black tie

OOTD: Black Tie Ballerina

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a black tie gala dinner for my professional industry.  It was the perfect opportunity to put together a formal vintage inspired outfit - since formal events are fewer and farther between.

Earlier in the spring I picked up a tulle skirt pattern, knowing that I was going to want to make my own tulle skirt.  I also found 25 yards of a purple-grey tulle at a fabric warehouse sale.  The skirt pattern was the Simplicity 1427 pattern and I used pattern C for this particular skirt.

The pattern calls for 15 yards of tulle (roughly depending on size), so I was thrilled to have found the tulle on sale. 

After I made the skirt, which was a labor of love, I brainstormed a few options for a top.  My first thought was to use the extra tulle I had left to build out a top that I could pair with it that would be reminiscent of a 1950's tulle prom dress.  The top I put together looked okay, but it left a lot to be desired.  For one, it was A LOT of grey tulle and secondly, it really didn't do anything for my figure.  So I scraped the top and went with my backup option - my satin corset from Orchard Corset and a simple lace tank top.  

This corset is a long line underbust corset from Orchard Corset.  It was my first purchase from them and I LOVE it.  I've worn it for shoots and out to events and I'm still finding new ways to mix it into my wardrobe.  Orchard Corset has great resources if you are interested in corset wearing or waist training and they have a fantastic FAQ page for all those questions you may have before buying your first corset.

I felt like the black swan version of a ballerina!

Luckily, I happen to recently become the owner of this gorgeous '50s hat with purple satin flowers on it.  It was a headband style hat and it worked PERFECTLY with my skirt to bring out the purple tones and to bring some vintage style to the whole look.

Tank: Express (old), corset:  Orchard Corset #345 , Skirt: homemade, shoes: Nordstrom BP brand (old)

Tank: Express (old), corset: Orchard Corset #345, Skirt: homemade, shoes: Nordstrom BP brand (old)

Here's a close up of the flowers on the hat.

I was so thrilled with my outfit - considering it was thrown together at the last minute.  It was a great reminder that sometimes vintage style can be stressful, but totally worth it!