Lace and ribbon to the rescue: A historically inspired upcycle

This project began with a lovely burgundy colored satin skirt with a small train.  The waist was smaller than the majority of the cast members on my list, so I wanted to make the skirt larger.  I began digging in my “pieces of things” box and found a leftover skirt from a previous project to use…

A “Historically Inspired” Costume Project: Turn of the Century Plaid Skirt

It’s always a major bummer when you begin digging through your stock costumes hunting for pieces you can adapt for your next show and you come up  . . . empty.   When you combine that with a large chorus . . .  it’s well, just a lot of work.  My sister is estimating she needs…

A Truly Scrumptious Blue Dress Project: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

If you do an image search for Truly Scrumptious costumes you will most likely see either the ruffled white dress or the puppet costume.  You may also see a few partial pictures of some of her other outfit:  a pink suit, a peasant-themed outfit in Vulgaria, and  this blue ensemble: Initially this outfit is covered…

Turn-of-the-Century Inspired outfit: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I have a new project starting . . costumes for a production of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.  My sister is costuming this show and was planning on renting costumes.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work out for her, so instead, it’s into the sewing room.  The show hasn’t been cast yet, but in the meantime, it seemed…

“Cinderella” (Broadway Version): Dressing Ella, Part 3 (Blue Transforming Costume)

  The first transforming costume that Ella wears is for the “Impossible” scene, where the Fairy Godmother transforms her peasant dress into a white gown for the Ball.  This is the finale of a long magical sequence that begins with the transformation of Marie into the Fairy Godmother, the Raccoon and Fox into Coachman and…