Fezziwig Costume Workshop
Hints, Help and Resources to Create Your Dickens Faire Costume
members Danine Cozzens, Jana Keeler and Sally Norton met with volunteers
planning to participate at Fezzigwigs at Dickens Faire this year. It was
an informal gathering where we could answer questions, display costumes,
offer practical hints, and share resources.
Danine Cozzens shows how a pretty ribbon and charming smile turns a plain straw bonnet in a perfect accessory.
Keeler made this pretty day dress from a vintage Simplicity pattern. She
brought it to the workshop for display and ended up selling to this young
lady who was in need of a dress and short on sewing time (a situation
familiar to all of us). Look for the dress swirling on the dance floor at
Read Jana's review of this pattern in The Great Pattern Review. Jana found this pattern on eBay priced at under $5.
|We had the
gentlemen very much in mind when we put the materials for this workshop
together. We encouraged the fellas to bring in costume pieces they planned
to use, fabrics, photos, ideas and questions. They brought all of the
above and more.
Here we discuss the merits of a thrift shop find.
of the display costumes used to illustrate fabric, pattern, fit, closure,
types of trim and placement of trim.
We had examples of easy-to-sew costumes pieces suitable for a beginner as well as intermediate and advanced projects.
Among the ideas we proposed: make a simple gathered skirt and bolero jacket decorated with an inexpensive (and historically accurate) loop braid. Buy a mid 19th century white cotton blouse from one of the costume dealers selling online. This way you spend money on the one part of the costume requiring higher sewing skills and you make the easy pieces.
|We had bags of fabrics to look over and discuss. Since all the Fezziwig volunteers take on the role of a specific character from Charles Dickens' works, we added one more consideration into the mix. We talked about fiber content, weave, color and prints; then we moved on to character. We asked questions: Who is your character? What is his/her income and social strata?|
Anyone have too many books? Nah. Dumb question. We looked at books, made
lists, suggested favorites and shared titles.
We prepared a handout for all the Fezziwig
participants. It included book titles, pattern recommendations, sources
for fabrics, feathers, trims, socks, suspenders, hats, hankies and more.
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