Friday, 20 July 2007

Beetlejuice for an Eistedfodd

I've been recovering from the flu for the last 3 weeks, but this costume is needed for the City Of Sydney Eistedfodd on Saturday night, so I just had to soldier on for the last 3 days and cut and sew this outfit plus 17 hot pink organza pre-made mens' ties for the supporting dancers. Talk about "the show must go on" ! My daughter is the model, and she is 5 foot 2 inches tall while the dancer is taller and has longer arms and legs. The suit is in cotton lycra so the jacket had to be fused with Whispaweft interfacing. I use an Elnapress to do bulk fusing, so it takes less time than with a domestic iron and is more permanent too. The jacket is fully lined, and the hot pink organza shirt is sleeveless but has armhole facings. It is all quick- change so the shirt has little velcro squares for front fastenings and the trousers have a half elastic pull on waistband instead of a front zip. I sewed a mock fly on the centre front seam though, just in case the jacket pops or she decides to leave it open. The sleeves are intentionally cut on the horizontal as in the photo reference from the movie still. I'm a devil for detail as you probably know by now!

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