I am a total Halloweenie hence my second costume post of the month! I had two days before my first event of my season, which was this past weekend and hadn’t really given it much thought when I found some great inspiration on Pinterest! I found a picture of a model channeling a 19th century veiled woman who I decided was a Black Widow and the decision was made. I was to become Mrs. Black!
Realizing I did not have a long black skirt that wasn’t completely straight or made out of jersey, I decided to make one! Being a very DIY Kind of Girl I decided to make a couple of key pieces for my costume that I could wear in “real life.” In my fabric stash I had a beautiful four way stretch woven cotton poly blend. I found the fabric at Michael Levine’s LOFT store in Downtown Los Angeles, which houses their dead-stock, castoffs, & remainder pieces/rolls of fabric that are out of season or considered hard to sale.The fabrics are sold by the lb at a remarkable price, score!. Even better, purchasing out of season castoffs saves the fabric from being shipped in and out of the country to fill landfills around the world. Bigger Score. I scored about 5 yards of this incredible Jet Black material and had already made a shirt with some of it.
I used the remaining 3 + yards to make a floor length 3/4 circle skirt. I improvised a pattern making the waist about 4 inches larger than necessary and created two pleats at center back creating a small train that could potentially house a bustle. Next, I made a lace crop top/tank. I had been eyeing a few fabulous crop tops in lace and this was the perfect excuse to make one. I intended to wear it over a blousen woven top to mimic an Edwardian look. In the end it was a bit warm so I opted to just wear the tank alone. And the period is not clearly defined.
In my wardrobe is an amazing silk hooded capelette that I invested in about 4 years ago. It is made by local designer Stella Dottir, who makes custom clothing for men and women. I love all that she creates: simple, timeless, dramatic, feminine pieces with edge. The capelette is something I plan to wear a lot more of, as for the costume, it did the work of transforming my simple timeless pieces into a period outfit. The sheer silk along with the lace also added another layer and texture to all of that black. Finally I made the veil. What’s a Creepy 19th Century Widow without her massive, face obscuring and by default, disturbing veil!? Some tulle and vintage netting I scored by deconstructing a full skirted size 6 vintage dress (that I will reuse later in my own dress design) – did the trick!
Ouala! My Black Widow Check out the petite silent film on my Facebook Page! What will you be doing for Halloween? What’s your inspiration? Who, or WHAT, will you be!?