baba yaga's house

The progress on costumes for the Russian school play continues. Over the past few weeks I constructed the hut that Baba Yaga lives in.... It took some figuring out and trial and error as the costume needs to be sturdy, light, balance on the kid's shoulders, come apart and fold for transport and look good too! Here it is mid progress resting on it's side while the glue dries. It's made out of heavy duty muslin, pvc pipes and balsa wood for structure and stitched with upholstery thread for strength. This is the pattern for the window. I wanted to make it detachable so it would not get wrecked when folded. Here is the window attached with Velcro. And here's my kid trying it on for size. The kid whose role it is, is about eight inches taller. I sent the whole construction to my cohort Katya for painting, and here's what she did. The back with spider and web for authentic detail. And the front completely transformed. Now I all I need to do are the legs. Aaaand all the other costumes....