I’m saving the best for last – I loved the way this costume turned out! It is, by far, the most wack-a-doodle set of design decisions I’ve ever made. I really wanted to do a rather prim dress for the Countess, what with how she’s rich and all. At the same time, there’s only so much “prim” you can use around a Steve Martin script, and the character is fairly exuberant. So she needed a costume with enough detail to be lavish, enough joy to match the character, an olde-timey silhouette, and it had to come from resale. You know, no bigs….
The script is technically in 1904, if I recall correctly, so I shouldn’t have been throwing all the bustles in. But I like big bustles and I cannot lie, you other sewers can’t deny… Erm, yeah, missa, maybe you better stick to sewing….
So, once again from the Sally Army’s finest, I have:
Yes, sometimes I just sight a corset and whack it out. I like drafting patterns (a lot), but I was sort of in a hurry. The actress is close enough to my size that I felt comfortable doing it this way.
I did what?!?
And I was completely confident in that choice?
Yeah. Oddly, it seemed like the absolute right thing to do. And that was the moment when I realized that I really have grown up into a Costumer. Right there, standing in the newly-redesigned Bloomingdale Jo-Anns store, planning what may be the wrold’s first, last, and only sheer leaopard print bustle, I knew I was finally, absolutely, incontrovertibly, a Real Costume Designer. Finally. (‘Bout darn time, right?) It wasn’t a researched choice, it wasn’t an act of premeditated cleverness, it was an on-the-fly design decision that I was totally confident in. The only second thought I had was, “Why am I not having second thoughts about this? This should be totally wrong.”
I felt pretty cool. :)
I bought three yards for a total of $34, making this the fabric splurge of the show.
So. Much. LoveForThis!!!! You just make me so so so proud. I look at your amazing feats of AWESOMENESS and think to myself, “Self, you actually met this amazing costumer. In person. She even GROMMETED FOR YOU IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM. After eating dinner with you!”
Seriously, this is so freakin’ cool. I’m am stunned anew at your creativity and talent. Go Missa!!! :)
So yeah. I’m a wee bit enthusiastic.
Awwww…. Thanks, you guys! It means a lot to me – I mean, I know you guys, I know how much you’re looking for in costumes, and I’m flattered. :)
ps – I’ll grommet for you both any day! Sorry I missed your Bristol trip – I had it on the wrong weekend!
As the actress who wore this dress, it is truly fabulous. Missa did a fantastic job of being both super creative as well as making me feel comfortable wearing this dress. It was the best part of the show experience for me.
Shucks…. I’m totally blushing! This show was the most fantastically creative, empowering thing ever, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. Can’t wait to work with you again, beautiful! :)
Missa, what can I say – Inspired! The leopard print was the ticket! You rock the costuming world. Keep your chin up girl, and keep designing – love to see what you come up with