I have been super busy all week sewing costumes for The Elephant’s Graveyard.
There I am in the credits!
I have the costumes about 80% complete and tonight was the first run through with the cast wearing some of the pieces I have made for them.
This play has a lot of sewing involved and I am learning a lot working on projects I would never make for myself or the girls.
This is the first time I have sewed menswear and I actually enjoy it.
There is a crispness to it.
I am so grateful for being able to get paid to do something I love.
I am really happy with how these jodhpurs turned out. There were no patterns available that I could find so I altered a pattern for some high waisted mens trousers.
I used McCall’s 4745, a civil war uniform.
This pattern is perfect because it has a high waist. I shortened the legs and and drew the exaggerated hip found on jodhpurs, narrowing the leg at the bottom. It’s really a simple thing to do and you don’t need to search for jodhpur patterns for hours like I did!
This is how I redrew the pattern for the jodhpurs. Just widen the hip and narrow the bottom legs, Shorten the legs too.
I used Simplicity 2895 for this vest with welt pockets.
I also made the black frock coat pictured for another character but I haven’t taken a photo yet.
I may have to make the shirt for one of the characters because we can’t find anything in his size 52.
This was the first time I made welt pockets! I was so happy that I could do it. It was one of those sewing techniques that always scared me. They aren’t perfect and I still need more practice.
I used a Reconstructing History pattern for this high waisted skirt still being worked on. It doesn’t look like much of anything yet. I tried to dye it brown but the dye didn’t really take. I’m going to try again and add some sort of embellishment to it. I had to work on this pattern quite a bit to get the pattern adjustment for a full abdomen. You have to raise the waistline at the center front. I am learning a lot about fitting different types of bodies on this project.
Here is the actor in my vest. He still needs a shirt and pants. The actress is wearing my muddy colored skirt.
My inspiration photos:
This costume was fun to make. It looks like one of those striped bathing suits from the turn of the twentieth century.
Our strongman is a big man and the director wanted him to wear some shorts over his bodysuit for modesty.
To make the bodysuit I connected a shorts pattern and a tank top pattern from Simplicity 2330, narrowing the pattern a lot for using a stretch fabric. I used the same pattern for the shorts too.
I added a ruffle to my clowns’ jacket because it was a little too short for him.
Here are my clown and strongman at rehearsal. The clown still needs a hat and I have to make some shoes for the strongman.
A few more costumes, the steam shovel operator, the railroad engineer, ballet girl, and strongman. The engineer is wearing my husbands striped overalls and Big Mac jacket!