The dress is based around a medieval costume
pattern (Butterick 4827 - Medieval Princess Gown) with some modifications,
such as the addition of the girdle and decorated neckline, the
addition of godets in the skirt, the shoulder drapes and the overlay.
The dress is made from Duchess satin with a glitter tulle overlay
in black. There is a shaped hem to the skirt so that it has a
slight train. The godets in the skirt do not have an overlay and
are plain orange duchess satin.
The shoulder drapes are made from a
metallic mesh with an embossed spider's web pattern on it. The fabric
appears black, but shimmers gold and blue depending on how the light
The neckline of the dress is around 4"
wide with the lower edge dipping to a point at the centre front.
The neckline is interfaced copper coloured liquid lame backed with
red felt. It is decorated with a wavy pattern of red tissue lame
which is bondawebbed in place and then the edges are embroidered
with metallic gold thread. Where the wavy lines cross, hand crocheted
gold lace stars are hot-glued in place. Each of these small stars
has a small pearl bead sewn into the centre (the picture above was
taken before these were added to the centre back stars). Where there
are loops in the red lame pattern, an oblong emerald embroidery
stone has been added. The centre front of the neckline has a larger
lace crochet star. This star has five tear shaped peridot embroidery
stones set at the points of the star in addition to the central
pearl. The neckline is edged at the top with gold lurex trim with
a multicoloured central band to give the illusion of more jewels.
The lower edge carries a row of gold looped trim and a row of strung
The girdle is contructed in the same way
as the neckline. The pattern of red tissue lame, however, takes
on a more "flame like" or barbed appearance in the streamer
at the front, inspired by the pattern on Tallulah's silk chiffon
dress from "Turn on to T. Bag". The picture above shows
the part nearest the bottom of the streamer. The upper part of the
streamer and the waistband are decorated with small lace stars.
The lower part of the streamer, however, is decorated with larger
lace stars. These stars (as the picture shows) have a blue topaz
jewel in the centre with pearl droplets mounted in the points of
the star. The bottom edge of the streamer carries 3 free-dangling
The centre of the waistband
carries the largest lace star. This large and intricate star (made
from 4 concentric stars with various decorative turns and tricks
in crochet) is adorned with 5 teardrop peridot jewels and 5 teardrop
pearls. In the centre of the star is mounted a large Swarovski crystal,
which is supposed to represent a Sunstone of Montezuma.