So, I am designing a costume for a charity drag show coming up in November. The theme is Moulin Rouge and I am designing a drag costume consisting of a corset, bolero, and bustle skirt for a drag queen. I went to the library and picked up Corsets and Crinolines by Norah Waugh and a book on historical costume design. I'm designing a 19th century corset with extended hips (to accentuate the figure), but I have never really designed for drag before. Does anyone have any tips on how to...mold the body? I'm beginning to get a little worried, because my lovely drag queen's waist doesn't cinch all that much. I need to push up the bosoms and flare out the hips...Help?
If I were you, to refine your design I would wrap each little red/green bit of the cane in white, so you have the white spaces in between the color dots. The color difference between the numbers and the background is not as vibrant when there is the white space in between.
Hmm, this is how I would approach it, but it may be kinda haphazard:
I would take a basic silhouette short dress pattern with the same bust seam (going over the bust and to the armpit area) and the desired neckline. Make a muslin mock-up and, if you want the lines on the bodice to be separate pieces of fabric sewn together at the silver lines, cut those into strips and make the secondary pattern for the bust area from that. If not, I don't think you would need the muslin mock-up, just make the basic dress and hand-sew the silver detail on it.
What I shall refer to as the skirt herein is starting just under the bust area, at that belt-thing. I would make each droplet-part of the skirt a separate piece (with the lower layer in separate, longer pieces, too, though in the picture it looks like the lower layer of the skirt droplets is actually attached to the dress at the hip.) and sew them together before adding the silvery stuff--also something I would hand-sew. Then attach the skirt to the belt-y part and attach it all at once to your basic dress from above.
Maybe use a serger or hand-sew the bottom edge of the skirt droplets, or just play around.
Anyway you decide to do it, post when it's done. I would love to see the finished piece!
I really want to figure out the secret to trouser-making, finally. Until now I have basically used pants that fit me and extracted patterns from them to make with other fabric. Though that works, I want to be able to draft my own patterns from scratch. I am looking specifically for resources on drafting the angle and shape of the inseam and variable positions of the waistband. Can anyone suggest some resources for this? Books, websites, articles, or really good patterns (low-waisted, plzkthnks!)?