Hail to the King!

Midnight Costume Services is finally at the end of a long run of Costumes for an Entertainment Park, and this job comes to a close with a Panto! Dick Whittington… and I thought I’d share the process of making some of the pieces, like King Rats Tail Coat!

Easily my favorite Costume to make so far, I decided to loosely Hand Tailor the Tailcoat to support a couple of incredibly dramatic Shoulder Pads. To get the right look I played about with layering existing Shoulder Pads and felt but in the end- even though it was more work- I had to resort to a more traditional technique and ended up layering the felt in decreasing sizes to build up a pointed, exaggerated Shoulder. As you can see in the first picture using the existing Shoulder Pads looked super clunky!

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Using a mixture of hand stitching, machine stitching and a little bit of glue, each Shoulder Pad has about 20 layers of felt and is quite malleable, allowing me to gently sculpt a curve. I haven’t some this in a while and I was super pleased with the results!

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I found some (pretty disgusting, but amazing for the purpose!) quilted fabric which I thought looked a little like Bin Bags… it’s the kinda thing I thought the King of Rats’ would have a tailored jacket out of!! In a concession to the performers I created the sleeves from a stretch Leather- which is why they look a little like they’re pulling- but means the Jacket will fit multiple performers and wont restrict movement.

The mannequin this is pictured on is a little too large, but I think it still looks majestic!

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I find Panto a difficult beast to design for, I want to do character analysis to find their motivation and design around that, which doesn’t really work here. It’s all a bit too tongue in cheek, shiny and primary coloured for me but in starting with King Rat I helped myself a lot! Deciding that as a character he would have had quilted and embroidered bin bags fashioned in to a Tailcoat got me on my way.

I also fashioned medals and ribbons for the lapel, because of course he would be decorated!, and used lace and matt black sequins to applique and embroider detailing in the lapel and jacket. With a final sprinkling of darkly glittery hot stones and a Top Hat I think he turned out to be quite the dandy!

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The hat was hand stitched and created using strips and fragments from the Tail Coat machine embroidered on, with layers of sparkly net and sequins overlayed. Slightly battered- he does live in the sewers after all!-the ears were made from faux fur, a lot of dye and sprayed dye.

As I have a commission to create a White and Gold Louis XVI Sun King Tail Coat I am really pleased this turned out so well. The Sun King Tail Coat will have to be much more viciously tailored to create a base for a spectacular Gold Feathered Shoulder Piece, and I can’t wait to share it!!

Happy stitching!

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Good afternoon, lovely people! I do hope it’s a little less grey where you are than it is here. We keep getting little flashes of sunshine, and patches of blue sky though so I am hopeful!

Now, I have some exciting news today… Laura After Midnight is open for Bespoke Mini Top Hat, Corset and Costume orders!!

Having been hard at work finishing several commissions, I am now able to start taking on orders again! Whatever your hearts desire, and where ever in the World you are, we can stitch you up something gorgeous and send it off with a bow on it! One of the things I love about being a Costume Designer and Interpreter is the many, many different directions this job can take me! Please do  not hesitate to contact me however big or small your request! Below are some pictures of just some of the many, many wonderful pieces I have created for people, and for sale on Etsy, over the last few years…

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Mini Top Hats… … … from £45 +P&P. Order time 7-10 days. Price includes design consultation and all materials.

 

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Bespoke Costuming. Price on application, order time up to 6 weeks. From Elven Jerkins, to Cosplay and Steampunk corsets, Dragons and more, whatever you can imagine we can create! Womenswear and Menswear orders are now being taken, we have made pieces for Feature Films, and private customers alike, and will happily work to your budget.

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Bespoke Corsetry… … … prices from £95 +P&P. Order time 2-3 weeks. Price includes design consultation, illustrated design and all materials. Gorgeous Silks, Satins and Embroidery with overlays of Sequins and Lace, who wouldn’t want their own custom made Corset?

I am so excited to see what you have in store for me! Please do not hesitate to contact me at laura@lauraaftermidnight.com for all enquiries.