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Name: Silverstah
Date registered: October 30, 2011

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  1. Sometimes I do that acting thing… — December 16, 2015
  2. A Very Vintage-y Christmas — December 15, 2015
  3. Macbeth – June/July 2015 — December 5, 2015
  4. Sewing 101 – Cross Stitch Hem — December 3, 2015
  5. Sewing 101 – How to pin a seam — December 2, 2015

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  1. Tutorial: How to do a rolled hem by hand — 24 comments
  2. ‘Tudor Tailor’ kirtle and English Fitted Gown – complete! — 11 comments

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Dec 16

Sometimes I do that acting thing…

In October 2015 I did a promotional video for a book by Dr. Katherine Loflin – ‘Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong’.  Loads of fun, great people, and my first video acting gig (well, since high school!). TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Dec 15

A Very Vintage-y Christmas


For the first time in a few years we actually put up a tree, and I’m super excited to use some of the mid-century holiday ornaments that I’ve collected from estate sales over the past year!  I am madly in love with 50’s and 60’s glass ornaments – and these pop up in estate sales …

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Dec 05

Macbeth – June/July 2015

Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (played by Wade Newhouse and Benji Taylor Jones)

Over the summer I had a new-to-me experience – designing for outdoor theatre.  I designed costumes for Bare Theatre‘s summer production of Macbeth – and the Great Summer of Tunics began.  We wanted a very classically medieval look for the show – and Bare didn’t have a large stock of medieval costumes to pull from, so I ended up …

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Dec 03

Sewing 101 – Cross Stitch Hem

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One of my favorite hand-finishes for hems is the cross stitch (also known as the catch stitch) hem.  This interlocking stitch looks like a series of little pyramids, and is extremely strong yet flexible, allowing the hem to float a little. The interlocking stitch will keep your layers of fabric close to each other, reducing …

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Dec 02

Sewing 101 – How to pin a seam


I know, it seems ridiculous – how can there be a whole blog post about pinning?  Like everything else, it’s a little more complicated than it seems at first glance. Cull the herd.  If you’re like me, you’ve had the same ratty old pincushion for about a hundred years, with a hodge-podge of pins that date …

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Dec 01

Late 16th/Early 17th century embroidered jacket


So, back in 2009 while strolling through the Los Angeles fabric district, I came across this fabric in a hole-in-the-wall store:   A lovely silk taffeta with the most spot-on reproduction machine Elizabethan embroidery I had ever seen.  And the guy had about 1.5 yards of it.  Naturally, I bought it all with the intent …

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Dec 27

Much Ado About Nothing – Final Production Photos


‘Much Ado About Nothing’ – William Peace University – April, 2013 Directed by: Wade Newhouse and Eliza Laskowski Costume Design: Laura J. Parker Set Design: Sonya Drum Lighting Design: Jennifer Becker Technical Direction: David Jensen Photos by Ian Dunne TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Dec 27

Spring Awakening – Final Production Photos


‘Spring Awakening’ – William Peace University – February, 2014 Directed by: Jason Dula Costume Design: Laura J. Parker Set Design: Sonya Drum Lighting Design: Jennifer Becker Technical Direction: David Jensen TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Dec 15

Vintage Vogue 2569 – in action!


In my previous post I shared my finished 1943 wool dress, made using the Vintage Vogue 2569 pattern.  This dress was made for a local community theatre production of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ – here are some in-action shots of the dress on stage!  Such a fun production – can’t wait to do it all again …

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Dec 09

Vintage Vogue 2569 – A 1943 Wool Dress – Complete!


In my previous post, here, I talked about the 1940’s wool dress I was making – it’s finally complete! TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

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