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Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log

datcat23

Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« on: January 30, 2021, 23:07:55 PM »
I have a major project for the year.  DD is a primary school teacher, and book week is in August.  Usually making anything for her is a last minute rush, so I am pushing her to decide ahead of time, so it can be planned for.  Given the theme "old worlds, new worlds, other worlds", I have suggested, and she agree's with, Mary Poppins.

Now, the components are walking skirt, frilly white blouse, red necktie, longline jacket, white gloves, umbrella, hat with flowers, and carpet bag,.  (not my photo - source  https://www.surfandsunshine.com/diy-mary-poppins-costume/



Given its a costume and doesn't need to be strictly period accurate, I am working on the premise of using existing patterns to get the "feel".  She would love an 1890's walking skirt, so I am wondering if I should splash out for the pattern  (if I do, where do I get it?).  Otherwise I have a 6 gore pattern (style D), I could add an extra pleated panel to the back .... WDYT?  The jacket is a complete mystery, and I will tackle that after the skirt. 

I would love to hear any suggestions, and recommendations of patterns.  Given she doesn't like wool (and its too hot here, even in winter), suggestions of fabric would be great too.

Possible skirt pattern - Simplicity 5914 - view D adding extra width to the centre back gore to be taken up in pleats.  Possible issues, it doesn't have a waistband.  If I interline the fabric, and give it a faced hem for the swish factor, then it might need more support than a faced waistband could give. 



This project may require me to break my fabric diet, but oh well, it probably wouldn't have lasted anyway.  :devil:




The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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b15erk

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2021, 14:31:11 PM »
@datcat23 , how exciting!  We are doing similar projects! :dance:

Mine is for littlies Bert and Mary at the Races, but glad that this time the children want the Julie Andrews version!

I did the coat, skirt and blouse last year for Lilya, but it was for the Emily Blunt MP.  I did love doing it though, and although the bag was hard work as I made my own fabric, it's still going strong!

Really excited to see what you come up with, and maybe steal some ideas... :|  ;)

Following with interest!  :thumbsup: :)

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2021, 21:04:28 PM »
True to her autistic soul, since I suggested Mary Poppins as a costume (3 days ago), my daughter has researched both the movies and the books, done a comparison of the costumes, including the descriptions in the books, and purchased a set of books for her classroom. After all that research, she has decided that the skirt should be a deep blue, although not with piping, as one of the movie costumes is. if we can find a suitable jacket when thrift shopping (in which case black will be fine) great, otherwise, I should plan to do a blue jacket as well.

I put on a pair of my linen pants this morning, and it occurred to me that a nice heavy linen could do well for the skirt.  Although, she doesn't iron, so that aspect may be a problem.  Still thinking about that one. 
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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Sonatine

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2021, 01:03:40 AM »
If you're interested in an 1890s walking skirt pattern I can recommend the Black Snail Patterns Edwardian fan-skirt, available as a pdf on Etsy. It goes together beautifully, you just need to be aware that it's sized strangely (based off body measurements but taking into account a waist reduction from wearing a corset) so you'd have to cut a size up without a corset.

Bodgeitandscarper

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2021, 09:53:35 AM »
Thinking about the skirt, many, many years ago I used to just use petersham ribbon turned to the inside if they didn't have a waistband.

datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2021, 03:41:36 AM »
So breaking my fabric diet  :boohoo:, I picked up some navy suiting today, off the half price rack at my local lincraft.  I should have enough for both a skirt and jacket.

I also picked up some bemsilk lining, however, I am concerned that this doesn't have enough weight for the skirt, and I should line with something firmer. 

Thoughts?   :thinking:
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2021, 21:34:28 PM »
After a short delay, I have started on the muslin for the walking skirt. 

For this incarnation, I have taken the centre back panel of the skirt pattern, traced out a flat copy (the pattern piece was supposed to be cut on the fold), and then cut out two of them instead of one.  This gave me a centre back seam where I will be inserting an invisible zip (pattern has a side zip).  The front is exactly as per the pattern.  The back has 6 x 2cm pleats inserted, 3 each side of the centre back zip.  I will be adding a firm waistband, as the back will be quite heavy, however I will need to try it on her first, to get an idea if I need to adjust at any point.   I can see her wanting it longer though ..... she's 5'10, so this is probably going to fall below the knee on her. 

Front
walking skirt muslin by Dani, on Flickr

Back
walking skirt muslin by Dani, on Flickr

it fits Alice (DDs dressform), so i am fairly hopeful that there won't be a lot to do to the waist area.   
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2021, 20:39:10 PM »
DD came over for a fitting yesterday, and now I am debating if I need to continue with this version.

The skirt fits perfectly, at this point.  I haven't added a waistband, and I wonder if I should, just to make sure I have it sitting right.  Opinions welcome. 

Walking skirt muslin - fitting by Dani, on Flickr

The fullness at the back isn't huge.  I had thought she might want more, but she is very happy with it. 

Walking skirt muslin - fitting by Dani, on Flickr

As expected, she wants it longer.  I am thinking about 2 inches will do it.  I was expecting that she might want me to finish off this version, but mismatched checks are too much for her.  This one will go into the bin when I am done. 
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2021, 11:55:54 AM »
Progress shots all round. 

Today I started the Mary Poppins skirt.  In fact, I got a lot more done today, than I expected to get done.  All skirt panels cut out (adding 4 inches to the pattern length, to have it at ankle length), both outer fabric and interlining.  I got all the panels lined, the front stitched together, and the back together, including zip, and pleats.  I have drafted off the pattern pieces for the front and back hem facing, but I won't be doing that, until the skirt has hung for a while, and the waistband is in place. I would have got the sides done too, but I need to draft up a set of pockets and put them in first.

Back, prior to pleats being inserted.

Navy walking skirt by Dani, on Flickr

I am ridiculously happy with my zip insertion.

Navy walking skirt by Dani, on Flickr

And pretty little pleats.

Navy walking skirt by Dani, on Flickr

DD came over for dinner tonight, and we used the opportunity to check the length.  She thinks she will wear this for normal wear, which is a lovely compliment from her (she's autistic, so often misses the mark when appreciating things).  I will probably make her a below the knee version though, once I have finished the costume. 
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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fajita

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2021, 13:12:53 PM »
It looks lovely. Love the swing on the back. Very nice.

datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2021, 05:50:05 AM »
Back to the skirt again.

Today's task was to draft up a pocket pattern piece, and set them into the side seams.  I used the interlining fabric for the pocket bags, as its a bit sturdier than the suiting.  That being said, I didn't want the fabric to peek, so stitched on a strip of the suiting first, so thats what will show when she puts her hand in the pocket. Nice deep pockets, big enough for a mobile phone.  I lengthened the top so they would catch in the waistband, as this skirt is quite high waisted. 

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

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datcat23

Re: Mary Poppins Costume - Project Log
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2021, 05:54:33 AM »
All thats left is the waistband and hem.   I will probably tackle the waistband tomorrow.  I plan to have a fairly narrow one, strengthened with twill tape, as this skirt has some heft to it.  And it will be warm. 

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr

I sometimes wonder if I over-engineer things.  DD's costumes from when she was in primary school, are probably still going strong.  I just can't bring myself to bodge anything.

Mary Poppins costume by Dani, on Flickr
The barefoot seamstress:  smelling vaguely of lavender and mothballs, and desperately craving chocolate.

2021 Fabric Fast:  Metres used: 20  Items Made:  10     Upcycles: 4   Howling disasters:  2