- The empire-waisted underdress
consists of the black bodice with puffed sleeves and narrow,
two-layered skirt. The first, red skirt has 3 darts on each side; cca 3
cm above the bottom is attached the beaded black voil stripe. The topmost layer
of the skirt with the first set of beaded circles hangs free. The
beading is done directly onto the voile and does not go through the silk
beneath. The bottom layer is the same, except that the voile layer is sewn onto
the skirt itself just beneath the beaded line of the top layer.
The skirt is embellished with 16 beaded circles. I glued small cloth
circles to the fine voile, then attached them also with buttonhole stitch -
each stitch contains small black bead, it looks nice and the edge of
the glued cloth is not visible - and these reinforced places then were beaded.
The dress fastens back with hooks and eyes.
- Beaded bodice (waistcoat or plastron, as you want) is black on wrong
and red on right side, one-pieced - the shoulder "seam" is created by the pair of pale
blue Czech fire polished beads. First I beaded the black ornament, using tiny
black and clear beads, jet beads and black tiny sequins, then I filled gaps with
horizontal rows (where it was possible, of course) of red beads. The pattern for
the bodice was good - but it shrunk a bit with all this beading, so now it is
very tight fitting (sigh). The bodice fastens in front with 2 hooks and eyes.
To the bodice is attached the sheer train, gathered on the back,
and edged with small iron-on black sequins. I was
afraid to iron them on the black material, so I attached them with black beads.
- The outfit is completed with red shoes (I have
them from "Princess of England" Barbie -. I coated them red with
nail-polish and black with colour for plastic kits), crocheted and beaded
necklace, earrings and the butterfly hairpin.