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Here are the completed sketches for my Russian folktale costume design. To tell you a bit about the design: each element is inspired by a piece of traditional Ukrainian or Russian costume. I was really interested in working with pattern (check out the home furnishing fabric which was once used to upholster a couch I sat on as a little girl) so I decided to trade in the intricate embroidery for pattern overload. The shape and style of the dress is an updated/ modern take on the details and layering of a traditional Ukrainian woman’s garments: the drawstring is replaced by a pleated neck, the cut of the dress and differentiation between the body of the dress and the shoulders was taken from a layering of blouse and overcoat, the apron relates to the story (the pockets as a means of storage during a journey) and references the apron that was once worn to cover the opening of a warp-around skirt. I am opting to hand-weave the belt that attaches to the apron (via the most perfect buttons- they reminded me of patterns I saw in my Russian folktale/rituals class) as a tribute to the many references to weaving in the story and throughout Russian folklore and history, as well as to add my own personal flare to the costume. This past week I completed the mock-up of the costume (which I still can’t believe I actually pulled off) and coming up is the real thing. And trust me, there will be plenty of pictures.
After spending thirty minutes at Sav-A-Lot standing in line trying to buy pancake mix, syrup, and two cans of spaghettios (seriously, half an hour), I knew I didn’t have the strength to start putting together the mock-up for next week’s costume right away. I am damn terrified of that project (having never made human-sized clothes before). So, to help myself feel better by getting a little organized, I made myself this handy (and freaking adorable) zippered bag to house my sewing kit. Look at those frogs; they are so, so excited to get sewing. More excited than I am. Maybe when I’m asleep at night the frogs will come to life and do my costume design work for me. Probably not.
For my costume design class, our first assignment was a sewing test, given to evaluate our skill and craft with patterns and sewing. The test was to complete a miniature version of a dress, and while mine isn’t perfect, I worked so hard to make it as perfect as my little heart could.
So, I don’t want to beat the rosette to death, but this was just a small weekend project of mine, making sweet, vintage-y, wearable hair pieces. Easy to make and looks great with full skirts and 50s hair.