The Purple Files: Dr Who - River Song
by K. Carlisle, also known as La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia
a 'companion' (well, we shall see won't we?) that is 'of my
own age'! So, I have a few of her costumes planned and on the go
as there is the
Australian Costumers' Guild Ball next month,
is a Ball gown! This one is from "The Time of the Angels". Scarily, it
means some new skills I have to learn: sewing chiffon, French seams,
covering leather bag just for starters...
The original costume is a long black (30-40's inspired?) dress
The dress has the following features:
- The bodice has a slightly gathered front and back with
- mostly silver (and some black) trim on the front 'V'
(rounded) neckline, and across the front of the waistband only
- the bodice front has some gathers on the shoulderline
- a triangular waistband, larger on the front than the back
- no visible closures
- chiffon sleeves with a solid black
cuff with 5 material covered buttons on each cuff
- The inside of the material is shinier and
- there is a small hem. The hemline is at about ankle length
allowing the shoes to be completely visible.
- The skirt is basically 'A'line with the material being
shown to be 'soft' at the top of the skirt, by the way it hangs
- a small train.
- 40's inspired cat'seye sunglasses
- red leather handbag with a 'tube' along the top and a wide
- simple silver metal watch on the left hand
- blonde 'movie star' hair with side parting
- River's blue diary
- red (well, merlot technically) Christian
Louboutin Bianca Platform Pump complete with signature red sole...
sigh.. (like I could afford that one!!!) though they are
currently on sale... still sigh...
- stud earrings
The pattern: bodice lining and skirt:
The toile :
The Waistline and Bodice:
The bust area was gathered. The bodice waist was
gathered into the waistband. The skirt was A-line. I used some trim,
from my 'material stash' for the bodice decoration. The original has
gold and black as well as silver. I have not been able to find a
well=priced substitute. I hate doing invisible zips!
The original and mine, with
K. Carlisle. 8/10
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