Halloween Masquerade Costume Series #6: The Cursed Sisters, Part 5

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“Look at that one,” he said, pointing to a woman in a white and red gown. “How brazen to wear such a thing.”

“What do you mean? It’s kind of an odd color combination, but…”

“Considering poor Lenora’s fate, it’s downright indecent.” He shook his head. “She must not have known, or she’d have never worn such a thing tonight.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen her before,” Linnetta replied, “so I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.”

“It seems to me Lenora’s story is the most tragic of all of your sisters,” her partner said. “How horrible her last days must have been.”

“It wasn’t her fault though. About Georgiana and Ginevra, I mean…”

“Who’s to say for sure? She thought it was. Maybe Georgiana was just an accident, but she did deliver the poison to Ginevra.”

“Shall we dance again?” Linnetta asked, hoping to stop the conversation, but she regretted the words as soon as they were said. Just getting to her feet made her feel light-headed, and she clung to her partner as they made their way to the dance floor. Where was her father? Once she could have counted on thoughtful Ginevra to save her from such a predicament, or for Celestine to cause some sort of distraction.

“It’s all right,” he said. “This will be the last dance before the announcement of the queen.” She could hardly pay attention to the dance or the music; she had to fight back the feeling of being overwhelmed. It didn’t help that her partner was still talking about her family.

“I’ve heard,” he said, “that towards the end, Emmeline became paranoid, which I suppose was a reasonable reaction given the circumstances. She said Celestine complained of a crushing feeling right behind her eyes, shortly before her unfortunate boating accident, and that Lenora refused to see anyone before she took her life, blaming a horrible headache. And so when she started getting headaches herself, her own retreat was foretold.”

“You know more than I do, I’m afraid,” Linnetta said, her eyes downcast. “I was so dreadfully sick that the whole time is still such a blur. My father shielded me from the details, too…”

“Of course. You wouldn’t have needed to know things like that,” her dancing partner replied.


BitterLilly sent me colored versions of the two most recent black and white dresses – they’re very delicate and cute! Click for the princess gown and for the masquerade gown. And as before, vote for next week and… uh… start suggesting literary character Halloween costumes, because I was counting on fairies winning and I haven’t thought of any. I’d like them to be Halloween related in some way though. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is probably in, for example. Assuming that fairies don’t make a comeback…

16 thoughts on “Halloween Masquerade Costume Series #6: The Cursed Sisters, Part 5

  1. Love love love this dress. Such pretty shades of red. I wish I had your talent.
    I’m still very sad that it looks like fairies won’t win. *dies*

  2. As far as literary characters, I think it would be cool to have like Jo from Little Women, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Wendy from Peter Pan, Alice from Alice and Wonderland, and maybe some Harry Potter dress robes, or a dress from the Crucible or the Scarlet Letter.

  3. maybe a dress for Scarlett O’Hara, Anna Karenina, or main character in Memoirs of a Geisha. Or maybe an outfit for the girl that Pip loves in Great Expectations. Or maybe an outfit for the elf queen/princess, i forget her title (tieing in fairies kind of) from eragon/eldest.

  4. Oh, forget what I said earlier about my favorite dress. This one is stunning. I’ve always loved wraparound styles and the bell sleeves, and gradients, and this is AMAZING!

    As for literary characters, I think you could definitely design Tinkerbell a new outfit, since we love fairies so much *sniff*

  5. Well if you want literary how about Lady Murasaki?
    Author of the tale of Genji possibly the first ever novel (she appears in a book herself too so she counts)
    Or since you didn’t do witches how about Glinda from the Wizard of Oz? not the film version but the Sorceress of the South in scarlet as in the book.

  6. The dresses and story are lovely by the way, may I list my deductions so far or would you rather we wait for the finale?

  7. Actually Murasaki isn’t very Halloweeny, but she did have a character who slipped out ofher body as she slept to murder her rival.
    Or there’s Lady Ono (similar era)who according to the story made her would be lover sleep below her window every night to prove his love: he was found there frozen to death in the snow (Whereon she lost her famous beauty presumably the heian version of dancng to death in red hot shoes or rolling down a hill in a barrel of Iron nails…ooh how about a stepmother/false princess from a fairy tale, post come uppance?)

  8. That is GORGEOUS!! I love the red layering. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a brilliant idea! The story is starting to get interesting… is he going to kill her???

  9. Oooh, I love all these masquerade gowns…and the story is getting intense!!!
    I like Alice in Wonderland for literary characters. Maybe Scarlett O’Hara as well, though she’s not Halloween-ish. Have you ever read the book Coraline? You could make an outfit for her, that book is rather Halloweeny.

  10. This dress is so beautiful, all of them are. I loved the story too.

    How about a feminine version of the Phantom of the Opera’s ‘Red Death’ costume? Or something Catherine from ‘Wuthering Heights’ might wear.

  11. I think you are amazing at this. I love ALL your dresses & other costumes. Great story too. I’ve been to other paperdoll sites but NO OTHER SITES are as good as this one. Trust me on this. Keep updating!

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