|Playing card themed dress. Unknown date.|
|Queen of Spades costume c. 1905.|
|Red clocked stockings|
Matching garters from Zofi Design.
What really changed the direction of the dress though was the heart tiara, from Venus Jewelry. Originally I was going to do some type of fascinator, but I couldn't say no to the tiara and after I put it on, everyone wanted to know if my costume was the Queen of Hearts. I went with it and said yes, especially after we took this picture with Ben, the King of Hearts.
So here is the finished dress in all its glory.
Since this a costume dress, I set up the bodice to lace up the back, rather than worry about hidden hooks and eyes. Originally, I had also planned to sew some hearts near the skirt hem, but then ran out of time. Looking at all the photos, I think I'm going to just leave it off.
|Underside of the skirt and my bloomers in action.|
I had such a blast in this dress. It's definitely going in the "too keep" pile and I really hope I get another chance to wear it again soon!