My husband and I attend a Mardi Gras costume masquerade each year. There is always a theme, and two years ago the theme was “Moulin Rouge: Paris 1910.” So I decided that I would make myself a can-can girl costume.
The first thing that I did was surf the web for images of can-can girl outfits. Much to my dismay, most of what I found were some pretty sexed-up little costumes. I wanted something that looked a bit more authentic than that. I found a photo of a costume by another costumer that was just exactly what I was looking for. I tried to reach out to the woman who posted the photo, but have been unable to reach her, so I’m hesitant to publish the picture here. But trust me when I tell you that I pretty much copied her design – from the shoes (which I found at the thrift shop) all the way to the hair.
The basis of the costume was a two-piece burgundy brides maid dress. I kept the bustier intact, and simply tacked some lace, buttons, eyelets and lacing onto it to make it look like a lace-up bustier. I cut apart the skirt for the bridesmaid dress – both the skirt itself and the lining – and used them as the ruffles for the underside of the skirt, which is just a velvet skirt that I found thrift.
Also thrift, I found a black off-the-shoulder shirt to wear underneath the bustier, and then added accessories – the choker necklace and the fishnet hose. Overall, I’m very pleased with the look.
I also modified the skirt to be a drawstring waist, so that it could be worn by people who aren’t exactly my dress size.
Here are some pictures of the final piece:
I also took pictures of the front and back so you can see the whole garment / outfit.