Halloween in My Closet: Part 2: Can-Can Girl

by jennine on October 23, 2008

Yesterday I was a sailor, today a can-can girl. Don’t you just love the flexibility of modern life? After Part 1 of Halloween in My Closet… thanks to requests to see a can-can girl from Kate and UND I decided to with this for Part 2.

If you look to the left, you’ll see me as a can-can girl circa 2004. I borrowed a striped evening gown from a friend and wore a corset over it. Underneath I wore the biggest red petticoat… and between the squeezing for the corset and the layers of the petticoat, even at night in the autumn I was boiling hot.. .and the next day I was in pain… goes to show, if you’re going to do corsets, go custom, ask Ashe Mischief, she seems to know a lot about corsetry.

Here is the the second part of my Halloween series… yesterday I was a sailor… every day I’ll post a costume made mostly of the the clothes I already own. Of course I’ll need accessories, but while we still have time (9 days) I’ll only post accessories you’ll actually be able to acquire before Halloween. Towards the big day, I’ll work entirely with my own pre-existing wardrobe.

Can-Can Girl Essentials

Below are the base essentials I found in my closet… to be a can-can girl, you’ll need a tube top, here I have a sequin one, two skirts one for the top, a second one to give volume and look like a petticoat-luckily I had a lace skirt that works perfectly. Gloves… all I have right now are leather gloves and vintage tea gloves, but opera lenght gloves will work even better. Lace or fishnet tights. A choker… I made one out of black bias tape, and sewed it on with a single stitch… but some of you may have more substantial chokers.

The Result

If I had no time… this would be my end result, some improvements would be getting a pair of opera length gloves, or feather fascinator… like this, this, this, or this.

I put my hair up in a bouffant, which can also be handy for other costumes revolving around the 60′s… liquid eyeliner is handy for giving lovely cat eyes, and a beauty mark. I used lipstick to make more exaggerated blusher and for red lips.

Since I have a lot of ideas of what I can do for Halloween, and I can only post a few of them, and please let me know if there is anyone you might want to see, or if you have any suggestions… please leave a comment:

Halloween in My Closet:

  1. Circus Ringleader (second by Nikki)
  2. Sailor (done! click here to see!)
  3. Natasha from Bullwinkle & Friends
  4. Can-Can Girl
  5. Pirate or …
  6. a Founding Father… same base costume as Pirate.
  7. The Mad Plaider
  8. Beetle Juice
  9. The See’s Candies Girl (only makes sense in California… but Jeanne would like to see it!)
  10. Evil Babydoll (second by Mette)
  11. 60′s Housewife
  12. An East German DDR protester (may be offensive… but Tres Plus Cool would like to see it)
  13. A superhero
  14. Dawn Davenport (suggested by Imelda Matt)
  15. Cat Lady (suggested by shopfair)
  16. ?????
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Suzanna October 23, 2008 at 6:24 am

Doh! I didn’t realize this was a Halloween look (at first) and I admired it while thinking, Damn, Jennine shares my taste for North Beach Bordello apparel! Brava!

And then I realized it was a jerry-built costume and I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I saw this ensemble as a Fun Festive Frock for Frauleins. Which is to say I’d wear it any day of the week.

jennine October 23, 2008 at 6:28 am

oh suzanna.. i do have a taste for north beach bordello… why those are my old stomping grounds. ;)

as for wearing it any day of the week? obviously if you are anything lke me, and my whole wardrobe is a costume…. why not?

Ashe Mischief October 23, 2008 at 6:34 am

I LOVE it! How fun & festive, and I think you did a great job with what you had in your wardrobe.. I’m LOVING this series!

And you totally reminded me how I wanted to do more corsetry posts ;) I have a new custom one being made right now! :X

Ashe Mischief October 23, 2008 at 6:35 am

p.s. SO many ideas I’d love to see you do, though circus ringleader is one of my favs! But I DO love a circus…

Cecile October 23, 2008 at 7:04 am

Because we can can … can-can can-can! Your photo reminds me to that song, the one from Moulin Rouge.

I have my version of Cabaret:

Cecile October 23, 2008 at 7:05 am
Anna October 23, 2008 at 7:43 am

I’d love to see Natasha!

jennine October 23, 2008 at 7:54 am

@ashe…ooh more corsetry! so lovely!
@cecile… your link is darling, i love the feathers!!!
@anna… you will get your wish.. i’ve been wanting to do that too!


K-Line October 23, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Love this! Gorgeous and costume all at the same time.

SwanDiamondRose October 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm

ya i love this series too :) more more!

Tara October 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm

So Moulin Rouge — I love it!!

Hailey October 23, 2008 at 3:47 pm

oh I’m picturing my closet and I don’t think I have anything flapper either!!

WendyB October 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Wonderful photos. You go, girl!

jennine October 23, 2008 at 3:50 pm

@k-line… it’s hard not to be glamourous when you’re a can-can girl!
@swan… don’t even get me started
@tara… MR was my favorite muicsal for a while…
@haily… maybe it’s time for a flapper?
@wendy you’re too kind.

Kezia October 23, 2008 at 4:32 pm

OMG! I looove your look here. Very Moulin Rouge.

Aidan October 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I LOVE THE NEW LOGO! The heart is adorable. And your improvised Can Can girl is super cute (it helps to have that great painting behind you, like you’re in a Toulouse Lautrec poster. I would like to see a 60s housewife costume - I know you’ll look great! Big hugs from SF!

Casey October 23, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Awesome!!! I’m seriously itching to revamp a fairy costume (corset, petticoat, etc.) I wore earlier this year into something a bit more sexy and burlesque-ish! :D I love your resulting outfit-the tights seal the deal, imho. Can’t wait to see your other outfit ideas! (I personally would love to see the Cat Woman costume too… )

Cammila October 23, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I love themey outfits — you could wear this everyday! That said, I totally dig the made from scratch costume, I would LOVE to see you as Natasha! Sally Kellerman played her once in a weird early 90′s HBO movie (I swear to God) and you look kind of like her (in the prettiest of ways!)

Mothra October 23, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Nice bosom.

ambika October 24, 2008 at 9:40 am

So adorable! I’ve been meaning to get fun slips for ages-this is such motivation!

Kate October 24, 2008 at 11:28 pm

aww, the costume is adorable. i love the way you collected all the items and combined them. really good! :)

Chic Looks October 25, 2008 at 8:53 am

ohh lady coveted!!! you never seize to amaze me, this is perfection, bravo!!!!!

I want those polka dot gloves.

moi October 25, 2008 at 11:28 pm

hey, i thought it was cute!

Custom Closets January 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm


All the costumes are looking good. I like the opera lenght gloves very much.

Thank you

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