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Product & Pictorial Work Log
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September 13, 2016
5:00 pm -5:45 pm
This evening I went to my project facilitator’s house to discuss the beginnings of my senior project. I told her I was planning to make a dance costume, and knowing her experience asked if she thought she could help. I told her everything I would need from her as my facilitator. I also talked to her about the dance and my duet partner. We brainstormed about what the costume might look like, and shared with her the ideas I already had. I asked her what stores she had had success from purchasing costume pieces in the past.
While I was speaking with my facilitator I realized it would take more looking around for pieces than what I had originally planned. After she spoke with me about the different websites she had bought costumes from before, I knew I would have a lot of options regarding where to buy the shorts that I was planning to attach to the skirt. I thought that purple would be a nice color for the costume because the song is called “Under the Water”, and blue would be too predictable, whereas purple is a similar color, and would not be too predictable.
In this picture, I had just talked with my facilitator about helping me with my senior project. She told me she would be able to help due to her experience with making dance costumes.
October 15, 2016
2:30 pm -3:30 pm
This afternoon I went to American Eagle at Towne Center mall to look at their bralette tops. I knew which bralette tops I was looking for because my duet partner and I had found specific ones online that we liked. I found the two tops in the clearance for a very low price.
I decided to go with bralette tops because they are very popular for dancers to wear. They are easy to add stones to that make them look more like costumes, and the lace is a pretty detail to have included in a costume. Also, both my duet partner and I have worn bralette tops for dances before, so I knew that they would work well. I was surprised at how many choices there were, but was relieved when I found the ones I was looking for. There were two available in the small size that we both needed. I felt pleased when I was able to get both for $8 each.
In this image I am at American Eagle looking for tops. Although this color was not what I was looking for, I was glad to see there were many options.
December 29, 2016
1:00 pm -1:30 pm
This afternoon I searched the web to find shorts that would match the color of the bralette tops I had purchased from American Eagle. I visited several websites including discountdance.com, dancewearsolutions.com, and bdancewear.com. I ended up purchasing the shorts from dancewear solutions.
As I was looking on the various websites, my biggest concerns were finding shorts that would fit well and were the correct shade of purple. As I was looking through the choices, I was surprised at how many shades of purple were available to choose from. At this point, I had the bralette tops, so I held them up to the computer screen to make sure the colors matched. After the shorts came in, the colors were slightly different. I learned that online shopping does not provide a good idea of the authentic color. Luckily, although the colors were not a match, they coordinated well.
This image is me looking for shorts that would match with the tops I had already purchased from American Eagle.
January 10, 2017
1:00 pm -3:15 pm
This afternoon I went to JoAnne’s fabric and Hobby Lobby to look for fabric to make the skirt I planned to attach onto the shorts. After finding the fabric at JoAnne’s that would work best, I had to call the Douglasville JoAnne’s location because Kennesaw did not have enough of that fabric. Douglasville had what I needed, and was able to ship the fabric to my house within a few days.
I was surprised at how many choices of purple fabric were available including the many choices that would never work for my purposes. The fabrics available at both stores varied in texture, thickness, shades of purple, and many other factors. It was difficult to sift through the many aisles of fabric and find the options that might work. Because my bralette top and shorts were slightly different shades of purple, it was important that I found a third shade of purple that tied all the shades together. I eventually found what I was looking for in a chiffon fabric.
In this picture, I am looking at purple fabric in JoAnne’s for the skirt I was planning to create. I ended up asking a woman who worked there which she thought would work best.
January 13, 2017
5:00 pm -5:45 pm
This afternoon I drove to my facilitators house. I brought over the bralette tops I had purchased from American Eagle, the shorts I had purchased from dancewear solutions, and the chiffon fabric I had bought from JoAnne’s. We discussed my purchases, and I talked more with her about what I wanted to do. During this meeting, I came up with a new plan that would work better than what I was currently working towards.
As I showed my facilitator the costume plan, she had lots of commentary and advice to give to me. I was most concerned with the shades of purple all coordinating, and she told me that they worked well. I was relieved to hear that all the colors coordinated and worked to create a uniform costume. My facilitator advised me to come up with a new plan because I would need to hem the chiffon fabric that I bought. Knowing that I did not have any experience with sewing, she told me it would be best to use a fabric that is better suited for a beginner. As I was shopping, my main focus was finding the correct color. I was unaware that I needed to also pay attention to the type of fabric because some were easier than others to work with. She was able to suggest tulle because this is an easy fabric to work with. Luckily, I had a previous costume made out of tulle, so we came up with the idea that we could cut apart the previous costume and create a half skirt from it. My facilitator suggested I buy four bralette tops so I could cut the lace off the two extra ones and attach it to the skirt. She said this would create a nicer, more polished look. Since I had purchased the purple tops from the clearance section, two more would not be available. I would need to find a different color to work with.
In this picture, I am showing my facilitator my current ideas and discussing with her my new plan.
January 14, 2017
11:30 am -12:15 pm
The next day after learning I would need to come up with a plan B in less than a month, I searched on American Eagle’s website and dancewear solutions to find new bralette tops and shorts that would work better. After finding the items for the new plan, I composed an email to send to my facilitator asking her if she thinks I should purchase them. I bought the new items after she said they would work.
After working with the purple tops and shorts, I knew I wanted to chose a color that would be easier to work with. I knew that the old tulle costume I was planning to cut apart was gray, so I would need to find gray shorts. I also thought blue worked well with gray. Although I did not originally want to use blue because it was too predictable, I knew the blue and gray combination would work well. It did not take me as long to find what I was looking for this time because I had done this once before, but also because I had the plan in my head, and I knew what I was looking for. I was happier with the new style of bralette tops because they had a more interesting back than the last tops. I was excited about the see- through lace along the back of the bralette tops, because the last tops was mostly a strap on the back.
In this picture, I am composing an email to my facilitator asking for her ideas before I purchase the new items after searching online for these pieces.
January 26, 2017
3:30 pm -8:30 pm
This afternoon I drove over to my faciliator’s house with the new bralette tops and shorts that had come in the mail. This day I wanted to get her approval that the tops and shorts would work, and that the project was moving along like I thought. I planned with her the new outfit, and sewed the tulle fabric onto the lace waistband. I also made the headpieces this day.
When I brought my new supplies to my facilitator’s house, she thought the colors worked really well. She thought it was good how I bought extra bralette tops that I could add to the shorts because she said this would tie the two pieces together. I tried on the shorts and decided where I wanted to use the extra lace from the bralettes on the shorts. After pinning the lace onto the shorts in the correct place, I began making the new skirts. First I cut apart the tulle off the old costume. I made it three layers thick, then I pinned the layers into place, and hand sewed the layers using thick and stretchy thread. This stretchy thread was important to use because it allows mobility which is important for a dance costume. I didn’t realize this kind of thread existed. After sewing the tulle skirt to the waistband, I used leftover scraps from the tulle and the lace bralette I repeated the process to make a second skirt. to make the headpiece.
In this picture I am hand sewing the waistband to the skirt. The hardest part was not keeping it in place after removing the pins.
February 4, 2017
1 pm- 1:30 pm
This day I drove to JoAnne’s to return the chiffon fabric I had purchased for the purple costume I was not going to make. I also drove to American Eagle to return the first bralettes.
This was an easy thing to do, although it was a little frustrating. Through this process I learned that all fabrics are different from each other, and that some are easier to work with than others. It is important as a beginner, because you do not have the experience, to research and make sure the plan you have will work. I was able to get all my money back because I had intentionally kept all my receipts in case something like this happened.
In this picture, I am returning the purple fabric I did not use. When I returned the fabric, it first had to be measured.
February 6, 2017
I drove to my dance studio to pick up the rhinestones this day. I chose the color that best matched with the blue in the bralette tops.
After I showed my dance teacher a picture and she was pleased with the costumes, she had told me she ordered rhinestones I could use to add sparkle. I knew that I would need to add stones to the costume, but I was surprised at how many shades of blue were available from the ones she had ordered. I chose the shade that was subtle because I was not interested in making the costume very sparkly. The song and costume do not exude a happy and cheerful tone, so I knew that I wanted to sprinkle the stones on the top and the waistband. I also decided I would not put any on the skirt because the tulle had a shimmer to the fabric.
In this picture, I was picking up rhinestone from my dance teacher to add to my costume.
February 7, 2017
4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
This afternoon I stitched the waistband with the attached skirt onto the shorts. After I completed stitching the skirt to the shorts, I was able to stone the top and skirt. I also added a jewel detail piece to the center of the top.
I was initially surprised at how long it took to stitch the skirt waistband duo to the shorts. I had to carefully remove the safety pins so I did not lose the position. I was also careful to stitch the waistband low enough on the shorts because otherwise the waistband would fold up. A few times I had to redo some of the work I had done because it did not look right or because it was folding up. It also took me a long time because I had never done this before, and I was trying to make it as neat as possible. I did mine first because I wanted my duet partner’s to be better, and I knew the second one would be better than the first. Once I had finished with the skirt, I laid the rhinestones out on the costume. I was also surprised at how long this took because I wanted to have the perfect amount. I used an old headband that I had in my drawer to add a detail to the center top of the bralette.
In this picture, I am stitching the waistband and skirt onto the shorts. This took longer than what I expected.
February 8, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
This afternoon I stitched the second waistband and attached skirt onto the shorts. After I completed stitching the skirt to the shorts, I was able to stone the top and skirt. I added the second half of the headband to the bralette for detail.
This took me a shorter time because I already had the experience of doing the first one. My duet partner’s skirt had neater stiching because I had the experience of doing mine first. I was pleased that I had thought this and followed through with the idea. It also took me a much shorter time because I had already planned out where I wanted the rhinestones to be. All I had to do was get out my costume to use as an example as to where to put the rhinestones on my new costume. The detail piece in the middle of the bralette was easy to add. I glued it on with E6000.
In this picture, I am using E6000 and a toothpick to glue the rhinestones onto the bralette tops. You can see the first one off to the side that I was using as my model.
February 10, 2017
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This afternoon I drove to my facilitator’s house to show her my finished product, and to make sure everything had been completed to make finished and polished looking costumes.
I felt confident driving to her house to show her the costume because I knew I had done everything she told me would be necessary. I was curious to hear what she thought about the amount of rhinestones I added that my dance teacher had given me. She thought the amount was good because she knew I was not interested in making it very sparkly. She also really liked the centerpiece I used in the bralette top because she thought it added a nice detail.
This is a picture of my facilitator looking over the finished product and giving me her opinion on how everything turned out. first had to be measured.
I was initially surprised at how long it took to stitch the skirt waistband duo to the shorts. I had to carefully remove the safety pins so I did not lose the position. I was also careful to stitch the waistband low enough on the shorts because otherwise the waistband would fold up. A few times I had to redo some of the work I had done because it did not look right or because it was folding up. It also took me a long time because I had never done this before, and I was trying to make it as neat as possible. I did mine first because I wanted my duet partner’s to be better, and I knew the second one would be better than the first. Once I had finished with the skirt, I laid the rhinestones out on the cost