserved better than my living room.
So a friend volunteered to be my photographer, and told me about this awesome library, and here are some of the photos!
It’s about time after 2.5 years, right?
Maybe I’ll get pictures outside sometime, but for now I love these pictures, and this library!