The “Mrs. Simpson” Dress
Total Cost: ~$17
Ok, so I'll admit that as far as costumes go, this one's going to be a bit too obscure for most folks come trick-or-treating.
"Hey, who are you supposed to be?"
"I'm Wallis Simpson — particularly Wallis Simpson in Miami."
Even though I love Halloween, I haven't really dressed up since my daughter was born. So much about Halloween has become about making Pen's costume and her night of trick-or-treating. Maybe if I actually went to adult parties, I'd want to dress up. Probably not. I wear enough "costumes" in every day life and don't need a specific night of the year to pretend I'm someone else.
I had a few ideas for more costumey and elaborate costumes this year but, unfortunately, life got in the way of creating any of those looks. By the time it was Saturday (yesterday), I had decided to make a simple Wallis Simpson-inspired dress to go with some Mrs. Simpson styling. I've had Wallis Simpson on my mind ever since I watched* Any Human Heart a couple weeks ago.
While my original plan was to make a dress very similar to her wedding gown, I ended up creating a look based on this blue suit she wore in Miami in 1941.
My suit in question is actually a dress from Simplicity 2650. This SUPER EASY dress consists of only five pattern pieces — bodice front and back, skirt front and back and neck facing. Since I omitted the belt and the bow, I cut even more time off of the construction. In total, it took about 2 hours for me to start and finish the dress. The only issue was that it was a bit too long. It turned out to be a good problem to have since I was able to fold over the dress at the hips in order to mimic a two-piece outfit. Oh and yes, there's no zipper.
As far as the photo shoot went, it was nice to depart from my usual smile/pose. To achieve my Wallis look, I need only think that:
- I smell a foul scent
- I'm silently judging you
- Why yes, my husband *did* give up the crown for me!
- There's a little crazy behind these eyes
*By watched, I mean "cried all through the second and third parts, became completely depressed about life and forced myself to turn it off with one episode left." However, I loved Gillian Anderson's styling as Wallis Simpson.