In the middle of junior year I really became serious about costuming and was searching for another theater that would give me a chance to gain more experience. I fell right into the path of a Magical Journey Thru Stages, or simply Stages, the children's theater at the third floor of Rochester's Auditorium Theater. After explaining my interests, the team of head costumers & parent volunteers accepted me for a trail "student costumer" position. We clicked and I ended up staying on as the student costumer for a number of shows until the end of senior year. During those experiences, I did everything from repairs to millinery to costuming the lead for Doctor DoLittle (2013), which I used as one of the highlights for my portfolio.
More recently, Gina & Lisa, the costumers for Little Women who I've worked with since my first show at Stages, contacted me about borrowing as well as making a fancy hairpiece. Using the reference picture they sent me (view here), this is what I came up with:
|Fancy Hair Snood for Stage's Little Women Production.|
I constructed the double bow from navy taffeta, lining the outer bow with fusible interfacing. I then added a hair clip to the back of the center velvet piece as a means of attaching.
|Back of the bow with hair clip.|
Speaking of the said stash fabrics...next up, the first Past Projects: three fashionable 1890s hats from Stage's production of Sherlock Holmes (2014)!
In addition to other contributions, I was responsible for three fashionable hats:
|One of the outfits I was responsible for Maggie's character.|
(Too bad we misplaced my shirt, I really liked those jet buttons...)
The Lavender Puff Hat is made from a straw hat base with a wired brim, covered in vintage bias tape. Trimmed with lavender taffeta, a feather spray and vintage broach.
Black Velvet & Golden Bows Hat, or, the crazy, over-the-top piece that was oh so fun to make! At first, I'll admit I had the hardest time coming up with a piece that would fit the gold, royal purple & black color scheme for her outfit. Though, after the triple bow, the rest just seemed to fall into place for the extravagant character. Then, I worried about it being all too much...
|The hat even has a bit of a flair at the front of the brim!|
|Go BIG bows, or go home!|
Lastly, the Elegant Lady's Hat, which had a matching skirt & jacket ensemble - by far the most time-consuming and difficult, but definitely one of my most favorite pieces from the show!
|Up close & personal detail shot!|
Next up: my new hand sewn pinner apron & 1850s undergarments - completed. More past projects to come too...so stay tuned, comment & subscribe for more! Thank you for reading!