Giusy is a talented seamstress and costume maker, and she specializes in historical costumes and making replicas of Disney ensembles — she’s made Belle’s winter cape, her wedding dress, and other ensembles of hers. She recently finished a stunning fantasy gown inspired by a Phoenix. She chose to make it in a baroque style but didn’t obsess over making it historically accurate. She said:
The skirt is made of two pieces, the pleated skirt in fully embroidered red velvet and the mantua (over skirt) in crisp gold fabric lined in red velvet. The skirt is supported by hip pads and a corded linen petticoat, and to avoid excessive weight of the mantua I only lined the front panels (and also saved fabric!). I hand beaded the red lining with gold and tone-sur-tone glass beads, and I also fully hand beaded the mantua to resemble the tails of a phoenix. It was a long work. There are some 200 synthetic beads involved and some 100 glass ones that had to be sewn on one by one and it was rather tiring…but I like the result!
I painted the synthetic beads one by one with different hues of red nail polish both to save money (crystal ones are super cheap compared to colored ones) and to get a bit of mixed colours like in a real fire.
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