Help! I feel like a cupcake!

By on August 14, 2012

I am going to my 10 year high school reunion on Saturday, and I had this grand plan to sew a dress and a petticoat to wear. The dress came out just like I wanted, but the petticoat… well, let’s just say I feel ridiculous in this thing. I look like a cupcake. It is one thing to take pictures and post them on a website where you know everyone loves vintage clothes, but quite another to wear said cupcake petticoat to see people you haven’t seen in the last 10 years. Here let me show you.

The dress with the cupcake petticoat
The dress with the cupcake petticoat

That doesn’t even give you a good idea how huge this thing is. I have to smoosh it to walk through doorways. The dress probably comes out at a 45 degree angle from my body. When I walk I feel like I’m going to knock things off tables and hit my kid in the head hard enough to cause a concussion.

Ok… in all seriousness, I love the petticoat, I’m just not sure if it’s too much for this event. I feel like I’m wearing a costume, not a cocktail dress.

petti peek
petti peek

So I guess my question would be: is it too much? Should I just give up and wear a smaller petticoat I have (it’s white and doesn’t have the fabulous purple-ish trim) Should I live it up and go all out with vintage hair and makeup? Should I go with a really modern messy hairstyle to offset the costume-look? Should I ditch the shoes and go with plain black pumps? Please Please PLEASE! I need help deciding.

I know I will probably get questions about all the details of the dress, so I will answer them here, now that I’m done having a nervous breakdown. The dress is a self drafted bodice and circle skirt. I got the fabric 75% off at my local JoAnne’s when they moved. I’m pretty sure it’s 100% polyester. The belt I got at Ross. I got the shoes years ago (can’t remember where). The petticoat is an adaptation of Alice Lon’s 48 yard petticoat. I changed up so much stuff on the pattern I should really call it inspired by. It only ended up being 32 yards at the bottom because I ran low on trim (boy am I glad I didn’t make it the full 48 yards… I might have suffocated on all the ruffles) The trim is self made “bias” binding (cut on the straight grain) from cotton fabric I had. Don’t use cotton to bind your petticoat. I think that is part of the reason it is so ridiculously poofy. It also makes it really stiff and unyielding at the bottom (in a not pretty way).  The fabric from the skirt falls into the valleys of the petticoat in a really unattractive way as well (you can’t tell too much in the picture, but I promise it looks weird in real life) If you have gotten this far, Thank you! Extra points to whoever helps me decide what to wear!

BTW This is my first post. (If you didn’t already figure that out)

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