My design drew on medieval/Germanic/Austrian influences, and was heavily inspired by the lovely Claire Hummel's historical Snow White.
You should really check her stuff out HERE. It's phenomenal.
I tried pretty hard to maintain the original shape and silhouette of the movie dress. My first real challenge was coming up with a color palette that looked right but didn't look like this:
I felt strongly that the yellow of the skirt was often exaggerated in costumes, and there was no way in hell I was going to wear fire engine red.
|Just try and find that yellow. Just try.|
My first stroke of luck was a necklace and pair of earrings I found at my local Value Village:
|Just what I needed for a cream and red color scheme!|
I splurged on the bodice fabric, buying more of my favorite upholstery fabric pattern (previously seen in my Ty Lee cosplay) in dark blue this time.
|Look! It's got yellow AND red in it!|
Luckily, I had some fantastic scores at thrift shops, snatching up a cream tablecloth with a sweet lattice pattern and a table runner in a deep red with cream and gold embroidery. YUS. Sleeves, and skirt -- check!
I whipped up the bodice in a day or so...
|Lace, ribbons, and gold trim for the win!|
...and made a basic circle skirt out of my table cloth. It's a good thing I'm short, or it never would have worked.
As it was, I still had to inset my contrasting fabric in order to make it long enough. The petticoat I made from the skirt of a $4 thrift wedding dress.
(The batting in the table runner made the sleeves REALLY poofy, just the way I wanted).
While the other girls got to use their natural hair, I'm a ginger, so it was a wig for me.
|Needs darker eyebrows!|
Because I was on a time crunch, I wasn't able to put as much detail into my dress. But... I kept adding more trim as the days of Comicon went by. I bought a brooch from a vendor and added red beaded trim, which in my head was a reference to the three drops of blood, but hey, I'm old fashioned with my fairy tales. :D
By the end, it looked like this:
As a finishing touch, I bought us all matching shoes.