|A felt dress. Not the best idea.|
I used the Anda dress pattern from Burdastyle. It looks like a shack using regular fabric, it was even more shack-like when made with plush felt. I've made the Anda dress before. I should have left it alone. Good thing that I already purchased Simplicity 4015 and had cut view A out of some satin that my sister had given me.
Here's what I ended up with (which turned out great in my opinion):
I used the bodice and made myself a dirndl skirt. The skirt included with the pattern was insanely too short. I'm 5'8" and the original skirt barely covered my ass. Beware that the bodice on this pattern has about four inches of ease. I would recommend going by the finished measurements to get a good fit or you may end up swimming in it.
I avoided finishing any seams and I barely ironed it. I started this dress around 1 pm yesterday and my costume was complete by 6 pm. The bodice is lined with cheap poly/cotton broadcloth. I used a regular zipper instead of my usual invisible zipper. Invisible zippers are easier. I used satin quilt binding for the hem. My arm cuffs and boot covers (I used this tutorial for the boots) were made with plush felt.
The wig I purchased from ebay, smelled like bug spray. It was also completely unflattering to my face shape. I had a blue wig in storage (it was my sister's back in high school), so I cut off the horn and ears and hot glued them to the blue wig.
For my tail (of which I don't have a photo), I used four marabou feather boas purchased from Hancock Fabrics.
Although I had lot of fun wearing my costume, I hated making it. For me, it seems like a waste of time to make something that I will only wear once. I feel like it takes time away from more important projects. Oh well. I shouldn't complain as my efforts did pay off in the end. I'm just glad Halloween is only once a year.