My mother (Mum) is a costume designer and seamstress. She freelances throughout the state designing and building costumes for plays and musicals. She's currently working on a production of the Mel Brook's musical, The Producers.
Mum was unbelieveably helpful and amazing helping me get the dance recital costumes all ready to go - so in return I'm helping her with a small piece of this really big show. There's a scene set in "Little Old Lady Land" where twenty two chorus members are dressed as identical old ladies!
Crazy, right? So while Mum set about making 22 identical dresses, I helped out with the headpieces. Hats and hat forms are expensive, so we had to create hats that weren't actually hats. Plus, Mum wanted something a little more whimsical and even sillier looking than the original production. I used dark blue tulle and some fake flowers... and here's what I came up with...
I built 22 of them last night and now I'm passing them on to Mum at the theatre, where they will be sewn onto the wigs.
You end up with some crazy projects when you're a costumer - or a costumer's daughter for that matter!