This was put together very quickly for an upcoming Con, so I didn't get any pictures in progress.
Except for a few before the buttons were sewn on:
The jacket/bodice is (of course) red velvet. The skirt is made from a thrift store white cotton sheet. I draped all of this myself, without using a commercial pattern.
There's a surprise in the back...are you ready?
I also call this one the "birdcage dress" because of the bustle.
The bustle is made of basket-weaving reed (basically super-flexible wood) that has been spray painted gold. You can't really see in the pic, but it's also glittery! It's held in shape by gold ribbon.
And then there's a bird. A glittery red peacock-ish bird that I bought in an after-Christmas sale.
After I sewed the buttons on, it looked like this:
And then I made a hat/fascinator, using another item I bought in the after-Christmas sale:
I'm taking this to Costume Con with me in May, so look for me-inside-it pictures coming soon!