Sunday, 18 September 2016

Dick Whittington

I'm hard at work on various costume pieces for Dick Whittington at the moment, which is preventing me from doing any historical sewing.  I can't really complain though, as I've been given some wonderful designs and costume props to sink my teeth into.  Alongside costumes for Idle Jack and costumes and wigs for both Sarah the Cook and Ratty King; I've also been asked to make all the rat heads and tails for the ensemble cast.  I've been documenting as I go so will put up a few panto how-to posts once the show has opened.

A sneak peak.

I've also been asked to make some fairy wings, which I'm very excited to have a go at!  I very nearly got the chance to for Sleeping Beauty a few years ago, but the job went to someone else so I've been hankering after an opportunity to give wing making a try.

I've got a Dame fitting on Tuesday that I need to finish a couple of toiles for, but I couldn't resist doing a bit of googling for fairy wing inspiration in my coffee break.


FaeryAzarelle on Deviantart does beautiful wings made from iridescent film and an aluminium frame.  I don't have access to a water jet machine for cutting aluminium, so I'd be tempted to use a thin cuttable plastic sheet for the veins.  I've seen tutorials of other people using cardstock, but I'm not sure how durable that would be - and this does have to hold up for panto!

A couple of other options:

Fairy Godmother Wings from the live action Cinderella film
A very sophisticated take on the old nylon stretch over wire technique, from On Gossamer Wings
Plenty of food for thought, but now I must get back to Sarah's oversized sleeve puffs...

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