Sunday, October 5, 2008

There's No Business Like Show Business - Pt 2

It occurred to me that I never showed a picture of the dress I made for the Curio Theatre's production of "The Trial". This was really a fun project because it forced me to think outside the box - something I rarely do (and should do more often!). Aetna, the costume designer and one of the actresses, sketched her ideas and then found a pattern to use as a foundation. She chose Butterick 5049 for this design. She does some sewing herself and she knows her way around a pattern catalog. The challenge was adding the collar. I used Make Your Own Patterns by Rene Bergh for help on drafting the collar. I'm so glad I had this book. Drafting a pattern piece is much easier than I thought but I couldn't have done it without the clear instructions in the book. I plan to do more of it. Now that I've successfully completed this project, I have the confidence to make design changes to the garments I make for myself.

So, if you are in the area, come on down to Southwest Philadelphia and see the play. I'll be the one signing autographs!

8 comments:

  1. ...and will you be using a special pen to sign those autographs!" *smile* The dress is cute and I'm glad that you added a new skill to your repotoire (sp?)...will we see it used soon for something for youself?

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  2. Cute dress, it came out just like it was supposed to. I love that book too. I used it to make some jeans from a pants pattern and was very successful.

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  3. Ooh, I'm gonna look for that book tomorrow when I'm in the city. Speaking of NYC, did you ever make it in? Nice job on the costume.

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  4. Good for you! The dress turned out well, you learned something and got some confidence to change things up, too!

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  5. Your dress looks fabulous - wrapped in that confidence best wishes for a fantastic production!

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  6. You did a great job! Glad to see you being active and outside of the "box".

    I nominated you for the Premio Award, go here to see the nomination:
    http://danvillegirl.blogspot.com/2008/10/thank-you-to-jackie-who-came-out-of.html

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  7. It's a beautiful dress, and I'm glad you were able to gain more confidence working on this project!

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  8. I made it to opening night on Friday night to see our costumes in action, and they looked great. Aetna is a bit of a "tweaker" so I was happy to see that both dresses still looked like what we'd handed in!

    And you've just added one more book to my wish list. Thanks!

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