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« on: May 24, 2012 05:31:05 PM »

I have a young gentleman friend who is going to see Wicked at the end of June. He has commissioned me to make him Elphaba's Act II dress to wear. I am going to make the bodice and teach him some sewing techniques so that he can make the skirt so he can afford it.
Does anyone have any tips or technique hints that would help in making this? I'm mostly worried about fitting him since most patterns are made for women. Any patterns you can suggest? I would say I have slightly above moderate sewing skills. In no way an expert Wink Thanks in advance!!
Here is a picture of the costume
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012 04:31:15 PM »

Here's a lot of reference on the dress and construction:  http://www.galindaswardrobe.com/pages/actIIanalysis.htm

Thread about people using the layered fabric technique to make various garments:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354356.0

What many of us have learned if you sew layers of fabric on a foundation garment, the original garment may get significantly smaller and gets very stiff!  So this needs to be kept in mind while building to make sure it doesn't get too small for the person to wear it.  If you can possibly get your model to come in for regular fittings while you make the dress, you can make sure it will fit well, because it is a fitted dress.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012 04:37:29 PM »

More reference:

http://musical-costumers.blogspot.com/2009/10/elphabas-act-2-dress.html

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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012 03:30:16 AM »

Thank you all Smiley I never thought about it getting smaller, that makes sense though. I'll keep that in mind.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2012 04:17:55 PM »

 It is such a complex dress, I hope you guys can get it done on time!

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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012 06:46:19 AM »

I just found a mini-me version of the bias strip party dress.
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2012 06:46:13 AM »

I just found a mini-me version of the bias strip party dress.

Oh gosh that is soo cute and very helpful thanks!!
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