I wanted something easy but festive to wear as I would be running around during the event. I came up with the following.
I saved a few Ringmaster jacket photos from Pinterest (love that site) and pulled elements from them that I liked and would be super easy. I really liked the stripes on this one, which is actually a costume jacket from Party City!
One jacket photo I saved looked like a pattern I had seen in the Simplicity costume section. I found the pattern online and it was super easy. I didn't like the flouncy sleeves, so left them off.
I bought some nice red fabric in downtown LA. I had scraps of black and white stripe fabric left over from a pirate outfit. Birda gave me some large gold trim she had in her stash, and I had small gold trim in my stash.
The under dress was made first. I got the cheapest black cotton I could find, as it would be mostly covered. It consists of a front bodice, back bodice and full, round skirt. It slips over your head kind of like an apron. The edges are bound with black bias tape and simple straps hold it up. In the final stages, I ran the larger gold trim across the front of the bodice, and the smaller gold trim around the hem. I put a big fluffy crinoline underneath, giving it body and an extra layer of texture peeking out.
Next I decorated the sleeves. I didn't have enough stripe for full cuffed sleeves, so I just added a flat layer around with gold trim. Gold piping, left over from my 1960s Wonder Woman dress (see previous post) was placed around the top edge.
The fun part was the collar. I really had to stretch out my striped scraps, as I had barely enough after putting around the cuffs. I used the last of my gold piping around the collar pieces. I am sure glad I hoard my scraps!
Next, I lined the jacket pieces and the peplum pieces. That was a slippery job! Then the jacket pieces were sewn together. Its starting to look like something now!
The pattern calls for laces through grommets to close the jacket in the front. I decided not to do that.
First, I sewed the smaller gold trim in four rows across the front of the jacket. The same trim I sewed around the edge of the peplum. In this photo, its only pinned onto the dummy through the unfinished black dress, so its all bunched up at the moment.
Next, I added 4 gold buttons to each side of the horizontal trim. Finally, I used gold ribbons, tacked to the front edges, to make gold bows to tie it on.
Boots. I had a boot decision to make. Should I go with traditional black boots, or go with my flashy gold boots I wore to go with this outfit. The gold ones won!
Top hat. I've had this old hat for years, and just changed out the trim.
Wig. My Wonder Woman wig, which is starting to get ratty.
Whip. bought on ebay for $7.
Tights. I love these. I have a few pair. These are from downtown LA. They also carry them in thigh high stockings, but tights are more my speed :)
Outfit fabric approximately $22 (red, black and lining)
Buttons $3.50 Trim all from stash.
My wonderful friends April and Joanne and awesome assistant Birda.
Ringmaster General Birda used the same pattern in blue and silver.