Monday, April 4, 2011

Louisiana–it’s official, I really *AM* going! (And other Louisiana/costuming-related ponderings)

As of my original posting about the NOLA trip, there was still a slight chance that I wasn’t going to be able to go (what with taxes and whatnot still not settled.)  But the word as of 30 minutes ago is “It’s a go!”

What this is all bringing me to is the fact that I’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of my beloved, deliciously campy, silly and over-the-top “True Blood”.  (For those who don’t know, it’s a show set in Louisiana, in an alternate reality where people know about vampires, and where werewolves, witches, shape-shifters etc. are real – real & really dangerous!)

At the end of last season, Sophie-Anne, the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, wears the most incredible black satin gown.  (Sophie-Anne and Pam tie for the most drool-worthy wardrobes.  Sookie is just too sweet with what she wears; I just can’t bring myself to drool over her clothes!) 


I still want to see if I can make one of my very own for CoCo – I’m dying (haha) to make this dress!  My good friend (and fellow True Blood devotee) has been scouring the internet for appropriate vintage patterns, and (I believe) has purchased a pattern.  I need to step it up and find one too!

Right now, there are three patterns in the running:

Simplicity 2927

 McCall's 9130

Butterick 6304


I’ve not found any pattern that will be perfect as-is, but are all great starting places.

The original dress is quite obviously satin, but I’m going to try to make it completely from my stash and use up some of my silk taffeta.  There aren’t any pictures online that I can find, but the dress is lined in a blood-red satin, as shown in the video below.

Sophie-Anne ‘mourning dress’.

p.s.  Isn’t her hat just adorable?  I seriously love it!


  1. ummm yeah. *raises hand* True Blood fan here also.

    So, if you make that dress, you will have a pattern laying around in kinda my size, right? Cuz yeah, I need that dress also someday.

    If you are in the market for custom fit fangs, I used these and they were awesome:

    The just cap your eye teeth. See also:

    Hope this helps!
    No-L (2)

  2. Oh yes I have achieved and accomplished aquisition of pattern(s). In fact they are quietly sitting on top of my stash, beconing me to start work on them. I just may have to do a dry run on some white muslin. If I manage to get a pattern together I will glady pass it along if you want. *GRIN*

    I want to hurry-up and make this dress like last week. *lol*

    P.S. - I serisouly <3<3<3 this dress. Too bad Dixie chewed-up my cute little black headband I bought at CoC last year. :-(

  3. Oh this is another pattern that is rockin' it, sans the collar. To bad the price is so outrageous.