|Welcome to the chaos!|
|In the beginning... there was fabric|
For this post we will simply detail the PROCESS. And process it was. From design and conception to patterning to full-scale factory-style assembly line, we were in full tilt for the entirety of the project. The complexity of the costumes, particularly of the men's uniform jackets, was daunting. Men's coats in 1812, especially those of the military and upper class, had all the trimmings: cuffs, tails, standing collars, layers of interfacing, and buttons galore.
We were all hands on deck so Caroline (who you may remember from this post about LADEC) and Barb, two lovely ladies we have worked with in the past, came back to join the fun and frenzy. We were also joined by our new regular addition, Sara (who you may remember from our recent Halloween post.) And as always, Marilyn, Meghan and I were there in the thick of it.
|Caroline and the impressive pile o' trims|
|All machines on deck!|
|An overflowing bucket o' ladies-to-be|
|Oh Harry Potter. We laughed with you, we cried with you. |
Mainly cried though, because holy moly what a sad series.
|All the laydees|
|The finished rack! The costumes wrapped all the way around.|
|Meghan gets pictures of her cravat handiwork. Note Marilyn in the loft holding them all up.|
And then it was time for the costumes to go to their new home in DC, but not before one last photo op! Note the two newest members of the nonmoving branch of our studio family, Trevor and Susie Q. They fit in very nicely with Molly and our other two dress forms, don't you think?
|Photo credit: White House Historical Association @WhiteHouseHstry|