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English Touring Opera Costumes

English Touring Opera Costumes created in my home studio set up for an in-house filmed production of Ariadne. These pieces comprise two separate crop tops and one pair of tulip-shaped wrap-around trousers. The real challenge for this project involved making the rust coloured garments out of four deconstructed ASOS dresses. Rather than simply laying out pattern pieces on a flat piece of fabric, this involved a fair amount of piecing together in the preparation stages. I was challenged with drafting a pattern to fit the provided fabric rather than buying fabric to fit the pattern!

I took the zipper out of one dress to re-use as a fastening at the side of the trousers and put lightweight interfacing in the waistband to provide extra support. The dark brown crop top is made from a dyed cotton voile and both tops are fastened with poppers.
Despite being tricky to control, I always love the movement and flow that comes with making outfits from sheer fabrics – it makes it worth the effort! I also enjoyed the challenge of drafting a flaring pattern that had to fit within the constraints of the material I had available. These English Touring Opera costumes were a real treat to make and I was absolutely in love with the result.

This project was supervised ande designed by Laura Jane Stanfield. Still images captured from ETO’s ‘Ariadne’, available to watch for free on their website here.

More examples of my costume making work can be found on the costume portfolio page.

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