Over the last seven years Vancouver (Canada) has been host to the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival the weekend of my birthday. How serendipitous for me! Last year I decided to celebrate my burlesque birthday in style. Between the costumes and the outfits the audience members were wearing, I think I might have hyperventilated with excitement. Gorgeous! Amazing! Sparkly!
I’m not entirely sure, but I THINK I purchased Butterick 5552 from eBay. I love the idea of the wiggle dress with an optional overskirt and decided it was the look I wanted for such a fun event.
The original plan was to make the wiggle dress in black and the overskirt in black sparkle tulle, but I realized that was going to be just a little too safe and went out on a limb. Magenta wiggle dress with a teal sparkle tulle overskirt. There’s no blending in with that colour palette.
I was a little concerned with constructing this gown due to the fact that there is a “peek-a-boo” strip down the front that is sewn last. (Think double lapped zipper with a strip of fabric as the zipper.) Everything needs to line up or it will just look bad! I used a scrap of teal duppioni silk and teal thread for top-stitching. I took my time and it paid off – it came together perfectly the first time. Yay me!
I made a slight alteration on the overskirt. I didn’t have enough teal silk to do the long ties so I decided to make a simple waistband and use a beautiful crystal pin made by my favourite local jewellery designer as the closure.
Here is the final result on my Judy:
Here is the complete look inside the gorgeous Vogue theatre (built in 1941 in the Art Deco style):
This year I cheated because I was sick and wore this black and red rockabilly wiggle dress BUT I did make my girlfriend’s dress! (Butterick reproduction 6173):