Wrapping up: High School Musical

And here we are . . . the last post for “High School Musical”.  All good things must come to an end.  This show was a lot of fun and a real crowd pleaser.  It did have it’s challenges, and I found it was difficult in it’s own way to costume, mostly because I had…

Places I like to order from: Urquid Linens

You know how you feel when you’ve been looking for something FOREVER and you finally find it?  J*A*C*K*P*O*T  (Even though the ironic thing is . . .you’ve probably moved on and now don’t even need it?)  Yep, that was me and Urquid Linens.  I happened to be reading online reviews about a type of fabric…

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…

Dressing Ms. Darbus: High School Musical

Ms. Darbus was the character that I most enjoyed dressing in “High School Musical”.   I really think the sky is the limit in terms of her wackiness and eccentricity.  That said, it is important that she incorporates into the onstage “pictures” and that the costumer try to find some unifying themes to tie her look…

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…