Silk Belly Dance Veils

A sampling of some of my costumes. . .

This was my latest re-creation--Phoenix's red corset and jacket from X-Men 3. The costume is made from a shot cotton, red metallic and black, that I found at Wal-mart, of all places! The pattern for the jacket was actually a Regency-style spencer.

Elizabeth's gold gown from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. For more details on the making of this dress (including step-by-step photos of me putting it together) please visit my blog.

This is Elizabeth Swann's island shift from Pirates of the Caribbean. This gown was made from a thick brocade, and embellished with dozens of eyelets down the front and sleeves. This gown has been sold.

This was a colonial dress I made for a Sleepy Hollow event. The corset is from Jean Hunnisett's Period Costume for Stage and Screen and the jacket is based on one in the Colonial Williamsburg collection. The petticoat will eventually be remade and quilted.

One of my favorite dresses Arwen wears in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. This gown is modeled after the one worn when Arwen gives her Evenstar pendant to Aragorn and shares a kiss with him on a bridge in Rivendell. The lining is a polyester silk-like material, with a crinkle chiffon overlay that is hand embellished with sequins and iridescent seed beads. (I'm afraid until I find a source for pre-beaded chiffon, this will be a one-of-a-kind--it took far too long to do them all!) It has no princess seams or back closure--it just flows straight down to a gentle A-line skirt with a trailing train and is fitted with a tie in the back. The sleeves drape down to reveal the shoulders, and go nearly to the knees and are slit below the elbow. The draped cowl neckline trim is tacked down with iridescent sequins and seed beads.

This is Arwen's Requiem cloak that I made to wear over my bridge dress. It's made from an embossed stretch velvet that has a beautiful vine pattern in it.

This is a pseudo-colonial dress I made for a Sleepy Hollow event last Halloween. My challenge was to create a dress in one week, using only material I already had on hand, and this was the result. =) It's just made from a commercial Halloween pattern, so although it resembles a colonial gown, it's very loosely historical (there's a zipper in the back, and it's not made to be worn over historical stays or panniers). For instructions on how to make this hat yourself, see the resources list at the bottom of the page.

This is a simply styled semi-historic medieval dress, with no princess seams and a full circle skirt that sweeps out from the waist. It fastens with a zipper up the back. It has long, tight-fitting sleeves and an elegent wide boat neckline with a self-bias trim. Gold trim is stitched over the sleeve and lower hems. The gown is made out of nine yards of a reddish-wine colored polyester. To dress up this gown, I created armband tippets and a belt from a wired tapestry-looking ribbon sewn onto bands of gold satin. The armbands simply slip on, and have a beautiful matching organza drape attached to them. The belt fastens with hooks and eyes at the front point, and has two long dangling ties attached at the point that are threaded with clear plastic crystal-looking beads.

This dress was recently sold.

Little Bo Peep with an attitude! This one is made up of a pink silk-like blouse and bloomers, a white satin and organza skirt ballooned up with tiny ribbon roses, and a white satin corset with iridescent sequin trim. White fishnets and ballet shoes complete the ensemble--and the hair is not mine, but I made custom spiral-curled synthetic ponyfalls. (Every tried to walk a sheep around on a leash? Not fun!)

This costume will not be placed up for auction--I like it too much. =)

This is one of my favorite movie re-creations--Elizabeth Swann's plum dress from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. This is the dress that Barbossa makes her wear when she is taken captive on board the Black Pearl. I tried to include the tiny details, from the gold trim in all the same places as hers, to hand made black frogs and gold botton trim on the sleeves. Instead of silk dupioni like the original, this gown is made out of a gorgeous microfiber polyester in a plum/burgundy shade. The dress closes with a large black frog closure in the front, but I've added some hooks and eyes inside to keep it closed securely. The black bodice underlayer is out of the same black silk-like material of the underskirt and trimmed with black lace. The front panels of the bodice turn back as you can see in the photos, and these have an additional layer of black lace over the plum. The sleeves are gathered up the middle and trimmed in gold, and the cuffs are graced with ivory colored gathered lace. This dress is actually a two piece gown--a bodice with an attached peplum, and a separate skirt. The skirt is in two layers--a plum outerlayer that splits up the front and a black silk-like underlayer that is also split up the front and trimmed with black lace. I like to pin the plum layer up to the waistband to give it that curtain-y effect that hers has. This gown has been sold.

  • Colonial Hats Handout: A little handout I put together for some friends who wanted to try and duplicate the hat I wore to a Sleepy Hollow event last year. I thought it might be helpful for others who may be trying to re-create that elusive potato chip hat look! (Don't have the time or bravery to try and attempt one yourself? Send me an email with the colors you'd like for the ribbon, flowers, and lace, and if I'm not already booked with projects I'd be happy to make one up for you and post it for sale.)