Guys I think I just made my best Hallowe'en costume to date and it's all down to the fabric. Ok, it's somewhat down to the pattern as well, but Oh. My God. The Fabric. Instead of the usual 'dress up as something scary' shindig my awesome friends threw a circus-themed murder mystery party and I was assigned the role of glamorous magician's assistant. Obviously my brief for that was going to be skin-tight, shiny, and as tacky as I can get, so I nearly wept when the aptly named Cheap Fabrics threw up a pink and purple leopard print/zebra print monstrosity.
OH MY GOD YES
I used the Nettie pattern from Closet Case Files, which I got in the Sew Independent bundle last month - I will readily admit this is not the first thing I had in mind when I saw the pattern, so I'm sure it will be re-used for slightly more real life appropriate garments.
I cut a straight size 10 low-neck, low-back dress with no modification other than to lengthen the skirt and leave a slit in one side - this isn't the most forgiving fabric so I had to suck my stomach in a fair bit, but I imagine in a slightly firmer knit it would be a damn good fit. I may give the low back a miss next time though; as Heather rightly pointed out in her sew-along having only half a shelf bra does pull on the side seams and gives the shoulders a tendency to slip off. I still think the shelf bra is genius though - being able to go braless in October with nary a peep of neeps is ruddy marvellous.
Of course no costume is complete without accessories, so I finished the look with fishnets, a feather headdress, the cheapest feather boa I could find (Poundland FTW) and as much make-up as I could fit on my face. I think I left bright pink feathers all over Alix's house.
Stole my friend's boyfriend to be my magician - he didn't get the memo about the pink. Very disappointing. I don't think my friend minded too much as she was secretly having affairs with both of us while being married to the murder victim. Who then turned out to be faking his own death to frame the swindling knife thrower. Meanwhile I had an inescapable alibi as I had apparently managed to lock myself in box. All prime fodder for some excellent drunken ham acting!
Hope you all had an equally silly weekend!