2012 Disneyland - Mickey's Halloween Party
FABRIC: Blue polyester bridal satin and embroidered white polyester bridal satin. I chose polyester over more period authentic silk taffeta or shantung in the hopes that the polyester would be durable enough to wear to Disneyland and spot clean by hand washing.
SKIRT PATTERN: It is a simple box pleated skirt made of rectangular panels. Common for most 1850's and 1860's ball gowns. There are many books and patterns on the market that give instructions for making this basic skirt.
BODICE PATTERN : TV490 1892 Ball Gown Bodice - The Truly Victorian bodice had a chrysanthemum sleeve which seemed closest to to the sort of sleeve Cinderella's gown imitated from the Victorian era. I did modify the sleeve pattern quite a bit by enlarging it, and I shortened the length of the bodice. If I had to do it over again, I would have started with a proper 1860s ball gown bodice such as 1860s Crinoline Ball gown OW863.
HEADBAND : I was a bit rushed and had hoped the commercial headband I had purchased would come low enough (to the bottom of my ears) once my wig was on. Alas, it did not. I'll eventually make one out of sintra and cover it with satin. The ends of the headband simply have white beaded buttons added.
UNDERGARMENTS: I wore a Laughing Moon Victorian corset (Pattern #100) underneath the bodice. The skirt was given a mid 1800s bell shape with a custom made hoop skirt. I enlarged the Laughing Moon Hoops and Bustles Pattern #112 (View A) Civil War era hoop to make it a slightly larger circumference. I then added a ruffled petticoat made of bridal crinoline from JoAnn's using Past Patterns #800 as a guide (the skirt was made larger to fit over the larger hoop). If I had to do the petticoat over again, I would have used silk organza or cotton organdy. Why? For all of the hours and days of work, this petticoat should be able to double for a period accurate petticoat with my victorian costumes! But polyester or nylon is not period authentic. I was not thinking multi-costume use at the time of making it.
SHOES: Clear plastic "Ariel" princess pump with silver glitter heart by Ellie Shoes.
WIG: I styled the wig using a combination of Sepia Wig HB Creative and HB Tori (color T85). I ripped apart the Creative wig weft by weft, added a few wefts and an extra layer of bangs to the Tori wig. I then created a separate hair piece from the Creative wefts so that I could add curls to the top of the wig up-do.