Well, I'm just about done with my current project, and I decided a pseudo-tutorial was in order before I got too far...
I've been hired by Shirley Pierson, the Costume Designer for Cygnet Theatre's production of Private Lives, to construct some of her designs for the show. Out of several costumes, this one is proving to be the biggest challenge.
What do you do in that case? Well, I ended up draping it. Shirley purchased some cheap "mockup" material that was similar to what she was hoping to find for the final dress, and I pinned/draped/scribbled on/gathered/sliced/snipped/tucked the fabric onto a dress form. I marked all the seam lines in marker onto the fabric itself. I ended up with what was essentially a "soft sculpture" piece that I then unpinned and placed flat onto brown kraft paper. I traced through the lines and around the shapes, making sure to go through the points where I had safety pinned all the different pieces together on the form.
Then I "trued up" all the pieces by comparing their edges to one another--making sure the pieces all fit together like a puzzle and preventing mismatched seams where one side is longer than the side it's supposed to be sewn to...
At that point, I used more of the fabric to actually cut out a complete version of the newly made preliminary pattern so we could try it on the actress herself. This was called a "mockup fitting", and we made notes for pattern adjusting and modifications that I took back to my studio so I could alter the pattern. This is a really great opportunity for a designer to get exactly the look she wants.
This resulted in a pattern that's pretty sure to work as it was fit specifically to the actress. This will mean fewer notes later on, and less time spent on finessing the final product.
So my goal is to get it all assembled for a final fitting Sunday afternoon. And then, we'll see how it goes... "Sew, Corey! Sew like the wind!!"
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