Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Costume making

It has been a busy couple of months with study for the costume course and a few extras. We have to do an industry placement and I have been working with Mr Peter Rigby who is a well known Wellington character and Tailor to make a jacket for a member of Alf's Imperial Army. Each week I have been going over to the Hutt Valley to learn how to do the next step in making the jacket. I have never made a mans jacket before so I have been learning about shoulder pads and sleeve head caps!

The jacket is pretty lurid and has strange badges and buttons but I have learned a lot about its construction and fitting. pretty much every seam has been unpicked and resewn at least twice! Unfotunately I don't have a male mannekin so it doesn't show how fitted it is (I tried it on my son but he is so skinny it looked ridiculous).

As part of the course I have also made a corset and combinations and am in the process of designing and making costumes for dance. After that a few of us will start making enormous hats for a show in May.

Not much time for quilting but I will be teaching at the quilt symposium in Queenstown so am making class samples and writing notes for a new class on Sashiko stitching.

3 comments:

  1. Informative article on how textile industry is deeply connected with costume designing.
    dean graziosi

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  2. Hi Have you heard of Duct Tape Mannequin? If not google it and you can make your own Mannequin.

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  3. Thanks Leeann, I have seen the duct tape mannekin articles but I have never considered making a male mannekin. I wonder if my son will stay still for long enough!

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