I've been doing a variety of things, one of which was to create a waistcoat for the production, 'Much Ado About Nothing' designed by Eleanor Bull. I worked on this waistcoat with a friend, Rebecca Box, I produced a pattern, mock up and the base of the waistcoat and Rebecca applied the vast amounts of surface decoration and all professional finishing techniques.
This was the design that was handed to me a week and half before the show took to stage.
This is my mock up of the waistcoat measured to fit the actor who wore this. Button placement and shape of the hem was decided at this point. A fitting was then conducted and nothing needed altering - my pattern skills are improving!
This was the start of the waistcoat before I handed it over to Rebecca to complete. The fabric was exceptionally tricky to use in my opinion and kept falling apart, but you get what you are given and make do!
The finished outcome, Rebecca finished off the insides to prevent any irritation for the actor. She also applied all of the surface decoration that is visible, the gold trim around the armholes, neckline, hem and up the button stand and created the button loops while attaching the buttons too plus she created the fastening!
This is just one of the things I've been working on, I'm currently working on 5 different projects that are proving to be exciting and really worthwhile.
Wish me luck!