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Making Clothes for Yessica at Makeplace

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Makeplace Website (specialist workspace)

Sally and Anastacia at Makeplace in Norwich

© Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Please do not copy or download images/text. Image of Yessica puppet has been blanked out as I want the outfit to be a surprise and won’t come out until the film is launched.

I have been making Yessica’s clothes for a while now and have not found it easy as I am not really a dressmaker and my skills are limited. I have already made one dress and did not like it and ended up making a little dress from one of the belts from my skirt. I am really pleased with it. I have also made a separate skirt to go under the dress/tunic. I have spent quite a considerable amount of time choosing material for her frills and for the rest of her outfit. Attention to detail is very important.

I decided to get help with making the main construction of the sleeves/top which goes under the dress and her trousers. I wanted to learn how to do this and also do as much of it myself as possible rather than hire someone to make her outfit completely. I discovered this great place on Magdalen Street called Makeplace. They run many different courses on how to make things. They also offer one to one tutor sessions and they have a lovely bright and spacious work space. It has a lovely atmosphere and I would recommend it as a great place to learn and be creative.

I booked two 3 hour sessions to make some clothing for Yessica and the coat of the Magician later on in a few weeks time. The tutor Sally Hepple, was really nice and very skilled in dressmaking. We spent a long time talking and trying out different methods for the sleeves. Unfortunately I had bought material which was not suitable for the puppet as it was too thick. I had to go next door to their shop and purchase some new material. I could not get the exact material I wanted but settled on a mustard coloured satin type material. You have to be careful with colours and with material that has a shine when making puppets for stop motion animation.

Sally made a pattern for the top with sleeves and she used the sewing machine to make it. I hand sewed part of the top and applied some fray liquid to the fabric to stop it fraying.

The time went very quickly but we managed to make the top with sleeves. I just have to finish it off at home by adding frills to the sleeves and putting a clasp on the back.

Sally made the little trousers for Yessica. They were quite hard and fiddly to do as they are so small. We had to keep adjusting the width of the legs to make them tighter so it was quite hard to turn them inside out to work on them. I just have to finish off at home, add frills, hems and clasps.

I would like to thank Sally for her help, she was really nice to work with and I enjoyed chatting to her.


Author: Anastacia

I am a freelance Animator and Illustrator. I am a Director/Producer and Animator of the Yessica's Journey Animation Project

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