The second one (Broadway & Chicago for sure... not sure about the others) have a rounded neckline with an equally rounded waistline.
Both versions have "v" style sequins on the bodice, and a ruffly lace that runs along the neckline.
Construction: Julia wrote in to tell me that it The Stuttgart one does not zip. She sent in the photo below, which clearly shows snaps and eyehooks. Thanks so much, Julia!
HOWEVER, when I was at BtEC, I got to see a later version of the KChen one, and there was a very visible zipper there.
In the KAC photo, you can see one back-princess seam. Below, sideseams, and beside it, you can see the seams that start right where the neck meets the sleeve and end right at the edge of the waist's curved taper. There's a second seam that's fairly close to the side.
Possible pattern for the bodice: McCalls 4109.
Fluffy, puffed fabric: mebbe chiffon? I have no idea. They are sequined and have the ruffle along the edge. The top and bottom are rouched--I'd guess elastic.
I know this is hard to believe, but that's not a farthingale under there... no. That is a million and one petticoats. Layers and layers of fabric. It must weigh a ton. I'm sure there are layers of tulle, but I have been unable to find any evidence of a crinoline.
This is probably why the circumference of the skirt fluctuates from production to production: possibly based on how much weight the actress can stand? I think the London production's is probably the most rounded... check out the fluffiness on Helen up there!
In Julia's email, she said that the costumes are just developing, and that's why some are fluffier than others. She also sent in this AMAZING picture of the layers under her skirt:
Petals: the handsewn, handbeaded petals are sewn to the petticoat. In a fitting with Kristin Chenoweth, Susan says they are smaller on top and larger lower down. The sequins run along the lower portion, giving them more weight (and sparkliness!).
My guess for fabric... Susan just says "irridescent", which isn't helpful. Chiffon... which is my guess for everything, yes, but it's a very fun fabric. Whatever it is, it's shimmery, see-through, and probably really, really hot.
Jana emailed me to say: The fabric used for Glinda's bubble dress is a pearlized sheer fabric. (There are various names to describe it. It can be purchased from any Jo Ann Fabrics stores. Around $7.99 a yard.) 40% Nylon 60% Polyester. It is possible that is is actually organza, but typically organza does not have the same sheen that a pearlized sheer does. Nonetheless, it is not chiffon as you had suggested-chiffon is very delicate and has a lot of movement to it, whereas a pearlized sheer is more stiff. I couldn't find a picture of the blue, but here's a white pearlized sheer:
Thanks, Jana! I looked up "pearlised sheer" on Joann's website, and white, lilac, and pink are available here. I'm pretty sure they might have blue in the store, or you can use this information to try and find the same thing somewhere else. There's also a crinkly pearlised sheer here, and they do have it in blue. That might work for the sleeves... there's definitely some kind of crinkled texture going on there. (Both of these are $8.99/yard.)
Here are some highrez, close up shots, courtesy of Julia:
According to Julia, the really tight close-ups are of the Glinda alternate, and it is less beaded, but still sparkly. =D
You can see one of the petticoats in this pic of LBB & Eden:
I dunno what you call this. Neither does Dianne Pilkington: she's like, "Uhm... ruff... thing...?" But whatever it is, it is attached to the shoulder seam of the gown (as seen in the bts pic of Megan Hilferty)
It seems to vary production to production (pfft, typical) but I haven't invested much research into tracking who has what difs. I can't do all the work, you know. Sooo...
These ruffs are taller, skinnier, and less curvy.
The pics from the German production have kind of a pattern to it--it reminds me of broken glass, or puzzle pieces.
Perhaps "veins" is a better word. Anyway, I like it. It's also very sheer, which isn't seen in every collar, either. Here are some examples of opaque collars, where I believe it's just the same fabric as the bodice.
So in summary, class:
Some ruffs are tall... but some ruffs are short. Some collars are wide... but some collars are narrow. Some collars are flat... but some collars are curvy. Some collars are sheer... but some collars are opaque. In short, we are all special snowflakes. =)
One really interesting thing Julia told me is that in the beginning ("No One Mourns The Wicked"), Glinda wears her Shiz skirt and shoes under the Bubble Gown, so all she has to do during the 25 second quick change is put on her jacket (she also wears the bodice of the dress under the jacket!) and wig. So her shoes are the Shiz ones, pictured here:
And, Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present: PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE!!
If you click and enlarge the picture, you can just see the navy blue tip of her shiz shoes.
In the second act, it looked like her shoes were the same ones she wore during One Short Day.
Her crown & wand get their own special blog. Someday. She also wears a sparkly necklace.
According to my research, it comes in three styles:
1) Teardroppy (seen on Chicago, Broadway, and LA)
3) Choker: I've only seen this on Kristin Chenoweth, and in early stuff... later Broadway she's all teardroppy. This is just in the magazine scan.
- Bodice & Skirt: the Butterick might work, but you'd need to get rid of the centre seam. The McCalls was my original suggestion, and I still think it's the best for current-Broadway.
- Collar: this might work, especially if you changed the "choker" to the jewellery we see in this scene.
Thanks for your contributions, Jana & Julia!