|Around 300-400 plastic and handcut silk maple leaves went into this project.|
A few months ago I was contacted by a young woman about making a pageant costume. She was going to be representing Canada in an international beauty pageant in the Dominican Republic and needed a costume for the talent portion of the show. She asked me to create a maple-leaf themed costume with a headpiece. The costume counted for 30% of her score so she wanted it to be really over-the-top fabulous.
|Cutting the skirt, marking darts.|
|Making the base of the costume.|
|Adding eyelets for a corset style back. (Snaps on the right side)|
|Making spaghetti strap to case the wire.|
|Finished base of the costume with wire "whirlwind"|
|Stitching leaves to the bodice.|
|And the skirt.|
|Finished skirt outside and inside to show stitching.|
|Headpiece made with wire.|
|Finished costume. Copyright Rosie Rose 2014.|
|Closeup to show detail of leaves.|
|Here's the lovely Jennifer Perrin wearing the costume on stage|
in the Miss Beauty International Pageant in Santo Domingo.