So, for the next installment in the series, I’ll tackle the character of Germaine in Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (Wowza, did that sound pretensious…) The rough inspiration for the costume was, “How would Miss Piggy do Steampunk?” This one is slightly more complex than the Admirer, but still pretty easy to wrangle out of resale…
Somewhere during this process, I figured out that I was dealing with a rather cheaply made jacket. The body lining was weirdly twisty and the sleeve linings weren’t the same diameter as the sleeves. Bummer….
I’d love to tell you that there’s some magical, right way to sort that. There isn’t. Do whatever it takes, as long as you can hide the ugly.
Hey, wow, way to make it sound easy, missa…. No, seriously, this kind of collar really is easy to drape, because it lies flat against the coat. So you’re really just drawing it on muslin and checking to see if it works.
I sewed the collar layers together, then sewed them right-sides together. I left a few inches at the center back open so I could turn the collar right-side out. This would have been very simple if the fabric hadn’t been beaded. I keep a pliers by the machine so I can crack beads that are in the path of the needle. Then I whip stitched the collar to the neckline of the jacket.
For reference, the edge hanging vertically now was the hem before.
I ordered the corset from corset-story.com for $75. (What?! Missa, you bought a corset? Seriously, there are only so many hours in a day.) I’m pretty pleased with the construction, and I can’t complain about their prices.
Cost of build: 14.48$
Corset: 75$ (making this the most expensive costume in the show…)