3D GEM BROOCH
HANNAH ALEXANDER ARTWORK
I’ve been looking to create an ultra-feminine and floral costume for many years now, and once I saw this Rose Quartz design by Hannah Alexander Artwork I knew I had to make it! The process began by separating all of Hannah’s design elements into individual pieces so I could calculate and pattern all of the different layers. The skirt is a 5-tiered half circle wrap skirt with a large slit opening in the front. The bodice has illusion cut-outs with a dramatic deep V front with tulle straps and floral applique. All of the fabric was purchased in a light pink color and gradient dip-dyed for the ombre purple effect. The skirt tiers are made with multiple circle flounces for maximum fullness and drape, and finished with a rolled fishing line hem for a flower petal effect. I drafted a bodice lining pattern on my mannequin and then draped on gathered pieces of chiffon for the outer layer. Creating the illusion cut-outs was a challenging process, but ultimately made the costume comfortable and easy to wear. A mixture of three different fabrics make up all of the floral applique, which I hand cut out each pieces and then pinned and hand sewed them on. There are beaded embellishments along the cutout areas on the midriff, as well as along the draped sleeves. I finished off this costume with a custom dyed wig that started out as white and gradient dyed in shade of pink. I curled and styled two wigs to sit on top of one another for dramatic fullness. I created a halo crown out of wire, foam spheres covered in glitter, and matching florals and pearls.
I feel so feminine and buxom in this costume, it is the ultimate confidence boost! I am so happy with how this costume turned out and I’m proud of all the intricate details that I put into it.