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Beatrix Potter Costume - Lady Mouse

Added Sep 12, 2013

by paffx

Wellington, New ...






this was my final work for my costume construction course at toi whakaari. i based it off one of beatrix potter’s drawings from the tailor of gloucester. we had the year to bring a picture to life, and at the end we had costume showcase to show off our results. it was videoed, and you can watch my mouse at – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5c6xjFDO8I.

the costume consists of a bustle, petticoat, gown, apron, neck ruff and the mouse mask. the mask was made by carving a polystyrene block to the shape i wanted and then casting fibre glass over the top. i had to drill and sand out eye and ear holes, added the ears and then stuffed the inside with foam and lined it. the eyes i made myself and give very limited vision out the sides (huge blind spot in the middle) and the eye-holders and ears are made from a material that you can mould when hot water is applied. once those had been attached i cut up an old rabbit fur coat and spray glued that on, then added some pieces of stripped rigilene for whiskers. the last step was to attach the mob cap. :)

photographs are taken by leah reilly, and my model is frith horan.

to see more of my creations / keep up with what i’m doing please feel free to “like” me on facebook – http://www.facebook.com/jessiCATsewing

Material Notes

cotton, polyester, satin, wadding, calico, fleece, rope, hot glue, rabbit fur, lace, ribbon, etc, etc




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Other, Victorian
Cotton, Leather/Fur, Other, Polyester, Satin, Wool

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    Oct 25, 2013, 09.47 PMby pictureit17


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    Sep 16, 2013, 06.03 PMby wassernixe

    incredible!!! it’s wonderful, really a wonderful piece

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    Sep 15, 2013, 11.25 AMby alekat

    wow! this is so amazing. I love costume design – there is something so fun about sewing costumes – you get to go all out with techniques and fabrics. and you made the mask too!

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    Sep 14, 2013, 10.03 PMby arjedre

    Wow! I kept looking at the pictures to convince myself that this is life-size and there’s really a person in there. Holy crap!

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    Sep 14, 2013, 12.03 AMby smallone

    blown away!!! truly amazing!

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    Sep 13, 2013, 07.13 PMby Pepper Toast

    SHUT UP!!!! (I’m utterly speechless)

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    Sep 13, 2013, 07.50 AMby macska

    This is absolutely amazing!!! I love it!!! So much detail and so amazingly done it doesn’t even look real. I’m very very impressed (and a bit intimidated too, haha! You have mad skills!)

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    Sep 13, 2013, 06.03 AMby marrrija

    Oh, dear… This is truly amazing. The materials, the work, the effort you’ve put in it – I must call it a Masterpiece!

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    Sep 13, 2013, 05.52 AMby bethmaryharley

    Wow! This is incredible! I think you are very very talented indeed!

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    Sep 13, 2013, 02.57 AMby mazkwok

    I was like " wow". This is art!

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    Sep 12, 2013, 08.10 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    When I looked at the first photo I thought this was a small doll then after I loaded all the photos I realised it is a full sized costume and I am just blown away, the detail is amazing, well done! Do you have an exhibition at the end of your course? I would love to this in real life.

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    Sep 12, 2013, 07.40 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh my god i’m gubsmacked at how fabulous this is. You have done an incredible job of tnis and its quite simply beautiful work x

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      Sep 12, 2013, 10.47 PMby paffx

      Thank you so much!

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    Sep 12, 2013, 02.02 PMby mokosha

    this is insane! a masterpiece! i love every bit of it, great work!

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      Sep 12, 2013, 10.47 PMby paffx

      I’m glad you love it, thank you! :D

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    Sep 12, 2013, 01.47 PMby Deanna31

    What an amazing work of art! If I didn’t see the close ups I wouldn’t have thought it was real. Fantastic job on the outfit and the head piece.

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      Sep 12, 2013, 10.48 PMby paffx

      Maybe the best compliment she’s ever gotten – thank you! :)

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