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    Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    Jolly Holiday everyone. Top o' the mornin' to ya.

    I need some help from fellow Disney fans who are familiar with fabrics, tailoring, costume design... Special attention to all theatrical wardrobe specialists, homemakers, and amateur clothiers.

    I'm interested in being Jolly Holiday Bert from Disney's Mary Poppins for a church function. I have done heavy research in figuring out how to duplicate the costume he wears at all the Disney Parks.

    The hat he wears is a simple straw boater/skimmer hat. White gloves are on his hands, while twirling a bamboo cane. Crisp white trousers without belt loops for his bottoms, finished with white dance/soft step shoes. Light blue socks to match his light blue bow tie.


    My main problem is finding material that matches the color scheme on his blazer.

    Does anyone SPECIFICALLY know a place where I can find fabric that closely resembles the colors and vertical stripes? Family and friends have suggested Joann's, the Garment District of Los Angeles, and Michael's. Because of gas prices, I'd like to minimize my driving.

    Any helpful ideas would be kindly appreciated. Please MiceChat'rs, you're my only hope...


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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    "Spoonful of Sugar won't help here..." ... have you tried? O.O'

    Good luck with that fabric... I'm thinking curtain (drapes) fabric.. but I doubt you'll find it in normal stores. I think I'd start tapping resources close to the theatre. Like costumers, they tend to have sources for "interesting" fabric.

    Failing that you could zip up the 5 colour strips yourself if you like doing great straight runs on your machine. O.o

    Or.... get hold of a silk screening set and squeegie out a few yards yourself.
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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    I have to agree with monotonehell about the fabric. I have been making costumes for many years and I don't remember seeing anything like this in the regular fabric stores. You might, heavy on might, find it in the garment district, but to save yourself time call them first!
    When Toy Story first came out a client wanted a Woody the cowboy costume for her son. There was no where I could find fabric with that little red stripe. I finally purchased yellow material, a red fabric pen, and a yardstick. I drew on the lines and no one could tell the difference. So maybe come white broadcloth, some fabric paints, and some masking tape would be just what you need!
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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    I actually tried the same thing, and upon close inspection, the Disney Parks Bert costume is NOT custom fabric! It's a white blazer & slacks with the colored ribbons in different widths sewn down the front in straight runs!!! If I can find my old picture, I'll post it (but don't hold your breath, I've been on a deleting spree of late)
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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    Quote Originally Posted by RumRunner31 View Post
    I actually tried the same thing, and upon close inspection, the Disney Parks Bert costume is NOT custom fabric! It's a white blazer & slacks with the colored ribbons in different widths sewn down the front in straight runs!!! If I can find my old picture, I'll post it (but don't hold your breath, I've been on a deleting spree of late)
    That is great! Good job on checking that out. That will make it a lot easier.
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    Wink Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    try looking at the winnie the pooh characters..... the yellow and red of pooh bear, orange of tigger, and the blue....well that matches eyores blue personality. they're almost the excact same colors, hence why they look so good doing the preparade together. With the shoes a nice pair of white dress shoes (with tan on the bottom preferrably, thats more the movie than the park), make sure the pants are like high waters and the jacket needs to have three buttons with the bottom one undone, otherwise the outfit is docious ali expi listic fragi cali repus or suoicodilaixecitsiligarfilacrepus but thats going a bit too far don't you think?

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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    and the fabric is definatly not cotton, its like most blazer material you'd find just THICKER! You could try and find the material in white then just dye it?

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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    You could try to find a hot dog stand umbrella...it's sorta close to that style!

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    Re: Spoonful of Sugar won't help here...

    What about ebay?
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