No cook would be complete without a rolling pin so I’m lending one from my collection for the film. The cook is only in one brief scene at the beginning of the movie.
Another small part is that of the guard. He’ll be wearing the grey tunic, black leggings, puffy pants, ‘boots’ and a blue cape we already had in wardrobe.
The guard will also be holding a staff when he guards the King’s chambers.
Note: the kingdom where our story is set is a peaceful one (till evil makes an appearance) so there’s no need for weapons. Therefore the guard holds a glorified feather duster instead of a sword.
Wayne made the staff for another production and I repurposed it for ours. I created the feather puff ball using a styrofoam ball and used hot glue to stick feathers into it. I then glued it to the brass bell Wayne had attached to the large stick.
All self respecting guards need a helmet, so our guard has one I made using a very thin foam sheet I found in the bottom of a shopping bag. I was about to throw it away when I realized it was the perfect material to make the helmet out of.
I used some metal beads used for hanging multiple strands together – they look like military insignia, and finished it off with a gold button on the top.
There are 3 kings in our movie so I gave them each a colour to keep things easy to sort. The first king is King George. His main colour is brown. For his tunic I used a black top with gold strands through it and added a fur collar and a couple of gold buttons with a chain.
The shawl (a table runner!) adds a dash of ‘je sais quoi’… although when he’s being more formal he’ll wear his cloak made of a shiny heavy brown fabric with a wide dalmation collar.
The costume is completed with brown leggings, brown ‘boots’, a crown and the ‘good magic crystal’.
When Prince Oscar becomes king he replaces the cap for the crown and wears his fur lined cape.
What I ended up doing is cutting red and pink fabric into scalloped strips to give them the look of fish scales. I then attached these to a black ‘apron’ of fabric. The apron tapers in towards the feet where it joins onto a tail which is stuffed with filling to give it body. The tail ties on at the waist and has 2 large elastic loops which hold it in place against the legs. There is no back to the tail and will be worn with black leggings.
The mermaid has a great crown I made with brown florist wire, crystals, silver wire and starfish I made using a porcelain clay recipe I found on Pinterest.
Sorry about the blurry photos.
She’ll also have a magic wand (cause mermaids are magical creatures, at least in our story!). I made the want using a plastic seahorse, a bamboo stick, some wire and crystals.
When Lucy the mermaid becomes human she’ll be wearing a gorgeous blue dress. I made this dress using the easy pattern I found on Pinterest, with the smoother armpit cuts. I absolutely love this dress, the colour is just beautiful and the lace and pearls on the sleeve are so pretty.
When she’s human Lucy will still wear her mermaid crown, though she’ll add some pearl necklaces to her outfit.
This dress wasn’t made the easy way. I didn’t have enough fabric to make this dress using the simple fold over and cut pattern. I had to make it the normal way which involves cutting a bodice, sleeves and skirt all separately and joining them together.
It turned out quite well considering.
Queen Mary will be wearing a gold necklace given to me by my friend Merrill. Only borrowing Merrill!
And of course she’ll be wearing a crown. The wiring for the crown was done by Wayne. I finished it with the black and gold band and the gold beads.
Queen Sophie will be wearing this gold dress with black and gold trim, also made from a doona cover. Since Queen Sophie is being played by a guy this dress has a lace bit in front to hide chest hair…
Queen Sophie’s dress was the first one I made so its made with the same easy dress pattern which involves cutting two pieces and sewing them together. None of the dresses have zips or buttons… Given that the waist measurements are wide enough to go over the shoulders there’s no need for them.
Queen Sophie spends a lot of time crying so I made her a fine lacey hanky out of a scrap of white cotton and some lace.
Then there’s the bad guy… He doesn’t start out bad. At first he’s just a normal guy. When he’s normal he wears an off-white gathered sleeve tunic with a red velvet vest.
And he’ll have the ‘bad magic crystal’. Of course.
Since the ‘bad magic crystal’ and the ‘good magic crystal’ are related they’re made in the same way using chandelier crystals, wire and beads, but whereas the good crystal is pink and silver, the bad crystal is black and silver.
Then there’s Wallace. He starts out as a prince and wears a burgundy tunic trimmed with gold braid made from a velvet-look shirt.
With this he wears burgundy leggings and black and purple ‘boots’.
In case you’re wondering, the ‘boots’ I keep referring to in quotation marks are obviously not real boots. I’ve made these to be worn over the leggings and sit over the top of the shoes. The guys will wear black shoes and the boot tops should make it look like they’re wearing proper boots.
I made the first pair by cutting out fabric and folding it over at the top and adding velcro for attaching it.
Too hard. For me. I kept attaching things to the wrong side and having to unpick them…
Instead, I bought stretchy pants from the op shop clearance rack, cut the legs off around knee high, added tops to them and voila… boots!
Back to Wallace though. When he becomes king he’ll wear a shorter burgundy tunic (another velvet look shirt) and puffy pants.