A Cinderella Gown

I'm helping out with costumes for my school's high school musical production of Cinderella. The director is non-traditional with costumes, using brightly colored modern prom-dresses for the ball scene, and baggy, calico printed dresses of all sorts of different eras for the village scene. There is everything from a Queen wearing a Medieval type gown to Edwardian era mutton sleeves on the Stepsister's dresses. It's interesting...to say the least.  It isn't exactly how I would have costumed the musical...but it isn't my musical, so whatever.

Nearly everything was rented from a local theater, but I was asked to make Cinderella's "Mother's Gown" because it is suppose to be 'torn apart' in the play by the two Stepsisters. We couldn't exactly tear apart rentals, now could we. So, I used the Sense and Sensibility, Elegant Ladies Drawstring Gown Pattern as a base...altered it to open and close in the back for easy on and off capabilities...made a removable sash and a tear away sleeve (with velcro). And voila!

I'm pretty pleased with the results. From close-up, the seams are a disaster because I rushed, and the only thread I had on hand was too light for the fabric, but no one is going notice those things when the gown is worn on stage.

Nothing like a little Regency thrown into the mix of hodge-podge, multi-era fashion, right!
*Oh, and did I mention I am doing this completely on a volunteer basis....so, um, yea!  At least the fabric's being paid for.*


Persuaded said…
I really like how you did this! Velcro sleeves- what a great idea! And the dress is so sweetly pretty too... perfect for Cinderella♥
Turtleheart said…
I just flipped through your blog, I think I have a crush on your fabulous vintage style, and I know that I'm going to like you :)
Jenni said…
Thanks, beautiful ones!

Amelia, I'm so glad that you have a blog now that I can follow. I can't wait to see what you post on it. Diane, you have the sweetest, most-talented daughter in the world!

*By the way, Diane...on a side note...for some strange reason, I can't get into your blog anymore from my home computer, because your blog...or the act of opening it...causes my computer to crash! I've tried several times, and it happened every time. It was a sad, sad, VERY sad day when I discovered that. I can still follow you at work...but only for a quick read during my very short lunch break. I don't get the chance to leave many comments now, but I wanted you to know that I still adore your blog, and read it whenever I can.:-)
Nabila Grace said…
Oh how fun! Aren't you a smart one! Great idea! ;o) keep us posted on the happenings of it! ;o)
Smart move there. You would not want a beautiful, nice gown you paid for to be just torn apart in a musical. Very nice move. =D

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