Welcome . . . if you are here it is probably because you need to make some sort of costume . . . I have spent plenty of time on the internet myself trying to figure out how to make a certain costume or prop (non-scary Beast mask for “Beauty & the Beast”?????)
I don’t claim to be an expert. I don’t claim to have the best ideas, I don’t even claim to be all that creative sometimes. I decided to start this blog after experiencing difficulties finding tutorials or ideas for some of the costumes & props I have needed to create. I love looking at other peoples ideas, techniques and solutions . . .because even if I don’t use them directly, sometimes they can lead me to new avenues of inspiration.
I will say at the start that 1) the costumes I make are not historically accurate in technique, fabrics or design 2) you will not be able to “recreate” them exactly because most of what I do is upcycling garments I find at local Thrift Stores 3) I would love feedback and a conversation on ideas and techniques.
A bit about me . . . in my “real life” job I am a Neonatal ICU nurse. I am a mom . . . not quite an empty-nester . . . but getting close. I have always loved Thrift & Consignment store shopping and costuming takes that to a whole new level of adventure.
While I have always liked doing creative things . . my costuming took new directions when our high school director asked me to help (!!!) costume “Beauty and the Beast” a couple years ago. This March we did “Grease” . . with a cast of over 70. My daughter participates in dance and Dance Team, so I also do some costuming for them, and they do Princess-themed appearances as part of their Community Service and/or fundraising activity. So, you will see “trends” in my posts in these directions . . . I do have other ideas I hope to be able to explore in the future.
I live in South Central Iowa . . . if anyone is doing a production and interested in borrowing/renting or purchasing costumes–please contact me. We recently shared our “Beauty & the Beast” costumes with a smaller school, and that was great fun.
I hope you find something useful and I’d love to hear your ideas, successes and problems!