Many of you many not know, but I was the costume designer for this year’s fall drama at my high school. The show was You Cant Take It With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, a comedy centered around a night at dinner with a crazy family. I knew that I wanted to construct a garment on my own for at least one of the characters, and I chose to do so for Mrs. Kirby, the upper class wife of a successful businessman. I knew that making a gown would not be the easiest process to go through, but I was up for the challenge.
I started by taking the measurements of Kennedy, the lovely actress who played Mrs. Kirby, and buying a dress pattern along with all of the required materials (thread, fabric and lining fabric, a zipper, etc). Consequentially, I cut out all of the parts of the dress in the fabric as well as the lining and followed the pattern directions.
I decided that I wanted to make different sleeves than the ones that came with the pattern so I had to draw out my own. Thus, I cut them out and began sewing the garment together.
Starting with the outer fabric, I attached all of the front parts and sleeves with the pieces of the back on either side. Afterward, I sewed the lining to the inside.
Once all of the parts of the dress were sewn together except the zipper, one side of the sleeves, and the back panels, I had Kennedy try on the garment.
Additionally, I attached the zipper and sleeves.
Once the garment was fully assembled and fit Kennedy perfectly, I cleaned it up by finishing the edges of the sleeves and train. To accessorize, I had Kennedy wear a statement necklace,a fur wrap, black gloves, and heavy makeup to complete the Mrs. Kirby look. She looked absolutely stunning on stage and I cannot wait to design more pieces next fall.
Gorgeous Stage Photos Courtesy of Suzette Lucas
Check out Kennedy’s awesome blog at http://sociallyawkwardsoprano.blogspot.com/