Melanie from Hitchcock's "The Birds"
Added Oct 31, 2013
I found some wool/poly suit fabric pretty cheap online that closely matched the movie.
I used Simplicity pattern 1609 (1960s retro Jiffy reissue) for the dress. I didn’t use the facing pieces and instead fully lined it. This pattern is very snug. I did the seem allowances at 1/2 instead of 5/8 and it fit just fine.
The jacket was Simplicity 2154, another 1960s reissue. Not the best pattern but the style worked best. I used the front collar pieces (shorted to line up with the jacket shoulder seams) from the blouse and made back facing piece width match the other two pieces for the collar, since this jacket didn’t have one. Getting the armholes to close was tricky. I used bias tape over all the seams to avoid having to line it. The facings stay down in the front ok but the back collar is not so much fun. This is not the most flattering style on me but it’s a costume.
For the belt I followed the tutorial here: http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-fabric-covered-belt . Stupid Joann fabrics only had metal belt buckles and I didn’t have time to order one online by the time I got around to making that part. I bought that belting canvas like stuff instead of using interfacing. It worked out ok.
I found the birds at a dollar store. I had a really hard time finding them. I added extra feathers to make them look like they were attacking mid flight. I also added blood on the beaks. I sewed the birds on the jacket. They had wires on their feet that made attaching them to the wig easy. We move the feet on some of them and I showed ribbon in the holes to hide the white Styrofoam. I also attached one bird to some clear elastic so I could wear it as a bracelet.
The wig I found online. It was too long but I made due. The spiral bobby pins work best on wigs. Left the updo messy so it looked more like I was attacked. Found a vintage purse on etsy for not a lot of money.
wool/polyester suit fabric, lining, bias tape, metal belt buckle, canvas belting.