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SLEEPY HOLLOW DRESS ENTRY by sadwonderland SLEEPY HOLLOW DRESS ENTRY by sadwonderland
This is my entry for the Halloween Costume Contest on Deviant Art. I've wanted to make this costume for some time, so when the contest was announced, I decided to make it!

This is the very last costume you see for Katrina Van Tassel in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow film. It's my favorite of her costumes, even though it only gets about 30 seconds of screen time. A lot of work went into this costume because I wanted it to be made exactly the way the movie original was made. So I did a ton of research online to find out how this obscure dress was constructed, and here's what I came up with:

To start with, I kept a costuming journal for this dress, so if you want to read about the entire process with additional pictures, go here: [link] It's not very long and it says most of the things mentioned here, but with greater detail. That link also contains all the other pictures of my costume, along with the reference photos of the original.

The dress itself is deceptively simple. The hardest part was obtaining the correct fabric, which I bought from the UK and had shipped over. I didn't have a good pattern for this dress so I had to draft most of the pieces myself. The dress itself has no opening in the back and apparently none in the front, which means that the stomacher is false and attaches to the bodice, underneath of which is the actual opening. I made my opening with two rows of grommets for a laceup, since I didn't know how the original was secured. The triangular front pieces on the bodice tie together at the neckline, which I also copied.

The dress is in two parts...the top and underskirt. The top consists of the bodice and bustle. Since there was no opening in the back, the back bodice piece and the bustle had to be cut from one continuous piece, then small pleats put in in-between each stripe in the back to make the piece narrow in at the waist, and then out again for the bustle. These pleats had to be hand-pinned BEFORE cutting, then the piece was cut entirely and the pleats were stitched in. That was probably the most annoying part of the outfit. :P

The dress has three separate rows of trims going round the neck and down to the bustle (a tulle trim, a white ruffle and black velvet), and a fourth black leaf lace trim just around the neck. In the additional pictures, I DO have the black leaf lace going all the way round my neck as well, but it didn't show up in pictures near the bottom because it got tucked in accidentally when I put the dress on (whoops!) Anyhow, I hand-ruffled the three other trims on the rest of the dress.

The underskirt has a drawstring waist reinforced with grommets, two layers of ruffles in the front and one large ruffle in the back. The ruffles had to be pleated in between every other black stripe so that the stripes on the skirt would flow naturally down into the ruffle without a break in the stripe. This same technique was used when attaching the sides of the bustle to the sides of the bodice.

The false stomacher attaches to the front of the dress by a series of hooks and eyes. I had to make two because the first didn't have that same very sharp, very narrow point that the original dress has.

The entire costume is lined with cream colored satin and completely serged.

I also made all the undergarments for this costume...corset, camisole and drawers, and a set of tulle panniers to give the skirt body. Pictures of those are in the dress journal.

The black boots are imitation victorian boots that I bought at JoMar's. :)

The necklace (not shown, but pictured in the journal) was very hard to find reference for, but once I got it I was able to make a duplicate of Sculpey. It's very small and fragile, which is why it wasn't taken along in this photoshoot :0)

My hair I had bleached to the correct color, then bought two sets of extensions to give it more body. The hair bow is made from three separate kinds of ribbon, like the original.

All in all I had tons of fun making this costume and wearing it on my birthday XD it's definitely my new favorite costume!

Again, reference and better pictures are here: [link]
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DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Fwhaaa<3 Do you have any pictures of the back? The links don't work anymore. xD It's so pretty~!
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StrawberryBat Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This dress is absolutly beautiful X3
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LBananaPancakes Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What that's awesome ! What a great work :D
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OrgelFantasia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
so lovely
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catfreak312 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make an awsome Katrina Van Tassel
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midsummermuse Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Lovely--I wanted this dress from the movie too! :-)
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PsychedelicDaze9 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
This is amazing and the fabric is perrrrfect. You should sell these. I would totally buy one! :)
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
If I were better at sewing I'd make Katrina's gold riding dress, even if it wa just to take picutre of me riding a horse in a dress
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larienne Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You really look like her : D awesome costume <3
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Emjean Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Wow this dress is fantastic! where did you find this amazing fabric? I've always really wanted to attempt to make this or any of the other dresses from sleepy hollow, but never have.

and wow I need to hit up jomars!
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XxItsxAllxOverxX Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009
the tim burton sleepy hollow is amazing! i love it!
and i love this dress! crap!! <3
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GiantPanda Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It really complements her curves.
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sfmdraw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
This is beautiful! I just read your entire journal on how you made it and laughed. When I first saw this picture, I was like, "I wonder if she used the Costumers Guide site... ?" And now I see that you did!

Aren't Colleen Atwood's costumes just stunning?
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
They ARE! And I love love LOVE that site too, it's got the best reference for everything!!
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sfmdraw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I know!!! Gah, you're the first person I've talked to who even knows about it. :boogie:
The site, I noticed, points out how much Colleen Atwood uses diamonds in her costumes, here: [link]
It mentions Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Also, take a look at this: [link]
Although the costume designer for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland hasn't been announced, it looks like Colleen Atwood. The coat is similar to Violet Baudelaire's, and the skirt (look! another diamond pattern!) is kinda knotted, similar to the stepmother's in Sleepy Hollow.

Sorry I went on so long! ^.^
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sadwonderland Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I saw those a little while ago, thinking of making it...although Alice's skirt isn't knotted, it's lined with lots of rickrack :) But it IS kind of similar to the stepmother's, which is another one I've wanted to make!!
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sfmdraw Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Ooo, good luck making that one! That seems a bit hard. WOULD it be hard?

I'm looking the the part of the site that shows where costumes were reused, and I can't believe I didn't see some of them before!
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MadeBroken626 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008   Photographer
That's so awesome! Great job!
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IkaraNoshima Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
OMG, love! *heart*
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lilywish Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Amazingly accurate!
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Susan-Stohelit Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
looks beautiful
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TrishaLaCherie Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008  Student General Artist
WOW!!!! :o
Sooo beautiful!

That was my favorite dress from the movie, too!
Hey do you make dresses to sell?
If you do, I want one just like this one! :D
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bluerosetayu Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
I think the link to your journal is broken because whenever I click on it, I keep ending up on that empty foundation wasteland that replaces websites. >.< On the other hand, your gown is incredible!
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naughtyarwen Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
ah this was my favorite dress in the film as well, i always thought it should have had more airtime!
when I'm big famous and rich can I hire you as my dressmaker??? pretty please!
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ejdepplove Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
Oooooh! Pretty! Very nice work!
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xxpinkforyouxx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008
are you an actress you look like your from a movie (sorry if that sounded weird) But the dress is spectacular!
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violetbeefstick Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Tim Burton loves stripes, doesnt he?
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:iconregndropparfallerner:
wow, it's really beautiful! good job ^^
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:iconmasterofdorkness:
masterofdorkness Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
Beautiful dress, nice work :)
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:iconomniavanitus:
OmniaVanitus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007
Sleepy Hollow is one of my all time fav movies and this dress is to die for. You did an awesome job with it.
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HorrorDreams Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2007
love that dress!!
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:iconmishapen-moon:
Mishapen-Moon Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2007
Wow that dress is amazing! Excellent job :clap:
The dress should have gotten way more screen time!
I love your dress :love:!
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Sigilien Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Wow I wish I could do that. It is a really wonderful dress and your replica turned out very cool!
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:iconseystudios:
seystudios Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007  Professional
ooo... I love it. Gorgeous
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Abyssaria Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2007  Student
omg I can't believe this... I absolutely LOVE sleepy hollow, especially Katrina, especially her in this dress... the stripes are sooo cool :giggle:
brilliant!
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misoka25 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
your so awesome!!!!
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:iconanimeluver2006:
Animeluver2006 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
IT LOOKS SO AWESOME!! It actually looks like the real deal.
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MADmoiselleMeli Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
looks fantastic :heart:
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RammKitty Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
that is amazing :heart:
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SpiralHumanity Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
Wow! That's so good! My second favourite movie of all time. You have done a stella job on this dress. The detail is exact to the dress from the movie. Awsome job!
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Dragdusa Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2006
G-L-A-M-O-U-R-OUSH your way of pose costume and background looks exactly what you draw for Bizenghast ets beauteyfullh
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pandafoot Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
Wow! amazing costume, you have a -lot- more patience than the rest of us! :D
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yuyufreak72 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it! I remember that from the Comic con in Phoenix! You wore it on the second day. You looked lovely in it, by the way.
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NotFanny Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
I am so, so, so freakin impressed. So very impressed. I can't believe you made a dress as fantastic as that with so little reference pictures. You should be proud. Really proud.
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KatamariMiracle Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
I already commented on this in the journal, but it's STILL one of the best costumes I've ever seen...
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AdokenaiHitomi13 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006   Traditional Artist
wow, that's one of the most beautiful, accurate versions of it I've ever seen! you're so talented, I hate you. D:
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mangaandanimefan Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
very nice dress but whats that shadow thing in the back looks mysterious O__o
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Amritsar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006
Marty, you are amazing. That is awesome. And the amount of work you put in is insane. That came out beautiful though. And congratulations on winning!
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Mo8 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2006  Student Digital Artist
The stripes make mah head all trippy, but I likes it anyways.
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no-winged-angel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2006  Student
if i rember correctly you wor the the seccond day of phoenix comic con i still think its beautiful
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