The dress, the dress!
I'm in the middle of finishing the second belt (lots and lots of beading). I'll hopefully have more pictures after the show. But a sneak peek for starters.
Coming into the competition my inspiration was a dress that you could possibly wear at any time. Something comfortable, not too 'anything' in particular. I'm not one to wear black a lot (because I'm addicted to colour) so I also wanted to have something to make it more colourful, hence the belts. The belts are similar to cumerbunds in shaped and they tie up at the back. You could probably wear them with other things as well.
The shape of the dress is fairly late 1950s/early 1960s with a semi-boatneck at the front and lower back. The pleating was super hard and while it's not 100% perfect, I'm happy with how it turned out.
That being said, I've heard that some girls got professional dress makers to make theirs so I'm not expecting too much.