So I’m doing Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Wheaton Drama right now – big funny Steve Martin craziness, right? It’s our studio show. Now, I figured the studio show was where we do something artistically risky, just to see how the audience responds and not care too much about how it sells. This should tell you how much I still need to learn about theater… Le sigh. Silly me. Apparently, “studio show” is theater-ese for “low budget”. So, what’s a costumer to do when she finds herself with an 11 person period show, and the show budget is 500$ less than what she wanted for the costumes? Steampunk.
Well, not full-on Steampunk, because that can get expensive. The basic recipe for the show goes like this: put one part Edwardian, one part Bustle-period, one part Steampunk, and 5 parts Goodwill’s Finest in a shaker with gin. Shake well.
This particular costumer is for the “Female Admirer”, a character who is on stage for less than 200 seconds. Funny story – bit characters like that tend to get better costumes, because they’re off stage long enough to try oodles of stuff on. Absolutely nothing in the theater worked….
So I went to Goodwill. Actually, I went to three Goodwills, and turned up nothing I liked. And then I had the best run of luck at the Starvation Army, and managed to get most of my show for $89. Score. For the Female Admirer, I came up with:
This is actually one of the most expensive costumes in the show, coming in at 14.40$. Everything else I used came out of my stash of crappita.
The plaid skirt is a straight knee length affair, and it’s about to become a bodice.
So, basically, I just the plaid skirt a half inch below where I’d marked it. I love working with plaids because they come pre-marked for straight lines. ;) I opened the back seam, neatened all the edges, and added three pieces of Rigiline to each side of the front. (This is hardly my best construction ever.)
I ripped the zipper and center back seam out of the teal skirt, and sewed it to the bottom of the bodice.
Not gonna lie – I’m totally in love with this little jacket. And it fits me, so I’m totally buying it off the theater after the run. Already told the actress I’m calling dibs…. ;)
And speaking of actresses….
Total cost: $14.40.
Total time: about 4 hours.
Skill level: Pretty dang easy.