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Costume Build Photos (Needlework, sewing & hats) | History of Fashion Design

Costume Build Photos (Needlework, sewing & hats)

Sewing, Needlework and Hats

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Lorraine drafts the patterns based on books showing patterns taken from 1780’s garments.


Erin sews a stuffed “rump” for one of the ladies.  Stuffed rumps replaced “pannier” hoops during the 1780’s.
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Carrie (Tourvel) models the custom-made corset, petticoat and rump all the women in Liaisons will wear under their outer costumes.


her costume at rehearsal 
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We just bought this cane for Rosamonde and the Swords for Danceny & Valmont at a very low price from www.popularlink.com.

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Making gold lace:


1/8″ gold mesh fabric

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gold Mylar Xmas tinsel

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The net is taped to a paper pattern of the design and then Mylar is stitched with big stitches through the net, making an oversize gold lace pattern that “reads” onstage.
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The extra net is clipped away from the bottom edge, making a gold “lace” elbow ruffle.
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The ruffle on the completed sleeve.


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Straw and Mylar hat for Mme. Rosamonde

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Valmont’s vest is made from an Indian skirt from Value Village.  Lorraine cuts the vest of muslin, then applies sections of the embroidered pattern to the muslin so that it looks like it was embroidered in a single piece.

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Photocall picture for Poster

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dress rehearsal
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Lorraine drafts changes to a coat pattern for Valmont.
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The completed coat made of black satin with bits of a polyester embroidered caftan sewn on as trim.
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Cecile’s dress made of a recycled dyed wedding gown, and stretch Panne velvet.
Lorraine hand-quilts a pattern for Tourvel’s Petticoat:

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The top 6″ of the skirt has no quilt batting between the layers so that there will not be too much bulk at the waist.

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The waistband has the skirt cartridge pleated to the sides and back (flat in front) to deal with the bulk of the fabric (two layers of muslin & one of silk, folded over).

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Making Emilie’s hat.

Valmont’s coat is made of a sari.

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The edge is cut off from the sari, the coat made from the middle pieces, and then the edge is  reapplied in a curve with small tucks on the inside edge to make the pattern flow as if it were embroidered in a curve.

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Edge pieces are also used to make the collar, cuffs and pocket flaps.

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To be continued…


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