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Rococo Harley Quinn
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My intention was to make a dress that Harley Quinn could wear if she were an 18th-century aristocrat. Female villains aren't often represented as feminine and glamorous, so I wanted to take Harley Quinn's iconic red and black bodysuit from the Batman graphic novels and reimagine it as a robe a la francaise. The gown, along with the undergarments, was my first ever sewing project, and I wanted to include Harley's iconic color scheme in both the stays and the gown. The harlequin pattern on the petticoat is a nod to both Harley Quinn and the 18th century Harlequina- the female counterpart of the 'comedie de l'arte''s harlequin.
Outline the construction…
As seen on the video, I first made the undergarments which consisted of a linen shift, stays in linen made with zip ties using the American Duchess 8162 pattern, and pocket hoops that I drafted myself. The gown is based on the American Duchess 8578 pattern, that I adjusted to alternate the colors between red and black. I combined some period-accurate techniques, such as pinning the gown onto myself, with the modern pattern instructions, such as bag-lining instead of flat-lining. The gown, as well as the stays, were constructed using the sewing machine, while the details, such as the binding or the lace cuffs, were finished by hand. It was a challenging and a time-consuming process, especially since it was my first ever sewing project, however I jumped into the rabbit hole of historical costuming and I learned so much about the craft.