in progress: Queen of Hearts

I am making a Queen of Hearts themed dress to coincide with the release of the new Alice in Wonderland film by Tim Burton. For inspiration I have been watching old Elizabethan period films, specifically The Seahawk (1940), Fire over England (1937) and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939). As usual, I started out with a specific idea in mind, and am completely evolving it as I go.

The "Elizabeth" section of my inspiration board.

Swatches of the fabric I'm using.

Pattern for the design I'm embroidering on the center panel of the bodice.

I'm working on embroidering the bodice. Looks primitive now, but there's a lot more to do!

Muslin for the bodice.

Sneak peek at the mock-up for the Elizabethan "ruff" that will be added to the collar.

in dressmaking, in progress

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