Tag Archive: 1930’s

Sep 09

1930’s Evening Gown – ‘Fallen Angels’


Production: Fallen Angels NCSU University Theatre – Theatrefest Summer Series, Summer 2012 Costume Designer: John McIlwee Costume Technician: Laura Parker Crafted using Vintage Vogue 2609, in black satin with gold lame accent.  After fitting the toile on the actress, the designer chose to extend out the attached capelet to reach her elbows. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Sep 09

Vintage Vogue 8767 – Red silk 1930’s dress and jacket

'Fallen Angels' - photo by Nick Purdy

The final product! Production: Fallen Angels NCSU University Theatre – Theatrefest Summer Series, Summer 2012 Costume Designer: John McIlwee Costume Technician: Laura Parker The red dress and jacket were built for University Theatre’s production of ‘Fallen Angels’, May 2012.  Made out of lightweight red silk jacquard and organza.  The designer chose to have me use Vintage …

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May 27

Dresses: not just the sum of their parts!


Now that we have our first summer show up and running, I get to concentrate on the second summer show – which goes into first dress rehearsal tomorrow!  Yikes! The same actress who wore this dress will be in play #2, in a smaller role.  She’s playing Miss Framer in ‘Lettice and Lovage’ – I envisioned her …

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May 24

Fallen Angels – Vintage Vogue 2761


In my last post about this dress, I shared the toile that I put together for Julia’s Act III dress in ‘Fallen Angels’.   The designer chose a wonderful sheer polka-dotted chiffon, which looks wonderful on stage.  Out of all of the ‘Fallen Angels’ outfits, I think this one is my favorite! Production: Fallen Angels …

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May 19

McCall’s 7345 – Almost there!


Earlier this month, I posted the first of the toiles I made up for our upcoming production of ‘Fallen Angels’ – an adorable little mid-30’s dress, made using a vintage pattern.  Remember?  Well, since then we had an initial fitting on the actress – there were some modifications that had to be made, which wasn’t …

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May 11

Vogue 8767 – Almost there!


Red silk jacquard suit for ‘Fallen Angels’. Still needs all the finishing work (facings tacked down, snaps, closures, etc.) and the skirt actually is just pinned to the bodice – but it looks good. I’m hoping that the organza will calm down with a good steam…. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

May 04

Vogue 2609 – 1934 evening gown

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The last toile for ‘Fallen Angels’!  I feel like I’ve done nothing but sew muslin for the past week.  Oh, wait… The actual fabric is a lovely, drapey crepe – which should skim over the actress much nicer than the muslin.  Of course, princess-seamed dresses never look quite right until you get them on the …

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May 02

Vintage Vogue – 2761 – Toile


Toile #3 of 5!  This one is a charming day dress with pleated inset panels at the front and back, and a neat tab neckline: And, the toile: I am ridiculously in love with this pattern – it’s utterly adorable.  The designer has chosen a sheer printed chiffon with some nice weight to it – …

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Apr 29

1930’s sheer dress


Production: ‘WMKS: Where Music Kills Sorrow’ – NCSU University Theatre, June 2011. Costume Designer: Jen Dasher Draper/Technician: Laura Parker TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Apr 29

1920’s Silk Voile Jacket


Production: Twelfth Night, NCSU University Theatre, September 2010 Costume Designer: Jen Dasher Draper/Technician: Laura Parker Due to the sheer nature of the silk voile,  the jacket was constructed using a number of different internal finishing techniques, including flat-felled and french seams.  Lots and lots of hand-hemming.  But worth it! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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