Meat Ball Dress
This dress and the corset were made for Susy's Meat Ball held in honor of her husbands birthday. The corset was made from scratch and is historically accurate but the dress was made from recycled modern garments. The foundation is a modern bridal petticoat that I tucked and coaxed into the right shape and proportion. Next comes a modern black tafetta evening skirt that was hemmed to be even over the very different shape of the petticoat. The apron is made from the train of a lost wedding dress. The dress and polonaise is made form a 1970s wedding dress that was slashed down the front and across the waistline to side back to create the shaping in the bodice and back. I added bones at side front and the lacing across the corset which also serves as the stomacher in this interpretation. Although it is not exciting as a historical garment, it is very exciting as an example of what can be done using recycled clothing on a shoe string budget and was very appropriate to its silly purpose. See also the 1780 Corset for reference.