Is it obsessive? Is it compulsive? Is it strange? To create for a living and still feel the need to create more? Perhaps.
The work on this page is more expressive than my professional work allows. I often find myself on a soapbox when I see the phrase "costumes by," because the singular name that follows so rarely acknowledges or credits my work or the work of the team.
On this page, however, costumes are, indeed, by me. Making is absolutely one of my greatest passions, and who better to test my ideas upon than myself?
Corseted Blazer Ensemble
This ensemble is a triumph of pattern matching and melding corsetry with traditional tailoring techniques.
The blazer has no visible bone channels on the outside and is instead s fully corseted in the lining. It laces closed at Center Front- there is no busk and no opening in the back. The lacing panel is hidden beneath the buttoned front, and the fronts are still fully canvased. It produces a waist suppression of 4.5 inches, creating a 16" difference between chest and waist.
Paisley Two-Piece Ensemble
The Double-breasted vest is pattern matched across the center front, and is fitted via a shaped dart in the front and highly shaped Center Back seam.
The high-waisted trousers feature pattern-matched patch pockets shaped like paisley motifs. To help feature the pattern necessarily being broken down the sideseam, I used black satin flat piping to accentuate the length of the outseam and further tie the pants to the vest.
"Walking Skirt" Pants and Vest
I created this look to wear to Trinity Rep's opening of "Gem of the Ocean." These pants were patterned and built to mimic the cut and silhouette of a walking skirt from the late 1800's to early 1900's.
The vest plaid is cut to line up with the trousers and has a silver linen lapel bound in black linen.
"Peaked Lapel Blazer"
This blazer happened because I was feeling nostalgic about the Watteau I had made years prior out of the same fabric. I was sitting on some leftover yardage, and decided to build myself this double-vented, peaked lapel blazer with mint suede lapels.
As with most of my endeavors, it is a labor of love in pattern matching, and the vents in the back allowed me to produce a more nipped-in fit than what is standard with most blazers I can find for myself commercially.