Don Bluth's Thumbelina
Last Updated: 02-02-2014
Thumbelina holds a special place in my heart; it's a movie that I watched over and over again as a child and continue to love to this day. I started this costume over a year ago, made some progress, decided I didn't like how it was turning out, and moved on to other things for a while. Recently, I decided to pick it back up and started at ground zero. I purchased all new fabrics- chiffon for the skirt, silk dupioni for the waist cincher, and embroidered material for the blouse- and got to work.
To get the ball rolling, I tackled the biggest component first- the skirt. I took some inspiration from Alphonse Mucha and decided I wanted to imitate the elegant, sinuous drape with which he depicts gowns. I chose to work with chiffon as it just the right texture to achieve that look. I bought 12 yards with which I constructed 3 circle skirts; I decided against any type of lining so as not to disrupt the flow of the chiffon. I also wanted the skirt to be ever-so-slightly sheer, rather like the way Rose's "swim" dress from end of Titanic appears.
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