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Coolest Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume 5

by Lindsay F.
(Birmingham, AL)

Homemade Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume

Homemade Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume

Homemade Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume
Homemade Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume
Homemade Satine from Moulin Rouge Costume

I've been wanting to create Satine's "Black Diamond" costume from Moulign Rouge for a few years, but hadn't had the time or the ability to do so. I was so excited this year when I knew I'd be able to do it. I don't have much experience with sewing, but I've been blessed with a very crafty brain, a lot of patience, and the ability to figure stuff like this out and make it work so I gave it a shot! Though it isn't the most original costume, my goal was to mimic the look from the movie as closely as possible (on a budget of course) and I'm so happy with the end product!

The base of the costume is a "smoother" type undergarment that I found at Ross for $12. It had a bra style top and the rest fit like a leotard. I bought the sequin look silver fabric for about $2.50/yard and the crushed velvet for $4/yard, these both came from Joanne. I finally found silver fringe at Hobby Lobby at $4.50/yard, and a 5 yard spool of sequin "ribbon" for $2. I also used some silver puff paint and glitter that I already had at home. Since the costume doesn't use much fabric, all of the materials only cost me about $30.

I made my tails first, they were the only part of the outfit that I used a sewing machine on. I used the sequin fabric for the front of these, the backing was velvet as well as the trim. Then I added the fringe in layers. It was originally looped, so I cut them to give a more accurate effect. Lastly, I used the paint, glitter, and sequin ribbon for the designs on the edges.

Next I started the bodice. I began with the bra top, which was the easiest part. It was very low cut, so I used some black fabric I had to create the right neckline. Then I covered that with the silver sequin fabric. Because I don't have a bust form or anything like that, I had to sew the rest by hand while I was wearing it. Since the material of the leotard was elasticy, had I covered it while it wasn't stretched, it wouldn't have fit correctly. I sewed the fabric on in panels, which gave it a better "corset" look and more wiggle room for me while I was taking it on and off. To sew the seam in the back, I stuffed it with a pillow. I left about an inch and a half of the fabric free at the bottom, which allowed me to attach the tails and fringe underneath it and then tuck the remaining material under and make a finished seam.

The fringe in the front is the same as the rest. But, instead of cutting the loops in the middle, I snipped each at the top to make them longer. I layered two pieces like this so it was thick enough, and for a little extra coverage I used a third shorter bit in the middle. There is a strip of fringe in the back as well, between the tails.

I cut the lapels out of velvet, and trimmed them with the sequins. They were simple to attach. I added the stars and rest of the design after so I could make sure they were in the right place. The straps were the only part of the outfit that didn't hold up will. Again, I used the sequin ribbon, but could only attach it at the ends because of the stretch. So, they didn't fit quite right.

To finish it all off, I bought a top hat and gloves at a Halloween store for $15. Neither of these were quite right and needed a bit of work. The hat was very large, so I cut a sponge in half and taped a piece to the inside on the front and back, so I could get it to sit on top of my head. The sequins were added as well. Since the gloves weren't long enough, I used some velvet to lengthen them. Doing that also made them more comfortable and prevented them from falling down as much. The fishnets were from Wal Mart and cost $5. The heels and earrings were mine.

Total spent: $62

I hope everyone loves it, and that my description might help someone else create a dream costume! Happy Halloween!

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Diamonds are a girl's best friend!
by: Anonymous

I loved the costumes in Moulin Rouge, and you pulled this off wonderfully. I always loved the Black Diamonds in MR.
by: HArley Quinn

o.o so...commission?

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