Additionally, this is perhaps the only Gaga-inspired costume that I wouldn't feel too shy to wear in public. Paired with a nude slip and the anonymity of the face mask, I feel pretty comfortable strutting around in public.
another special thanks to culturespy, carleyy and frenzy for photography, modeling and assistance.
Step 1: Inspiration
One thing I did change was to wear a flesh-colored slip underneath. Much more modest and less revealing than the original!
Step 2: Materials
Get you some red lace! 4 yards should be plenty to get the job done and allow for some do-overs.
Red poster board for the hat
Some way to adhere the lace to the poster board - I prefer spray adhesive
Also, of course, scissors, pins, thread, and a sewing machine or serger.
Step 3: Draping
I found the approximate middle of the yardage, and wrapped it around her body, front-to-back. I placed the fabric so that one edge of it would land where I wanted the hem to be - above the knee. I kept the whole width of the fabric in tact, as the top part (which will bunch up around the neck) will become the cowl/collar that comes up over the face.
Next I pinned where I wanted the center back to be. The skirt trails off into something like a train in the back. It was easy to see how this should go once it was on a body.
After pinning the shape, I removed it from Carley and used a ruler to straighten the lines. You can see the final shape below.
Since I was using a stretch lace, I knew it wouldn't fray. I started by just sewing the edges together and cutting away the excess, but I later decided to serge the seams together instead. There's no real benefit to this.
Step 4: Sleeves
First, place the garment back on the body and mark where the sleeves would go.
Pin out the sides around the arm. This line will get stitched together whether you decide to put in a full sleeve or use the channel-method cheat.
Mark the tops of the shoulders if you plan to set in a full sleeve.
Step 5: Set in Sleeve
- Distance from the top of your shoulder to your wrist
- Distance from armpit to wrist
- Width of bicep
- Width of wrist
The second picture shows the pattern piece that I made using these measurements
Then trace it onto your fabric, and cut it out with whatever seam allowance you're comfortable with.
Step 6: Sleeve Cheat
If you just sew along the line you marked, your sleeve channel will be too narrow for your arm. To make it wearable, you'll need to add a gusset.
A gusset is a football- or diamond-shaped piece of fabric that gets set in to the armpit of the sleeve. This will allow for a greater range of movement.
Cut two diamonds - mine were 7" long and 4" wide. Then sew them in where the sleeve meets the body of the garment.
Step 7: Crown
Adhere a same-sized piece of lace to the board. I used spray glue.
Cut some jagged point in the top of the rectangle and then secure the ends together with more glue or tape.
Step 8: Go Gaga!
Now put it all together and have some fun!