This Halloween, I’ve been busted as a Project Runway junkie and/or wannabe even though I’ve only seen a couple of episodes. Is that possible? Seems that recycling some newspaper to make a party dress is soooo Tim Gunn. If so, then guess I’m guilty as charged cause that’s what I did.
Basically, I just wanted something that would go with my new wig and there’s always a ton of newspapers scattered around our messy house. Hence the inspiration for the frock. Of course, any excuse to play hookie from work also factors greatly in my daily decision-making as well.
Here’s some shots of the grand gal as I began to conjure up the party vixen.
Started out making a bit of a muslin sloper to support it internally because the visions of me splitting this dress wide open, mid-cocktail, gave me night sweats.
Then I fit the bodice. Using narrow strips, micro-crimping and a lot of hot glue, the sweetheart neckline began to take shape. My dress form/manni is quite a bit more of a Joan Holloway than yours truly so draping the darts was rather uncharted territory.
But all in all, she came out kinda sweet in that disney princess sort of way.
I added an exposed red zipper to the back for a little color pop and paired it with matching candy-apple red pumps. It is Halloween after all.
And… I’m happy to announce that the dress quite survived the festivities with only minor crumpling in the seat and just a slight mini-burger staining on the Jane Mansfields.
That’s pretty much about as good as it gets for me.