I'm very excited about todays post!!! I have been invited by the ever so talented and amazing Heidi of Elegance & Elephants to take part in her series entitled Knock It Off. Maybe you remember the bear hoodies (here & here) I did the last time!
Well this time I've gone a complete different route and decided to knock off, as best I could, this amazingly inspiring and stunning vintage circus suit. You might remember me blogging about it over a year ago, I fell in love with it and knew I wanted to make Miss E a replica. So that week, back in 2012, I went out bought the fabric, rhinestones and feather hoping to make it that weekend. One thing led to another... Here we are one year later and I finally got around to putting this costume together all thanks to Heidi.
I realize it isn't identical... there are a few things that got in way. First, the rhinestones are expensive, secondly they are heavy, so I decided to put a few less. Next I had a hard time finding the exact fabric, specially for the bottom. I found a shiny fabric I thought could do the trick and bought the rest around it, basically a peau de soie which is really silky and soft and a breeze to sew.
I'm pretty sure there are over 1000 rhinestones, every single one was glued one at a time. I created the star and scallop with some pink felt and glued the rhinestones over it. I prayed it would hold and even after the photo session only 1 fell off. Victory!!! I used a glue called jewel-it, apparently the stones will stay on even after the wash. Hmmm, we'll have to see about that!
I love that I was able to knock this vintage suit off, I am so happy I took on the challenge and made it my own. I have to say I was a little nervous, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, if it would look anything like the original, if I'd be able to make it as special.
It wasn't till the very end when Miss E tried it on that I realized how proud I was... the smile on her face might have helped just a little!
She was so very excited, all that shine and pink tones... she loves it! She asked me if she could wear it for Halloween... we might have to go down to Florida next fall!
A little magic can take you long way.... I hope Miss E feels a little magic every time she wears her circus suit. There is nothing like the power of the imagination and a little sparkle too!
Stay tuned for The Elsie & Co Traveling Circus, presenting the largest and grandest show in the world. Don't miss the wonderful, extraordinary and magical Miss E on the tight rope with her roaring lions, trained herd of elephants and educated horses. The whole entertainment will be found moral, instructive and amusing. Enjoy the show!