Metallic Blue MasqueradeOctober 8, 2014
I just recently finished up this ensemble of pieces for a lovely couple on their way to a masquerade ball. How fun!
The original request included a customized dress in a flashy fabric, and a reworked hat, originally worn as part of a bridesmaid ensemble from several years ago. After removing the netting and the pearls from the original hat, I recovered it in the metallic fabric, applied new rhinestone beads from a disassembled necklace my client had on hand, reapplied the netting, and created a top rhinestone bauble with matching fabric strands to dangle in the back.
The dress itself was a commercial pattern she chose (McCalls 6952) which we modified to suit her, adding little sleeves. It has two front slits in the skirt, an elasticized waist for the top to blouse over, princess seams, and a pretty peekaboo back yoke. I think the soft drapey fabric gives it a kind of grecian goddess look.
The brooch she wanted to wear as a feature had a pretty thick and blunt pin which would have damaged the fabric, so we brainstormed together to find a solution. With two small safety pins vertically inserted on the inside of the dress, I created two spaces through which the brooch could hang on, leaving the dress fabric in tact. We are geniuses!!
Once we had her outfit off to a good start, she asked me if I could make some matching men’s accessories for her partner out of the scraps from the dress. Certainly! I put together a pocket square, bow tie, cummerbund, and mask to complete the look.