Every year we perform a musical and one of the highlights for me as a theater mom and seamstress is I get to make costumes! I love sewing and when I can sew for a show or for a music reason it is awesome! This year was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and I was able to recreate Veruca's red dress. The first step is to find a sewing pattern that I can manipulate to look like what the character needs. I wanted to make the dress out of Pont de Roma fabric so it moved with the actress. Then I remembered the Marianne Dress by Christine Haynes, it is perfect because it also had a peter pan collar.
The peter pan collar did have some issues. I did not want a t-shirt binding. Also, the back of the collar did not have a collar. I drafted a back collar piece and since the opening was not stretchy, I created a keyhole with a button and loop closure.
I lengthened the sleeves and used the cuffs from the pattern for long sleeves. Next, we added the buttons! We also added ribbon for the waistband that goes across the front and back.
I used tape to give myself a guide for all of the front buttons. Then I had a guide for my buttons.
They turned out great and then I added cuffs to the sleeves and buttons on the cuffs.
As soon as she put the dress on she started acting in character, that is a sure sign that we got it right!
I love sewing for the theater. I could see myself doing that after I retire from music teaching.
Best wishes and tons of stitches.