02 July, 2009

Galinda's Popular Gown

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This adorable pink party frock is worn by Galinda when she goes to the ball at the Ozdust Ballroom, accompanied by Fiyero. She tricks Elphaba into wearing a horrible hat (that ends up being her iconic witch's hat), ends up getting accepted into Madame Morrible's Sorcery Seminar, and makes friends with Elphaba. She also sings the famous song, "Popular". The dress, like all of Galinda's costumes except the One Short Day dress, is in two parts--the skirt and the top. The top has an empire bodice, pointed waist, and a fluffy skirt that, in the words of Dianne Pilkington, "moves beautifully". It started out as a baby blue in the San Francisco previews, as seen below:
But changed to a bright pink in later incarnations. The colours below kind of vary due to the photo quality, but it's also possible the colour changes slightly depending on the actress portraying Glinda--you'll notice the blonde wig she wears (as well as the hairstyle) changes from production to production to be flattering against her skin.
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The middle part of the bodice is divided into 12 panels (where the seams are). The underfabric is a pale pink, and ribbons go diagonally--see below.
There is a zipper closure on the top, and I have no idea about the skirt... probably zipper as well. It looks like there's a seam in the middle back of the skirt.
The skirt is what modcloth calls a "strata" skirt. The layers are pleated sheer fabric with pink ribbon stripes and pink ribbon trim.
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Accessories: she carries her adorable purse
and wears some sparkly shoes
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And has an unknown type of pink flower pinned in her hair, which she transfers to Elphaba during "Popular"
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Pattern suggestions:
  • Bodice (view B) It's not empire waisted, but it's a good basic pattern.
  • Skirt


SEL said...

I'm going to be attempting to make (key word: ATTEMPTING) this dress. I have a question about the straps... is it just me, or does the KC version look like a halter top, while all other versions look like just regular front-to-back straps?

Lindsay said...

Hey, there! I have a quick question/note... For your pattern suggestions, it appears the links have gone invalid. Could you post the specific names of the patterns, such as "McCall's 00000" with the links so anyone who wants to look for the pattern will know what to search for? Thanks so much! This is a great resource, by the way!

Corbyjane said...

Hi Lindsay,
I'll put that on my to-do list. :) Simplicity revamped their entire site and how it works this year; Costumersguide.com had the same problem. :(

Lindsay said...

Thanks so much, Corbyjane! Bummer that Simplicity had to mess everything up for you. For the moment, could you tell me the name of the Simplicity pattern you suggested for the bodice? I've been hunting for it, but I'm not sure where to start! :P

Lindsay said...

Whoops! Nevermind. I found it! :)
Simplicity 2620

Also, New Look 6480 looks like a good possibility.

Anna said...

I made this dress! whoohooo! for pics, check out my blog: http://annaseclecticlifeinfashion.blogspot.com


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