This is a square cut shirt, cut to a traditional pattern where all the pieces are square so there is minimal fabric wastage. There are ties at the neck and wrists, and gathered sleeves and neck. This is wholly french seamed with gussets at the neck, armhole and side slits. The back is longer than the front to allow for tucking in.
This is the pumpkin costume from the 2011 Hackney Empire pantomime Cinderella, designed by Lotte Collett. I made this on a work experience placement, out of orange plastazote. I made a pattern from a real pumpkin, having had some trouble with getting it to hang properly, and then shaped each segment with a heat gun. The seams were all reinforced with cotton tape, and the eyes and mouth are cut outs with yellow sprayed panels behind. It is pulled over the head, with head and arm holes, and ends high thigh. After I made it, I spray painted it with red and yellow to make it more 3 dimensional. It was worn in a scene with UV lighting, so the whole thing glowed, while the actor was wearing black so the pumpkin looked like it was dancing.
|The pumpkin pre-spray paint|
|The gradiated colours made it appear more 3D on stage|
|Front view with face cut outs|