A friend has asked me to help with the costumes for her theatre company, TKapow. They are putting on The Illusion by Tony Kushner and I am working on one of Melibea's costumes. Honestly, I agreed to do it because I had no experience making costumes beyond a giant felt pumpkin thirty years ago and the occasional princess. And, of course, I like and admire Carey so I felt I could take something away from this adventure. The pattern is Simplicity 3782, which may be out of print, but seems to be readily available on the internet and it has two versions of an Elizabethan costume. For those of you who are true costumers, we are taking some liberties as this is community theatre.
Pam at Off The Cuff). I really didn't want to do tailor tacks for these sixteen channels so I put my light box to work and laid the pattern down first on the box with the lining/interfacing on top of it and was able to trace off the channels easily with an iron away marking pen.
The costume consists of an underskirt and an over dress which opens to expose the skirt. Between both pieces there are about 12 yards of cloth. Only the front panel of the underskirt is done in good fabric in order to cut down on cost. The remainder is done with a simple cotton as it will not show. This is attached to a grograin ribbon which snaps in the back.
More to come as I'd like to wrap this up in the next day or two.