French Mime – No Sew Costumes

A simple no sew costume. A French Mime…. Always chic. You need black pants black suspenders black dance shoes a striped top a black beret white gloves ( not shown) white face makeup and black eyeliner to draw the harlequin lines red lipstick Et Voila!

Costume Designers Tips

Costume Design Tips

Hello readers! Today is the LAST day I’m working on the costumes for The Seagull, the 1890’s play I have been making costumes for. Tonight is the photo shoot so I will have photos to post next week. I thought I would share some of the things I have learned over the last couple of […]

Seagull costumes

  But let’s talk sewing now. I’ve been sewing like a maniac for this play I’m working on and I am looking forward to making some modern clothing after eating , sewing, and sleeping 1890’s Chekhov style outfits. 1890’s walking suit made from a tablecloth.. Patterns I used for all the costumes This one was […]

1890’s Walking Suit: Simplicity 2207 & Butterick 5970

1890's Walking Suit: Simplicity 2207 & Butterick 5970

I’m done with the 1890’s walking suit for the character of Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull. For the jacket, I used Simplicity 2207, and for the skirt I used Butterick 5970. This outfit will be worn in act 2 before Nina leaves home to become an actress. I wanted to make her something more wholesome […]

Ten Costume and Historial Sewing Blogs To Follow

ten costume and historical sewing blog to follow

So I’m knee deep in my costuming and fitting for the play. I have costumes worked out for two of my characters and hope to have both costumes finished by the end of the week. I’ve been engrossed in the research of fashion from the 1890’s and ran across some really interesting new to me […]

Costume Design For Community Theater Series: Part 1

Working as a costume designer part one

Hello dear readers! If you have ever read my About Me page you may know that I was trained in fashion design and worked as a costumer for film and theater in LA  when I graduated from design school, before I became a stay at home mom. It was a very interesting  job with lots […]

Black Ninja Assasin Costume

 Last year when Lily told me she wanted me to make her a Black ninja assassin costume I raised my eyebrows and thought to myself….”hmmmmmm.” “Sounds challenging….” And the perfect opportunity to experiment with some black faux leather stretch fabric I bought downtown for 2 dollars a yard that had been donated from the workshop […]

Garden Gnome Hat Tutorial

When I got my little one these spiffy red clogs I just knew I had to make her a little garden gnome outfit to wear! I made the hat from easy and quick to sew red felt with a mushroom applique made from some felt scraps I had on hand. The rest of her outfit […]

Madeleine Vionnet and Learning Bias Cut sewing

Below is my post about Madame Vionnet and my experiences with making dresses cut on the bias over the past two years, since I got into dressmaking. I posted this over at Cation Designs earlier this week.Actually this is also an old post and one of my faves that I rewrote and added to, hence the […]