After being more than a little stressed about it I had an idea about how to get started with the Victorian themed window, so I headed to the charity shop this morning to do the groundwork. The volunteer working today was someone I know has been involved with big windows like this before, so we had a chat about it and she offered to loan me a dress she made for a do she attended a few years ago. What a relief, that's the big show stopper we needed.
My middle of the night idea for the other models (we're having three) was to use the large rolls of fabric we have for sale at the moment to fashion a skirt and use some other things I knew were in the shop plus some things I had a home to create a full outfit.
The only slight negative about the day was when a manager visiting from another shop made a comment that I shouldn't be hacking all the stock to pieces just for a window. I politely pointed out to her that all items were bought and paid for and I had, in fact, owned them for quite some months. Thankfully my manager stepped in and commented that we are very committed to our roles and often go above and beyond, which was very nice of him.
The two outfits I put together are hiding in the back room until Wednesday when they will be fluffed and primped properly, these pictures are a sneak peak of a very rough cut. Without further ado -
The choker is a place holder until I can hopefully find something else. The jacket I think looks great and was for sale in the shop. The blouse is actually a part of the top I've chopped up to use as part of my doodle.
You can just make out the lace and beading, the collar of the "blouse" is actually one of the sleeves pulled over and pinned in place. Outfit two -
The beaded collar is made from a broken necklace of mine with a pendant and earrings added as embellishments.
The blouse is a modern one with a ruffle front, covered with a capelet I made from a skirt off the 99p rail (not visible) and finished off with a faux fur stole.
By no means authentic, I don't think it's too bad for a couple of hours in a freezing cold shop!