Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I don’t think the book is meant as costume inspiration, but what other excuse do I have to combine my desire for a Regency dress with my desire to carry a Katana sword?
Taking a break from Steampunking, I decided to clear my mind with something white, simple, and decidedly non buckle-y.
I started with this pattern, which I’ve been wanting to try for at least five years.
Yesterday and today I’ve made most of the half-corset and shift. Pictures will be posted later. I was really impressed with how easy this pattern was, and highly recommend it. It even fit me on the first try without the tinkering Simplicity patterns usually require (especially for corsets). The only thing that went wrong was that I sewed one of the underarm gussets in the wrong way around; but that’s normal when it comes to me and gussets! I just don’t do them enough, and they always seem so simple (and they are, really) that I get overconfident and stop paying attention to what I’m doing. I’m making my shift longer than the one pictured; the dress fabric is so thin that I want a bit more coverage – it would look weird to have half my legs semi-visible.
For the dress itself, I’m thinking very simple and white, something like the pictures I have posted on the page for the “1800s White Dress”. I want a Spencer jacket, but I’m still figuring out the design. I like these:
The back of this is just too cute!
I like how this one unbuttons to show off the front of the dress.
This one is probably my favorite so far. Love the buttons down the side and the military look. Maybe I’ll do something like this, only with the back of the first jacket?
I know I want a dark color for the fabric. Maybe this green, or a dark red? If I can, without ruining the line of the jacket, I’ll slip in a few pockets for a zombie slayer’s tools of trade.
I found really great shoes on ebay. $7. I like the bit of a heel, and some extant shoes I’ve seen have had little heels, so I think it’s okay that they aren’t perfectly flat.
And bonnets. Oh joy! I have always wanted to wear a pretty poke bonnet, but none of my previous costumes have allowed me to possess one. This is a sad lack, which I intend to make up for right away.
I found this fabulous site that shows how to create an authentic-looking bonnet for cheap. Cheap is good. I already have a straw hat of the sort you begin with, so it will be just the cost of ribbons and flowers…most of which, I probably already have squirreled away, depending upon what colors I choose. Link to bonnet site
This site even has a video tutorial for bonnets. I love this person, whoever she is!