Tag Archive: construction

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

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 31

1872 Draped Overskirt


One of the challenges in the costume design for ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’ was the ensemble – we had eight women in the ensemble, and I wanted to keep the overall aesthetic cohesive while still giving each woman a different look.  This was accomplished through a lot of mixing and matching of pieces – …

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Dec 25

The Mystery of Edwin Drood… teaser post!


Three show updates is more than enough for one night – Drood will have to wait until later this week.  But I thought I’d leave you with a teaser…. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious

Feb 02

‘Happiness’, a Cinderella Story


Well, it’s not an exact reproduction – but it’s definitely inspired by Happiness! This was constructed for the character of Cinderella in a local production of ‘Into the Woods’.  Rather than go traditional Renaissance-esque fairy tale, I decided to give the Royal Family  a vaguely Edwardian/Victorian look.  (I MIGHT have just finished a giant ‘Downton …

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Feb 01

Tutorial: How to do a rolled hem by hand


One of the most challenging, frustrating fabrics to work with (at least, for ME) is chiffon.  Over the years I’ve learned various tips and tricks to working with it – some quick and dirty (machined hems!), and some time-consuming, but beautiful.  One of the prettiest techniques is doing a rolled hem by hand.  It’s a little …

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