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The Making of "Penny the Piano" Costume: DAY TWO

Follow each day and see how 15 year old Lainey, designs and makes the "Penny" costume for the book "Penny the one of a kind Piano" which was recently turned into a musical to be performed at the Snapple theater in New York City, and in D.C. at the Lincoln Center.
Day Two: Today was the "official day" of starting this awesome challenge. The three of us spent several hours pinning, cutting, and measuring, and then some more pinning, cutting, and measuring.

The making of Penny the piano costume.

While Lainey and Jessica came up with a plan of making an under skirt into a square shaped frame for the actress to wear to look like a piano (see below) , I pinned and cut out the bodice and began piecing it together. Since we are not sure if we are going to be able to make this into a full gown, we extended the bottom about 2" just incase we may have to have this as a top and "tuck it in" the skirt. This is not what we want. We do want to make this into a full gown, but with adding the wood under skirt, we may not be able to. Only time will tell.

I did the easy part of constructing the bodice by using patterns, Jessica and Lainey had the difficult task of measuring, cutting wood, cutting fabric, sewing wood into fabric, and creating the under skirt to look like two boxes on each hip. Here's their plan and what they worked on:

The making of Penny the Piano costume. Yes, we cut our own wood!
They took a Burda pattern, 18th century period Marie Antoinette Style type of gown and adjusted the underskirt that was round, to form a square that would be placed on the hips of the actress.
Once measurements were made, casings were pressed and sewn in strips to hold the wood.
Lainey sewing all the rows of casings for the wood to go in.
The making of Penny the Piano costume. Almost done one side! We can't wait to get this under skirt together.

Lainey was given lots of work to do at home for the next two days. She has to put darts in the sleeves and sew the side seams of each sleeve, cut out all the skirt pieces of the gown out, and stuff the box they created. We are meeting up again on Monday, ... can't wait.



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