Sunday, October 24, 2010

Elizabeth Bennett: Zombie Hunter

Zombie or vampire?  These were my options for last night's themed event of "Zombie vs. Vampires".  Last year, I went as a nasty zombified prom queen, complete with rotted flesh made with liquid latex, which smells incredibly similar to Parker's cat box.  Not wishing to douse myself in urine for the second year in a row and also realizing that I have no recollection of ever wanting to dress as a vampire in my 34 years of life, I decided to try something a bit different.

I already had pattern 4055 from Simplicity's historical collection.  This pattern covers the 1795 to 1825 period and the small print reads "Sense & Sensibility Patterns."  Perfect for an interpretation of that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book that came out last year.  Admittedly, while I have not read this mash-up of Jane Austen's classic, I have read the original and feel more inclined as a zombie hunter than as a gross and hideous undead creature.

So I whipped up this dress over the course of a week, putting the final touches on it just hours before the event.  The overall fit of the pattern was pretty good, though I had to sew the bust with a smaller seam allowance to accommodate my heaving bosom.  I chose a heavy light green fabric for the dress (six yards of it were picked up at a yard sale last year!) and the overlay was from the remnants pile at Beverly's.  Here are some close-ups of the details:
The buttons on the back are just plastic from my stash and the white is a bit too harsh, but I didn't see the point in buying anything I didn't have to for a costume. 
I tried out the scallop stitch on my sewing machine for the hem of the overlay.  The pattern suggested a narrow hem, but I wanted to use a darker green scallop to give the dress a little bit more decoration and to match the braid at the neckline.  Speaking of which...
I sort of love how the sleeve just slightly slips from the shoulder.  It totally reminds me of all of the Regency Romance novels that I love to read.  I mean, can't you just imagine Mr. Darcy getting a bit too friendly with Miss Bennett, pulling the sleeve from her shoulder to place a very improper and daring kiss?  Um, yes please!
And here I am about to chop the head off of the zombie Walt Whitman.  


Lisette said...

What a great pattern and a great looking dress...I still have yet to make it, I've got the digital one from the Sense and Sensibility Patterns website.
By the way, you can also use gelatin (real gelatin, not like, flavored jello stuff) in place of liquid latex. Doesn't smell quite as bad, but it dries a lot quicker.

Melonie said...

Fantastic dress and post Rachel! I have yet to ever sew anything from scratch and never an outfit so I am majorly impressed. Love the neckline on this one;)

MarieBayArea said...

Cool Costume!