Last year as part of our Octagon Online content our wardrobe manager kept you all busy with her wonderful Crazy Patchwork Design Challenge, demonstrating lots of techniques to create your own crazy patchwork, whilst also giving you an insight in to some of the stories behind the costumes from previous Octagon productions.

We have now moved in to our new building and are coming to the end of our Warm Up season, which included our first full production - Hound of the Baskervilles, and our wardrobe manager is back to share a new patchwork blog.

We return with a wonderful fabric from The Hound of the Baskervilles for our new patchwork, a 100% wool houndstooth fabric produced (fairly) locally in Huddersfield.

It was used to make Sherlock Holmes’ famous Inverness coat and matching Deerstalker hat.  It took 7 metres of fabric, with 5 metres of lining, finished off with 8 buttons.

Take a look at the finished coat and hat in our production gallery below:

There are a total of 83 individual costume items in the production, with over 50% of them being made here at the Octagon and 40% coming from our extensive costume store (see the film of our costume store here).

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a very busy show backstage, with the 3 actors constantly changing their costumes (with the assistance of a dresser and 2 stage managers) as they depict all the different characters in the story.

Adding the next patch

I tucked this fabric under the neighbouring pieces as wool is quite bulky, so it makes a flatter finish.  I pinned it in place and then used a split version of feather stitch (see Chapter 6) to hold it in place.  I think it looks like grass, so is an ideal representation of the moors of Dartmoor, where the majority of The Hound of the Baskervilles is set.

I also added a bit of the red trim used on Cecille’s black velvet cloak (see image below) for a bit of contrast in texture.  The great thing about crazy patchwork is you can add whatever you want, however you want to!

Check out the latest patch on the crazy patchwork below:

Coming soon…

Keep a look out for further chapters of this blog as we bring more new shows to the Octagon or revisit some classics from the past by clicking here