The dress is made of a White Cotton Sateen, with the accents made of Casa Matte Satin and Matte Charm Satin.
The front design was created with appliqué. The back of the costume features the same.
The ruffles on the cuff are circle ruffles, cut and gathered from a circle of fabric to give them the right kind of drape. They were finished with a napkin hem.
There are a number of different options on how to make a full skirt, from gores to gathering. Following the example of some Elizabethan gowns, my skirt uses knife pleats to create volume. This creates extra weight, so a sturdy hoopskirt was needed to support the heavy skirt.
I finished the hem with 1” wide horsehair to help give the hemline some extra lift.
The trim gradually rises in the back of the dress so the ruffles were pinned on while the skirt was draped over my hoopskirt. The ruffle was then machine stitched in place.
- Sew a 60” long tube out of a fabric strip. Turn it right side out and iron it flat.
- Knot one end of the fabric strip.
- Starting at the knot, wrap the strip around the knot.
- Continue to wrap the strip around the knot, folding the strip over as you rotate it.
- Fold as much as looks good. The fold points will create the rosette ‘petals’.
- Once the flower shape is formed, use fabri-tac and thread to secure the end of the strip and the petals.
The rosettes were hand stitched in place after the fabri-tac dried.
For Asseylum’s wig, I styled an Venus in Fairy Blonde from Arda Wigs into her hairstyle.