Have I mentioned that my show has, by and large, come from Goodwill? Yes, indeed. One of the characters in 1776 is “a courier”. (No, really, that’s all they call him in the script.) He’s an army courier who brings messages in to the continental congress. I need him to look like he’s a) military and b) really, really dirty. This means that I get to build the coat, and then I get to have a bit of fun with it…
I’m using a red coat for this. That may or may not be completely inappropriate – I didn’t actually look up military colors for the era, and while I do know that the British were known for wearing red coats (ie, “The red coats are coming!”) and there’s that painting of Washington in a blue one (although it was rather painted in 1851 and a number of other coat colors are represented, including red), I also know that it’s a color no one else on the set is quite wearing, and I’d like this costume to stand out. Also, I found a red wool coat the right size, and I was sort of losing my brain at the moment and bought it in a fit of “A-ha! It’s a red coat!”
So, here’s how it went:
Photo courtesy of my mother, who was greatly entertained by this whole process. So was the neighbor, who thought I was doing some sort pixie-dust trick. Somewhere during the photography process (mom and I share a sort of carpet-bombing approach to photography), mom realized that spatter really does go everywhere, and staying out of the way might be a really grand plan….
Wow! This is simply amazing! I wouldn’t have believed that you didn’t make it from scratch!!
Yay! Then it worked! *laugh* I always worry that people will be sitting at the audience going, “Oh, wow, didn’t I just see that coat at the Goodwill?”
Christian looks really good in this! He has the face and attitude and the costume totally rounded out the character!
Right? Seriously, this is one of the pieces of the show that just works… :)
I love Goodwill Costuming(TM) Once turned out a high school production of Our Town from thrifty finds around town, and everyone wanted to know if I wasn’t exhausted from sewing ALL those costumes. Great work showing us how its done. I love all your work.
You’re a better woman than I am – Even with the helpful Goodwill, I was still exhausted! :)
OMG I just spent $17 on a pattern from Simplicity for a “similar” coat, but I need this look for my Spo-Con costume of a Warhammer Witch Hunter ;) (CosPlay)
This will save me a TON of time and money. Gonna take that pattern back and probably spend about 1/3 of the cost on a blazer and extra fabric I have in my stockpile. Thank you Missa! You Roxxorz!