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« on: February 20, 2005 04:37:36 PM »

...What did I get myself into? I did not intend to work on Steve Martin's play Picasso at the Lapin Agile. I decided against it. Unfortunatly, I went soft as soon as Xela, my director, mentioned that the play was set in turn-of-the-century Paris.

So now I'm dressing a cast (only nine characters, luckily) and I have no idea where I'm going to get my patterns and rent costumes.

HELP!
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2005 05:27:12 PM »

haha, I costumed that show in college. I didn't know what to do either. I did most of the girls in long, straight skirts and poofy white blouses and the guys just in pants, white shirts and vests. If you look at fashions from the period, there's a lot you can do with modern patterns, if you're making things. Schmenderman was the most fun--lots and lots of yellow plaid. What a great play!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2005 08:22:08 PM »

Here's a link to a costume history site that covers that period:

http://www.costumes.org/history/100pages/1900links.htm

It has lots of pictures for the times...

Yeah, as EmilyFlew said, frilly blouses, long skirts, big hats are the cheapest and easiest way to go.  Lots of lace, fairly subdued colours.  Men's clothing has changed very little, so you could get away with dark pants, shirts with starched collars, tailcoats or long frock coats if you can find them.

Where are you located, geographically?

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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2005 08:49:48 PM »

i have a pattern book for historical costumes, the kind of patterns you enlarge yourself.  if you want i can scan in some and email them to you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2005 07:35:01 AM »


Where are you located, geographically?


Southwestern Ohio, near Dayton.


i have a pattern book for historical costumes, the kind of patterns you enlarge yourself. if you want i can scan in some and email them to you.

That would be wonderful! Anything you see from that time period would help me so much.



*Also, I DO plan on making most of the costumes by hand... or buying pieces from costume shops. Our budget is pretty good, and they mainly asked me to do it because they know that I am obsessive. When I do costumes, I DO COSTUMES. It's crazy, I know, but for period pieces I just can't bring myself to use thrift store finds. I noticed that Buttericks has some good patterns... I may start there.
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2005 12:42:02 PM »

I don't know if this reply is too late for you since this thread's a bit old but I just finished making skirts for a play set in Ireland at about that time.  I used Butterick 3418 as the pattern but without all the trim shown on the pattern. 

They were pretty easy to do, even with some odd size alterations that needed to be made and they look great.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2005 01:20:19 PM »

That's perfect! I hadn't noticed that pattern before. Does it go pretty quickly?
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2005 09:41:19 AM »

If I hadn't had to keep ripping out seams because of stupid mistakes they would have gone quickly, yes.  Cutting them out took longer than anything I think since the sewing is mostly just long, straight seams. 

I should tell you too that even though you can't see it on the pattern envelope pictures, they are longer in the back to create a bit of a train.  I ended up cutting off that extra to prevent the skirts from getting stepped on while people are on stage.
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2006 12:02:52 PM »

this is an old, old thread. i have no clue how i found it.

but anyway, how'd it go? do you have any pictures or anything?
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2006 05:47:32 PM »

Actually, yeah! I got nominated to attend the regional design competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which was fantastic! I didn't win anything, but it was a great experience. I'll shrink down the pictures of my display board tonight or tomorrow and post them.
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