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Blue Print by Elly Morris     Blue Print by Elly Morris

 

Blue Print by Elly Morris     Blue Print by Elly Morris

 

Blue Print by Elly Morris      Blue Print by Elly Morris

 

 

Blue Print

Elly Morris, UK

IG: ellymorriscostumes

Photographer: John Morris

 

 

The Design

I took inspiration from ornate Russian wooden houses and the carved filigree decorations on gables, windows and roofs and by the painted houses in the Polish village of Zalipie. I was inspired by people using what they have to make beautiful places to live. Of people not afraid to really make their mark and put a bit of their heart and soul into places that are important to them. I feel this is something lost to the modern world, small acts of devotion,no matter how humble the dwelling.

I wanted my costume to look like painted panels with carvings. I have been wanting to make a costume using a collage approach with inspiration from Mark Hearld and Eric Carle and the brilliant Mary Delany, who paint paper and build up texture and colour by ripping and sticking and this was a great opportunity.

Everything in my costume has come from my stash; nothing was new. I made it using what was available, in the spirit of the architecture the design came from. I also thought about the architecture of our bodies and the wonderful shapes we all have. I took the beautiful shape of a gable to create the shape of my trousers. It echos the shape of my hips, so i just exaggerated it.

 

The Construction

I took apart an old costume and used the fabric from this. It was a beautiful turquoise linen. To tone the colour down and create the painted panel effect i used an indigo Dylon dye and built up layers of colour. I used the corset pattern i made at college years ago, because I knew it would work and i knew how to construct it. I used the articles from Foundations Revealed to make sure I got it as smooth as possible and pre-bent the steel to achieve better bust curve.

I added boning to the side seams of the trousers, having sewn the stars into the seams. It was very fiddly but it looks fun and was worth the trouble. I also pad stitched some canvas to the front and sides of the trousers to add some body and help them keep their shape. I made a stencil using one of the shapes from the filigree carvings and painted the gold shapes onto the trousers. I used different strengths of pink and red dye to paint linen. I then made stencils and built up shapes to make the flower appliques. I used Bondaweb to attach them to the costume. I added extra detail with some embroidery.

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

I almost didn't enter the competition this year. I felt I wouldn't be good enough and should wait until next year. About a month before Christmas inspiration struck and I decided to take a leap. I decided to start with what I know (hence using my corset pattern from collage). It's not sophisticated but for me it represents a really important beginning. It's allowed me to free my mind and explore the things that really make me tick and begin to develop a style that i can build on. I wanted to add a big headdress but ran out of time!!! But I feel really proud of what I've achieved. I would say to anyone on the fence to just go for it. Allow yourself time to play, time to explore but most importantly allow yourself to begin.

 

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galadriel
Those pants are FABULOUS! You really captured the spirit of the architecture you chose, too.
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elly_morris
Thankyou.
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This is phenomenally creative, and I adore how colorful and playful it is! Well done!
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elly_morris
Thankyou .
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jema
The details of fabric texture and the delightful shapes and colours have totally brought these buildings to life! I really like the architectural pattern cutting of the trousers very much too
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elly_morris
Thankyou Jema
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Last edited on 01.03.2019 22:50 by Damaris Luhn
I love the shape of the pants. You did a great job with the whole outfit, it looks neat and well done. Also I really adore the fact that you experimented a lot, painted your fabrics, used different techniques to create structure and depth. And I am totally with you, I love the attention to detail, people used to put into their houses back then.
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elly_morris
Thank you. Those houses are incredible, so many design ideas i love them.
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bernadettebanner
I am very impressed with the structural integrity of this look! And your colors came out just beautifully; I love the combination of the strong blue with the gold, it's very striking!
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elly_morris
Last edited on 02.03.2019 14:34 by Elly Morris
Thank you. I love blue and gold it's as delicious as tea and chocolate.
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royalblack
Those pants are fabulous indeed!
But I find it just as inspiring that you have actually picked up on people using what they have to make something beautiful and translated it into using materials from your stash.
Great inspiration, great design, great execution!

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elly_morris
Thank you so much!!! The pants are so much fun to wear.
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This is such an amazing outfit! I love the effect you got using the layers of dye. And those trousers!!! Kudos for using what you had on hand. That's one of my 2019 goals. <3
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elly_morris
Last edited on 12.03.2019 20:08 by Elly Morris
Thank you
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lyrisdesign
This outfit is fabulous and fun, and I love the effect you have achieved with dye! Very creative.
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elly_morris
Last edited on 12.03.2019 20:08 by Elly Morris
Thank you
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catherine
I love the vibrant colours and those pants are amazing!
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kitty mortensen
I absolutely adore the execution of this! The colour-buildup is breathtaking.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
So much wonderful about your inspiration, your process, and your outcome!! Love this!!
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rebecca_robinson
I love the shape of those trousers! They look like they'd be great fun to wear and move about in.
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laurata
This is so pretty! The details are so much fun, and I adore the shades of blue, especially with the gold and pink accents. I can imagine wearing this with a parasol in the summer.
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It is so fun and full of joy, it makes me smile. Congrats on this amazing outfit !
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quilleth
This is so fun!
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It made me think of a matryoshka doll which I am obsessed with! I love the colour, the pattern and the funky fresh shape of those trousers. This project is a real joy.
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linapiprek
This is such a fun, unique entry! I love the colors, especially the beautiful painted effect of the blue, stunning!
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paulay71
Love the shaping you have got in the trousers and the colours are perfect.
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unhabit
The colours and the silhouette are stunningly striking at first glance and it really makes me think of a house out of a fairytale. I'm impressed that you dyed it yourself and the ensemble is magical!
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twob-design
This is so extravagant and so brave and new! I saw the pics before on Instagram and I really really like this unusable trousers idea. If you come near me with that outfit I'll try and catch a star! So much work, so many ideas and such a great handcrafted work. Just adorable!
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elly_morris
Thankyou so much xx
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reiray
Loooooove these shades of blue!!! So pretty!
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marloes dadswell
Those trousers are the best! The colours are also so very well chosen and vibrant. I could see this being on stage in a lush ballet production.
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Is it ok I totally heard some russian folk dance in my head as I was looking at the photos? It's so fun - and the model looks so adorable in those wide pants!
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peacecat3
I love how playful this outfit is, and I love how you interpreted your inspiration. Groovy use of paints and techniques!
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mtphandicrafts
I love all the techniques you used - over dyeing, boning in the pants for the shaping, painting. Everything works to convey fun and your playful heart.
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