For NCSU’s University Theatre production of Dancing at Lughnasa, we’re making some pretty nifty period aprons. The costume designer, Jen Dasher, pulled some catalog images from the 1930′s and passed them off to me to build. If you’re ever bored, 1930′s Sears catalogs are really fascinating glimpses into history – and the ad copy is awesome!
(Three aprons for 79 cents! What a deal!)
From there, I draft a pattern based on the picture she’s provided. For more complicated projects I like to drape things, but since this is pretty basic and geometric, I flat pattered it. (Notice the essential coffee in the background. I don’t costume without coffee.)
The pattern is laid out on the fabric, traced, and cut:
It’s an apron, so it’s not very exciting or complicated – but a few folks were asking what I actually DO. I take pictures and make them into reality. (Well, that, and other things!) It’s actually a pretty freaking awesome job.