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

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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

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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

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‘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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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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