I’ve always loved the imagery of Salvador Dali, and especially his collaboration with Schiaparelli in 1937 to produce the iconic lobster dress.
|It was actually Gerard Nerval who had the pet lobster, not Dali|
So here’s my 1950’s nod to Salvador and Schiaparelli!
My inspiration was the traditional felt poodle skirts with a dog on a leash like below.
|Original for sale on Etsy at THEGIRLCANTHELPIT|
I self-drafted a circle skirt out of stretch cotton sateen as I wanted a firm smooth finish that I could wear here in Australia – felt isn’t ideal. The lobster is made from red felt though, and handstitched to the skirt (I also hand stitched his eye).
The chain is gold sequin trim – yep, handstitched that down as well!
Pattern Notes: When sewing a circle skirt – make sure you let it hang for a couple of days before hemming. Parts of the skirt will be on the bias, and it will drop.
I took the skirt (also called Pinchy) on it’s first outing to the Sydney Rock and Roll Markets – and somehow managed to co-ordinate with my friend Nina perfectly.