Sunday, 5 August 2012

Concours d'elegance

Well I didn't want to keep you guessing for long! I was making a concours d'elegance costume for a friends daughter. I would be the first to say that I do not really work in 3D nor dress make but I was really happy with how it turned out.

This is Archie who was going to be ridden for the first time in this competition. Archie is a bit of a pro though as he has won lots of rosettes when ridden by Jake (Bryony's brother)
The pink fabric became a skirt, the table became a "pretend horse" when I checked for measurements.
Nothing like the real thing though. Archie was very patient as we tried on the skirt as it had to fit under Bryony's feet and over his tail. On this picture I hadn't sewn on the grey trim. The grey and pink were chosen to match a riding hat.
This is the completed costume. There is grey trim along the edge of the skirt and some lead curtain weights just to make sure that it didn't blow up and spook a pony.
She is wearing a grey military style jacket which was "doctored" I added grey trim along the collar and at the cuffs and neck a blouse was cut up for extra ruffs. To top it off she had a pink cravat made from the skirt fabric and wore my cream leather driving gloves . She  looked very elegant.
I even managed to teach her mum, and my friend Fliss how to make a corsage. I made one for Bryony's hair and Fliss is making one to be attached to Archie's bridle.

This is Bryony at the show today. She came 5th in her first ridden show.


  1. I never thought of the rider when guessing! Congratulations Bryony, well done!

  2. what talents, you never cease to amaze me

  3. Well done Angela, Bryony looked fabulous and well done to Bryony too (not forgetting Archie).

  4. WOW...beautiful...well done to all of youxxlynda

  5. that's a fab outfit, well done
    And well done to Bryony too

  6. Great outfit. I once showed horses and we had one dress up class but it was always last minute hats or bows for the teams. Great to see she got a ribbon.

  7. i need to make one of these costumes can i just ask you was the skirt sewn up the front or was it slit so far up


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