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Building Birds, Part 1

March 22nd, 2011
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Currently, my major project in the costume shop is to build the six birds for The Magic Flute.  These photo blogs I am keeping will follow my construction of the bird below, which will be worn by dancer Michelle Thompson.

I will use the rendering by designer Susan Branch to build the bird. The base is a teardrop shaped tutu and I am making the feathered front and tail to go on it.

After a fitting, the inside structure of the tutu bodice is finished out. The white elastics will eventually connect to the skirt.

The bodice is put on a dress form and covered in clear plastic for drafting a pattern.

The pattern for the feathered front piece is finished. The solid, pink line is the finish line for the piece.

The bodice front piece is cut out of three layers of fabric and will be covered in feathers.

Curious to see how the bodice turns out?  I’ll have more for you next week!

Words and photos by Emily Cavasar, Wardrobe Assistant and Shoe Manager.

 

 

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