One of my final projects in finishing school is a class called, "Ballgown" where you have 30 days to complete a dress of Terry's choosing (the owner and director of NYFA). I designed 3 gowns and presented them to her. Here they are:
aaand...she picked this one! A sheer hoopskirt with black and white polka dots over a strapless corseted underdress with a cape (with sleeves, braided armscye, ruched back and black velvet bow trail. As Joey Lawrence via Blossom (and several syndicated tv shows later) would say, "WhOAH!"
I started one week ago (Wednesday) and have been progressing! Here's the muslin (to try out my pattern I made) It's outta Duck Cloth (heavy weight, like corset coutil).
Merry Widow corseted bodice pieces..
with hoop crinoline underneath!
that's it for now. More updates soon!