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Gwendolyn-Town Outfit

Added May 28, 2009

by ginifur

Gilbert, Arizona...






This was a costume made for “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. It is a jacket, a skirt, a dickie, and a hat. The jacket is double-breasted with mutton chop sleeves, and is lined on the inside with green so it can be opened and have green lapels with another skirt for a new outfit. It unfortunatly looks scrunched in the picture. The skirt started as a basic gathered skirt. I pulled all the gathering to the back of the elastic and tacked so it would lay nicely over the bustle. I added the bow bustle to the back, as well as the ruffle along the bottom and strips of fabric to channel a traditional embelished victorian skirt. The hat I made by covering a simple cap with the jacket material, and adding buttons, tule, and sequins. The dickie was made by cutting the sleeves from a white button-down shirt and halving the collar to create a mandarin collar popular of the time.

Material Notes

Mostly cotton.





My sister, Mariah, who was the actress

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    Jul 1, 2009, 03.09 AMby luxaeterna

    I love this, very fresh looking although the period is clear.

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    May 30, 2009, 11.33 PMby ginifur

    It was a charachter in the play. All of these costumes were for the same play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which takes place in 1900, so I had to design and make a ton of period pieces.

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    May 30, 2009, 10.50 PMby sew4my3

    Wow! Looks like a lot of hard work! This is just beautiful and I love the color! How did you come up with the name “Gwendolyn” or is that one of the characters names? My daughter’s name is Gwendolyn. Anyway, you did a wonderful job!

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    May 30, 2009, 08.53 AMby safemme

    This is unbelievably adorable! It suits you so well, too! Who would have thought a traditional peice could be so amazing?

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    May 30, 2009, 05.50 AMby benddownboutique

    i love it! i think i would cut the skirt to suit my shortness but yea i think its really awesome and very up-to-date even if its traditionally made =]

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