- Ah, yes, invisible zippers...their own special kind of hell. Our designer loves to get dresses that have these in them, and as soon as we get them, we start ordering zippers to replace them. Usually, before the first replacement zipper has arrived, we've already had at least one invisible zipper die on us, and on a really bad day, we've had three of them die in the same afternoon (when you're doing three shows a day, and each show has a dozen or so costume changes in it, stuff like that happens).
My first year working for the park, our designer (different designer back then) had picked out these red two-piece womens suits for one of the dance numbers...problem was, they had no stretch to the material to speak of, and the closure was an invisible zipper up the seat. They destroyed the first one in less than a week, and I could see why, looking at the choreography...but the production manager wouldn't let me replace them with a heavier zipper because she was afraid it would ruin the look of the pants (even though you can't see the zipper when they're wearing the jacket, which was always...)
Two weeks and four zippers later, she finally relented. Put in a parka zipper. Didn't have to do another repair on those outfits for the rest of the season.
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "thecostumersmanifesto" <thecostumersmanifesto@...> wrote:
> And in the late 1960s everyone had a brief enthusiasm for "invisible" zippers for stage, which we all tried and then ended up having one of these two scenarios (usually the second one) happen and scar us for life.
- 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:
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
<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.