Costume :Anneleise
Variant :Pink Dress
Source :Barbie Princess and the Pauper
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Arise Lady Erika

And she serves them on a silver tray

Before getting married next week...


There's somewhere else we'd rather be

My Big Gypsy Wedding

Play Time

With Barbie

Princess for a Day

I'll be free!

With theDoll

Full body reference


Costume Information

Cost : £200
Awards : My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Award Minamicon 18, 2nd place at LFCC July '12

Bexi wanted to do Erika and the film's not half bad so I said I'd do Anneleise.

Not quite as expensive as my red Alice dress but there was definitely some deja vu. Same corset base pattern for a start though I'd say this had a lot more bodice work. I was really worried that the criss cross on top of the floral pattern, plus the rick rack and central panel, that the bodice would end up looking overworked but I think it's balanced out well.

Whereas with Alice it was the trims and details that racked up the costs I think the fabric for Anneleise has cost too, especially the pink, £7 a metre! Keep in mind this was tappestry brocade and only 29.5" wide. I didn't notice the width when I bought and thought 2m would be more than sufficient, it was just enough. And when I saw just, I mean I had to fold the fabric three different ways to get all the pieces in the right orientation.

The criss crossing with the white ribbon (just under 20m in total) was tedious and difficult to convince around the curves but I think it's worked reasonably well. The embroidery on the central panel came that way and is layered over duchess satin. I have another project I'm going to use this same embroidered organza for (yet more corsets, huzzah).

The ric rac effect was made using straight ribbon that was convinced into curving as I couldn't find anything with the right width and depth of curve. The gold diamonte was glued to the edge of the organza ruffle trims and box pleated. Zip was hand stitched into place, as was the bias on one side.

The skirt is three circle skirts for which I became the world's largest protractor. With a radius of 3 metres! These skirts are massive. But they had to be to fit over the cupcake hoop skirt of doom. Think I may have gone a bit overboard for the 6 hoops >>;; A sparkling net to match Erika over a gold grid organza over blush pink taffeta for the skirt. Serge stitch hemmed because there was no way I was hemming that much skirt...noooo way.

Choker was made of bits and pieces left over, some chain from Bexi and some adorable wire hearts I found on ebay.

For the wig I really can't tell what's meant to be going on at the back of her hair, only that some of her hair is up so I got a flower to hold the hair in place and fit with the theme of the dress.

I feel like it needs something at the back because the front is so gorgeous but there isn't anything.

Will be wearing this at October Expo where I shall have a cloak made by Bexi (apparently they have to match and I'm not allowed to touch so yeah, cloak will be all her work).

I did see a gorgeous pair of baby pink with gold highlight shoes on ebay but I lost them so I'll wear my nude heals with this costume until such a time as I get better ones.


Really loving this so far

by No thanks on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 01:54
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Eee you two are going to look so wonderful! ^^ Keep up the brilliant work.

by TheEmoEmu on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 08:41
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Looking so beautiful so far; keep it up =]

by Kacela on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 16:07
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The bodice is gorgeous!! I'm so impressed with all that criss crossing and I love your choice of fabrics!! so excited to c u and Bexi do this :3

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 13 March, 2012 - 17:44
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Love the way you have done so much detail on the bodice, looks amazing so far! Can't wait for finished product ^^

by minato_haruna on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 11:03
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This is so pretty, I love all the detailing. will be watching to see how it all turns out :)

by otakugirl on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 14:59
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This looks gorgeous, you're going to look so pretty!

by DarkerLink on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 19:40
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This is looking beautifull!

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 14 March, 2012 - 20:15
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Love this! <3

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 20 March, 2012 - 17:58
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Even though I didn't see this in person, you look gorgeous! 8D absolutely fantastic work :) x

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 13:26
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you did so well! Its so cute on you!!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 16:23
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So so prettyyyyyyyyyy <3
Very well done, you look stunning!

by TheStarlightFairy on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 23:32
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This is so pretty! You look lovely :)

by JustPeachy on Friday, 23 March, 2012 - 15:03
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Very pretty. It really does look ust like a barbie dress.

by j_mercuryuk on Tuesday, 10 July, 2012 - 09:59
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I absolutely adore this dress. The skirt looks exactly like a Barbie doll's skirt! Perfect fabric and everything. Such a unique idea, I really love it!

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 14 July, 2012 - 15:17
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You know how much I love this dearie, the dress is absolutely breathtaking, the little girl in me is demanding one LMAO

by Freyarule on Saturday, 14 July, 2012 - 15:42