The Deconstruction and Reconstruction of a Costume: Creating a Dress Replica for Minnie Mouse
Today I would love to share with you a recent project that I completed for a very special client… the fashionably famous, Mrs. Minnie Mouse!
The Old Dress
The Minnie Mouse character at Princess Party People, had a lovely pink polka dot dress that had become too dingy and worn out for her to make appearances in. The dress was perfect in size and in color, but the fabric needed retiring.
I was hired by the Princess Party People team to make a dress replica. The original dress was dropped off by their staff, and I then recreated a new dress, mimicking the old dress as precisely as possible!
Here is a behind the scenes look at the process:
To recreate a new dress using an existing dress as a template, I first deconstruct the old dress seam by seam. As I remove each portion, I make written notes and technical sketches in my workbook. These notes will be very helpful to me when I reconstruct the new dress!
After the old dress is deconstructed, I trace the old fabric pieces onto paper for the pattern rough draft. I use rulers and measurements to create straight lines, crisp edges, and symmetry. Once the paper patterns are drafted, I can cut out the new material.
Here are a few photos of the old dress pieces next to the new pieces as I begin the reconstruction portion of this project:
The New Dress
Like a puzzle nearing completion, the new Minnie Mouse dress begins to take shape.
Before long, an old, tired dress is replaced by a new ready-to-mingle version!
These types of projects are very fun for me, as I love using a variety of my skills when I am working!
If you have any older clothes or costumes you would like to have reconstructed, send me a message with your ideas!
You can read more about past costume projects of mine by clicking any of the article links below!
Thank you for reading! Have a great day!
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Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am Roxanne Rodriguez Rangel, a Fashion Designer from Northern California. I love all things Fashion, particularly historical fashion! Join me, as I take you around Northern California, covering fashion events and related topics!