The Costume Portal: Our Previous Work

NOTICE: Taking orders NOW for ALL costume needs throughout 2019.

We have had to re-compile our project gallery from scratch.. no worries, it's nearly all back again (a few items were lost with a failed HD, but we still have the projects themselves so photos will be posted as soon as possible!). If you have any questions about styles we make or construction methods, don't hesitate to ask us!

Our latest project was Giselle's Plum Ballgown from Enchanted.

Giselle Enchanted Ball Gown :: Mental XS Online Giselle Enchanted Ballgown :: Mental XS Online  Giselle Enchanted Ball Gown :: Mental XS Online


The photos shown are my exact dress and it’s absolutely stunning. I paid in easy instalments and Stella kept me regularly updated with the progress of my dress, including photos. It arrived beautifully packaged and as signed for. A very thoughtful process throughout and a very friendly person. I couldn’t believe how much the dress resembled the dress in the film. It was flawlessly made and the photos do not do it justice. Many thanks to Stella for bringing to life, something that has a personal connection for my partner and I. I will miss my regular email conversations, but appreciate all the efforts gone into making a dress that was just for me. Highly recommend, not just for this product, but for high quality, reasonably priced garments.

You can see the customer's 5 star review here.

We've just made the Elena Ruched Front Hoodie for a customer in USA! Her review is here


So I ended up at the post office today for work, and I thought I’d check if my hoodie happened to be there...and it was!

First of all, this material is so amazing. It’s so soft! And the hoodie fits perfectly, really, you did an outstanding job. You are so talented 😊

I sent a couple pics, so hopefully you can see the fit. I love it, thank you girl! I am going to have to think about what I want to buy from you next, haha 😍

Thank you so much!

Elena Ruched Front Hoodie by The Costume Portal Elena Ruched Front Hoodie by The Costume Portal Elena Ruched Front Hoodie by The Costume Portal Elena Ruched Front Hoodie by The Costume Portal Elena Ruched Front Hoodie by The Costume Portal Elena Ruched Front Hoodie

Missing images:

Daenerys Wedding Gown from Game of Thrones S1. Unwanted gift, kept it as it fit me so well.

Alice In Wonderland Disney Park Dress, I lost the pictures.

Boleyn Inspired Court Gown (half made)

Off-shoulder tartan evening gown (family project, ran out of fabric so needs design adjustment)

Armani inspired lilac satin shift dress, needs adjusting to fit me, but I'll post pics.

Gyspy skirt and top created from an indian dress I bought second hand, the top unfortunately got lost in the rubbish somehow, I'll post pictures of the skirt.

Blue suit jacket from TopShop, lining was removed (it was bright pink!), and appliques were added, which created an Edwardian vibe (and covered stain damage)

Turned several 90s tube skirts into shift dresses, including a gorgeous gold brocade velvet dress I accidentally threw out, and a black burnout floral one I still wear.

I've adjusted ladies pants, to make leggings, and taken a skirt wrap off a pair of pants for a more modern, sleeker style. I've also replaced the broken zip in a pair of ladies pants by taking half the gusset apart and putting it back together.

I'll have a dig through storage, I've got loads of clothes I wear so often I forgot I'd either sewn them from scratch or adjusted them!

Blue Velvet Skater Dress from The Costume Portal Blue Velvet Skater Dress from The Costume Portal Blue Velvet Skater Dress from The Costume Portal

A few recent projects, more adjustments than dresses made from scratch. I took the sleeves off this old 80s bag, and pulled the waist in. It now looks like a 40s style piece. I love this dress, it's incredibly warm, even with a knee length skirt. Nice pair of boots..

Lilac halterneck silk dress Lilac halter silk dress

The hem of this lilac dress shrunk in the washing machine, making the lining stick out the bottom. I turned the lining up, and I still wear it.

Blue velvet corset with black lace overlay by The Costume Portal      Gold embroidery on black braid, corset embellishment       The Costume Portal

I had a pile of bustiers lying around, and decided to decorate them. Gold thread on black braid stands out on this one.

Alice Resident Evil Clone Dress   Alice Resident Evil Clone Dress with Shorts     Lord of the Rings Arwen Requiem Dress - work in progress

This iconic dress was, obviously, Alice's outfit from Resident Evil, worn by her clones, worn with navy satin shorts. Red silk, and incredibly easy to construct. The design was based on a camisole. (Alice herself wore a mini skirt instead of shorts).

One of my proudest projects is Arwen's Requiem Gown from The Lord of The Rings, Fellowship of the Ring, when she visits Elrond to demand his vision of her future. I actually ran out of sleeve fabric, I didn't buy enough in time to wear it for an event. I made a few rookie mistakes with the embroidery, mistakenly using braid and trying to bend it into the curve of the neckline! (I still cringe as it was too bulky and is STILL waiting to be fixed). The real dress was constructed first, then organza ADDED with embroidery on LAST. This is MUCH more difficult for a novice, which is why I took time out to learn how to do it first before re-attempting! When I finally complete it, I'll post the images.

Wrap bolero and Floral Skirt by The Costume PortalSheer gown by The Costume Portal                                                            Silver satin wrap was an adjustment to a top I bought that I didn't like the style of. The skirt was my design and made from scratch. I'll get more images of this, it's full circle, with a cute green petticoat and matching waistband. Crinkle floral overskirt, so comfy to wear in the summer.
Sheer gown by The Costume Portal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I love the sheer dress. Chiffon, with a lining layer of crepe de chine, or near enough. I added a bunch of chiffon to the neckline to decorate it.




Satin and lace camisole by The Costume Portal      Satin and lace camisole by The Costume Portal       Black satin brocade bustier with side embellishment

Simple satin cami with broderie anglais bust panel. I should have put a white hook eye strip on the back but I didn't have one, and I was in a rush for a formal do.

Black silk brocade bustier with side embellishment Regency inspired Blue damask bustier Blue velvet bustier with black laceTeal velvet bustierLilac bustier with Sweetheart necklineLilac velvet bustier with sweetheart neckline

Bustiers, bustiers, bustiers. I went nuts. They take hardly any fabric, and are massive fun to wear. These were fairly easy to make, obviously there would be more work if I'd have done the gromits for lacing.

Red silk bustier with embellishmentRed silk bustierViolet Velvet Gown (worn by a customer to her wedding)

I learned how to construct a bodice with steel, plastic and spiral boning, how to add D-Rings and how to add a hook and eye in the back. I still wish these were laced up as they don't fit properly. The simple dress was purchased by a customer for their wedding. (It's the same style as the sheer one above but I lost the image) 

Vintage summer dress with Crossover Back by The Costume PortalVintage floral summer dress with crossover back by The Costume Portal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Back when I first started learning to sew with the intention to sell them, I made this vintage style summer dress with a crossover back. It was the first dress I ever made, as I'd been making tote bags in my youth.

And just for a laugh, here's a design idea I had that didn't turn out so well in my early days:

Roman style Xmas party dress attempt whilst I learned to sewThis one was supposed to be a roman style red satin organza party dress with a gorgeous gold organza braid, the bodice was OK, but the skirt was supposed to fluff out more, instead it looks like a child's drawing of a dress. I was aiming for a tulle underskirt, which is under there believe it or not - the tulle is fuller than the actual skirt! I want to re-do this properly.