Monday, 22 February 2016

He's Behind You

Sooo, as you may or may not be aware from previous posts (I can't remember if I have mentioned it), some fool put me in charge of the costumes for Addingham Panto this year, which starts tonight, and which is Dick Whittington, so now that that is all done with, I thought it high time that I shared some of my costume making escapades.  Those who follow me on Instagram or Twitter would normally have seen my designs months ago and seen the progress on the actual making over the last few weeks, but I got told off for posting my work in progress, so I seem to have disappeared off the edge of the earth.  Don't panic - I have not, and now I will share some of my costume makes and have a good ole moan about the experience, until I get told off again that it.

First up - it has to be Mr Richard Whittington himself.  This was the first design I did.  In the script Dick was a Yorkshire Lad, so what else could I do but tweed and a flat cap?!  Really, there was no question about it was there.

I was told that Emma, who was playing Dick, was not a fan of her knees (I hear ya sista!), so I designed a costume with a waistcoat and some 3/4 trousers, pedalpushers if you will.  However, when I saw Vicki, our elubrious director, she had convinced Emma to go along the route of traditional Principal Boy with some dancing skins.  This was a simple alteration - lose the trousers, lengthen the waistcoat, or so I thought . . .

Anyway, then I had a total mare trying to find a pattern for the waistcoat - women's waistcoats it seems are not en vogue at the moment.  Luckily for me I had a brain wave when I was ordering the pattern for the Dame's Finale costume - that jacket, in a smaller size, would be perfect for Dick, with white cotton sleeves instead of the jacket sleeves.  It would also make an all in one top making Emma's costuming much easier for her.  So, I ordered Butterick 4954 in a smaller size aussi. 

THEN I had to find some tweed-type fabric . . .  tres easier said than done.  THEN, the lovely Marilyn, publicity lady extraordionnaire, who I lobe uber and much (most of the time), told be me she needed Dick's costume to be one of the first for publicity shots etc.  aaaaarrrrggghhhhhh!!!!  Anyway, after much internet searching, I found some tweed-patterned fabric on the website of the lovely Minerva Crafts website, and bonus, I had a money off code too.  I hope the budget people at Panto (I'm looking at you Jon!) appreciate my money off coupons for everywhere and my liberal use of my student discount!

So, I then had to twiddle my fingers waiting for the fabric to arrive.

In the meantime, however, I had bought some fabric to make Dick/Emma's finale costume . . . but then I decided I didn't actually like it, so I got on with some other costumes. 

Then, at the first available opportunity (work really gets in the way of my sewing), I went to purchase the fabric I was originally going to buy but changed my mind about in the shop and bought the other I then decided I didn't like.

This was a black velvet, but I had ordered some more black velvet to make the chorus finale costumes, which never arrived, so I had to make use of the velvet I had bought to make Dick's costume.  This meant that I had to go down yet another route, and in the end I used some black taffeta and decorated with lots and lots of sequins (well, what is a panto without sequins).

This 'tunic' was fairly straightforward to make.  I cut a straight size 14 and made no alterations whatsoever, and it fit Emma perfectly.  I lined the tweed version, as it was quite  a loose weave, and I wondered whether it would go a bit see-through under the stage lights, but left the black version unlined.

I gave both versions white sleeves (cotton for the tweed and satin for the black) and added some ruffle with lace to the black version, which took me forever!

When trying on the tweed version, Emma didn't like the pleat detail ruffle-type thing that the pattern has you insert at the back, so I took this out and never bothered adding it in the black version.

Finally, the buttons in the tweed jacket are some genuine Burberry buttons from my stash (a detail I think only I appreciate) and  the buttons on the black version are some 'knots' from Boyes, which I just liked. 

Anyway, I enjoyed making this up and I like the finished product so much that I kept the pattern (I didn't claim the pennies back for it) and I think I will make myself a light going-out style jacket for myself.  There is some lovely jacquard-y fabric in Boyes at the moment.  Hopefully it will still be there come pay day . . .

I'll hopefully be back in a few days with some more costumes.

In the meantime . . .

Happy Crafting!


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