For this show, I made two versions of this dress. One for the mannequin, as it's seen on stage well before the actress puts it on. Thankfully, the mannequin version didn't require as much work. For the red dress that would be worn, we sewed in a bra so the actress could get into it quickly. We also needed to give the dress the "torpedo boobs" classic in 1950s dresses.
While I don't miss the crazy late nights working for the theatre and notes from the costume designer that say, "Hem dress another 1/4 inch," I do miss sewing really cool dresses like this.