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Michelle T

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Date: 5/9/13 1:41 AM

My dd is in a play in a couple weeks. She needs a maids a play in a couple weeks. She needs a maids outfit. I need a relatively simple long dress that I can easily do a I need a relatively simple long dress that I can easily do a FBA on need a relatively simple long dress that I can easily do a FBA on .

I also need to make a long bib apron (I do not think I will need a pattern for that) and a maid's cap.

I am thinking of using a knit for the dress. Then I will not have to worry about wrinkles and the fit will be more forgiving.

I do not have a lot of time to put into the costume (I work 6 days a week), not do I want to invest a lot of money as the theatre group will keep the costume.

Please pass along any suggestions.

Thank you.

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Date: 5/9/13 12:06 PM

What era is the play?

What about something like a long peasant style dress with elastic along the neckline and empire waist? That could easily be done in jersey, and the fit would be forgiving.

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Date: 5/9/13 1:16 PM

I would also add that less fitted (since the group is keeping it) is better.

If she will always be wearing the apron over it, that will form the waist. So a loose fitting, A-line dress is probably your best bet (and just extend the skirt to floor length). If you are going with a knit, I'd say look for something w/ a scoop neck (not too low) - then you don't need any closures!

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Date: 5/9/13 1:53 PM

OK, did some looking, and this seems like the simplest. It's really only a long peasant blouse with accessories, but one of them is for a maid.
S2845

If your DD isn't this small, you can still see the concept, and perhaps do some self drafting.

Personally I wouldn't do a knit, and would probably look for the cheapest black fabric I could find (or grey or whatever color they want the maid to wear). M6465 seems to be perfect for what I am describing. Put an apron and cap over that and your good to go! And be sure to check the broadcloth/batiste for the white (apron/cap fabric) - it's sometimes cheaper than muslin.

Oh, and if you want a cap that's not a cap, try this tutorial!

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Date: 5/9/13 4:09 PM

I help with the costumes for our local ballet company, and our maid costumes are black simple peasant dresses (extended from whatever the pattern was originally) in black cotton/poly broadcloth. Elastic around the neck and sleeves. White caps and white aprons with lace trim. very forgiving, all are one size fits most and they look very effective on stage. They do need ironing but they're nice and lightweight and all in all, easy to sew and maintain.

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Date: 5/9/13 9:08 PM

Thank you for the suggestions.

Meg is a very busty 14 year old, about a size 8 in RTW, except her bust.

I like the idea of a peasant dress. It will be simple and usually they have ample room in the bust.

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