Tour of the Costume Box: Poor Cinderella

October 24, 2011

Halloween Countdown: 7 days

Time and again I’ve noticed little girls’ dramatic obsessions with beggar girls; with ragged, shivering orphans; with ill-used maids-of-all-work.

Authors come by it honestly, I guess.

Feeling the need to allow my nieces to allow themselves to feel wretched and abused, I made this:

Two layers of gauze, attached to an overskirt with an asymmetrically bias-dagged hemline.  First I bleached cheesecloth (it was red-orange) just the way you’re not supposed to do, in order to achieve the mottled, faded results that would usually mean you had ruined your laundry.  The gauze was left pretty ragged by this treatment, but I helped it along to achieve truly Cinderella-y tatters.

To be worn with the eBay-purchased peasant top on the left or, for the purist, sackcloth and ashes.

It’s no good going to the ball if you don’t get to suffer for it first!


3 Responses to “Tour of the Costume Box: Poor Cinderella”

  1. […] Cinderella!  Her footmen are lizards again, and her beautiful ball gown is turned all to rags! This is a […]

  2. zibilee Says:

    Very authentic looking, I think. I really like this piece!

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