My professor of costuming in college said NEVER put a zipper in a costume. If something goes wrong, there is no quick fix. The costume can easily become unwearable.
Why not use a busk in front and lacing in the back? Busks are designed for that very purpose. Without doing the research, I don't think a busk like this was Elizabethan, but the look of a center front seam is not uncommon. It would be easy enough to hide the opening for stage use.
> I have a question for you all, I am making an Elizabethan dress for a plus
> size woman. I am making the size 24 pattern . The pattern calls for grommets
> and lacing but since she needs to get in and out fast I decided to put a
> zipper instead. My question is she is very busty and the pattern calls for
> boning in the bodice front, should I leave out the boning ? Will it look and
> fit better without it? Is Simp pattern number 2589. Thank you for your
- Yes I knew that sorry, not a fan of hook and loop so I will not be using
that. I have the wonder fabric called not sure of spelling - - Foss shape
well it is like foss shape but better, you can sew it and shape it and them
steam it and it hardens to the shape you want. I made the crown for The
Producers out of it and it worked very well. I think I will try that covered
in the same fabric as the bodice with trim yet to be determined. A dear
friend of my who taught costume design at a local university here convinced
me that I will have to make the back of the bodice square and not the v
shape of the pattern in order for the large collar to work . That is what I
was trying to avoid but it is what it is . So I will need to cut a new back
and lining and boning darn it !! Tks for your suggestions and help.
[mailto:TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of vibrina
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:42 AM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: boning
I didn't read your post well the first time. I think they call what you want
an open standing ruffs. And they are Elizabethan or Tudor (not Victorian ;-0
I still think you could make one out of paper, though you might want to try
a stiff rice paper or something with a bit of body or even thin plastic. I
would attach it to the costume at the front with hooks on the ends of the
ruff and bars on the dress front. In the back I would put a hook or two
center back on the ruff and bars on the dress. I guess you could do hook &
loop tape instead--I'm not much of a fan of it.
Anyway here's a page with some tutorials on open standing ruffs:
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<mailto:TheCostumersManifesto%40yahoogroups.com> , "Pat Rohrbach"
>However I would like to make one of those big Victorian collars
> that stand not a ruffle ruff but a stand up hi sort of thing , I don'tknow
> what is called. Any ideas oh and how to attach it to thewant
> bodice quickly. I will be in this dress for 5 min that is all. I don't
> to spend lots of money or time but do want it to pass LOL. Help anyone ??[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> I am supposed to look like Elizabeth the first so the audience instantly
> knows who I am supposed to be.