I made these last week, intending for them to be one of my quick morning projects. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, no. It took me twice as long as I intended-- four hours instead of two. I think I just moved way too leisurely to get them done before lunch. ALMOST!! I think with more practice it will get faster. But, for the time being, I'm calling panniers a two-day project. Not bad, though! I'm pretty pleased they are done to completion, useable, and pretty. Win!
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So, does this experience make me want to be a "real" costume designer? People always tell me I should be in Hollywood, or working for an opera or something. Hhhmmm, lemme think... OH HELL NO. Are you kidding me? It takes a special kind of crazy/awesome to be a real costume designer. There is no way I could do what damekaris and fearga (and probably a few others reading this) do. I'm content to sit back and enjoy the fruits of their labor-- and such lovely fruits, this play had lots of glamorous costumes put together by Karis, especially loved the blingy rhinestone cream fringe dress! Wow! Anyway, I loved making the gown for the stage, and I loved seeing it up there, and I loved getting so many compliments from complete strangers, and I would absolutely do it again if asked. But, nope, I'm following a much smaller path and I'm happy.
Thank you, damekaris and Janet!
Oh, the underskirt. Look at that thing! It’s a magnificent Rococo Monster! I’m not even using a full size pannier, those are just pocket hoops under there! It’s enormous and I adore it.
The pattern is my own, and still needs some perfecting, but I was inspired by these extant petticoat examples:
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I made a pair of pocket hoop panniers for Lina. I can’t build the dress without these little pretties as a foundation. I love pocket hoops, so easy to wear and maneuver around in. You can sit in chairs, go through doors, drive a car, squeeze by the folks blocking the buffet table and stash your swag… all real life stuff that needs dealing with while in costume. They’re brilliant little contraptions.
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