Oh. God. I will NEVER sew with velvet again. I don't have the proper sewing accessories to deal with it like it should be.
Blood red velvet, gold and red tapestry, white cotton sleeves and ruffles with a fine gold zigzag edging. Hand sewn pearl accents...
Fully boned bodice with 1/2 inch steel boning and lined in broadcloth. Surprisingly comfy!
And I made the headpeice out of a sunvisor and remnants.