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Dr Jekyll & Edwina Hyde
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Entry inspired by Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I've wanted to take part for a few years now and am always to busy. I decide last year while my business is struggling with the pandemic that i would do things i wouldn't normally have time for, like taking part in shoots, challenges and competitions.
At first i wanted to do something based on Dracula or Frankenstein but i kept thinking male or female, i spent a good few days not knowing what to do, should i do a male character but change it to female or visa versa, i thought i still want to do both but knew i couldn't enter twice, then i thought about doing half and half, i needed a character with a split personality. I then thought Jekyll and Hyde, i decided to jist concentrate on the split personality not the fact that Hyde was depicted as evil and that is when Dr Jekyll & Edwina Hyde was born. My Daughter loves drag queens and is always showing me them in and out of drag and doing her makeup like her favourites, I told her my plan and drew up a quick sketch to show her on the back of an envelope that I had lying around, she agreed to be my model (I have since learned trying to do fittings on a 14 year old that can't stand still is like fitting clothes to a chimpanzee)
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Once I decided on my character I had to make sure I had enough fabrics in to make what i wanted being as the shops are all shut and I couldn't really afford to put any money into it. I knew i had some pinstripe somewhere but wasn't sure on how much and i had some gorgeous rainbow satin and some black lace left over from previous makes.
I had a few patterns that I'd made previously for customers that where of similar size to Harley so i got them out and altered them to what I wanted. I made the corset first originally I was just going to make half in the real fabric and half in calico as it was being covered by the waistcoat but Harley mentioned she would like to keep it so i made a full one and hand stitched all the lace on. I then made what I call the trouskirt and i feel they worked well (although a little draughty on the skirt side as the splits so high) The half waistcoat set me a challenge as i didn't want the back to cave in so I ended up putting boning into it. I wanted the jacket to be half tailcoat half ladies riding jacket and i needed to make sure they flowed into one another nicely. I wanted someone to cover the photo one side and see a man and then the other and see a woman.