The Construction of Pericles – beginning to end

Day 1:



Day 2:

Drape the back

Trace the pattern of the sleeve, widen the pattern from the center, and cut the mockup:


Finished sleeve mockup

Remove the bodice sketch from the dress form, true-up the pieces, add seam allowance, and cut the paper patterns.

Day 4: I messed up a bunch of stuff and had to do it over, so more pics on day 5 (it’s called Learning)

Day 5:


Make adjustments to the paper pattern by attaching pieces.  Even out the darts, cut the fabric, sew the pieces together. First mock up is done.

Day 6: Moving on to the designer’s next piece, building the dress underneath first:


Rough draft complete.

Day 7: Draft a pattern for a cutout sleeve. The shape of this sleeve is a challenge and required several different drafts.


Day 8: Sleeve complete, mockup 2 complete, actor’s first fitting today:


Day 9:

Trued-up pattern pieces for the wraparound dress:


Day 10:  second mockup complete. Nice, smooth darts and better fit.20181001_182321.jpg

Day 11: Drape the final piece:

Drawing by Grace. Draping the pieces for her vest design that goes over the bias-cut dress.


Day 12: preparing muslin to flatline fashion fabric




Day 18: the pieces are almost finished, but ready enough for dress rehearsal:





Self Portrait

of Romaine Brooks, 1923.

If you look closely, you will see a tiny medal on her lapel, which she proudly included.


That medal was given to her after the painting La France Croisée, 1914, was exhibited to raise money for the Red Cross:


Because of that effort, Brooks was presented the Cross of the Legion of Honour by the French government in 1920.

One of her first paintings that she ever exhibited in Paris, Nude with White Azaleas, 1910:


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Peter, a Young English Girl, 1923-25

“Peter” was actually Romaine’s friend and fellow artist Hannah Gluckstein:

Hannah in 1926

It has been reported that “Gluck” attempted to paint a portrait of Romaine, but they bickered the whole time and the painting was never finished. Oh, artists!

Una, Lady Troubridge, Romaine Brooks, 1924
Les Chiens adorent Una.

Another day at the office.


Today, The Subterraneans go on a scouting spree for 1920’s costumes for men and women. Buying for a show means you get to spend other people’s money and have adventures.

First stop, Downtown Oakland Salvation Army. Good men’s suiting, shirts, and anything for women that has potential.

Also, hoping to see some good thrift store paintings throughout the day.

No paintings, but this. Poor woman has no idea!