Saturday, 25 April 2015

Reversible sunhat from dress

My daughter wore this dress to the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations in our street - it was perfect!!

When she outgrew the dress I knew that I wanted to refashion it, but couldn't initially figure out what. So I waited for inspiration to strike...

Then it hit me.  A summer's hat...

But not just a summer's hat - a reversible summer's hat...

So now I can remember that celebration and keep the sun out of my eyes too!


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Mad Hatter's cravat and hankie

The school already had a set of tails for the Mad Hatter, but they wanted to titivate it up with a cravat and a pocket handkerchief.

The brief was to make it out of some bright and cheerful fabric...

Easy peasy!  And he looked great too!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

A multitude of Flapper dresses

Would I make some Flapper dresses?

Well, of course, says I!

But there are going to be about 30 of them...

That's so not a problem!

The addition of fringing was discussed but we decided to add silver sparkle detailing to the dropped-waist, figure skimming dresses instead.

Like most of my costumes, velcro was added at the back for quick changes.

I made half in this style...

And the other half were made in green satin, with a slightly different silver trim and a bow on the hip.

The finished result...

One very happy dance school teacher!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Wizard of Oz costumes

My local school asked for volunteers to do a bit of sewing for their production of the Wizard of Oz.

Well, of course, says I!

So I made some Emerald City curtains:

Fur armwarmers for the lion:

A mane:

Fur legwarmers:

And three skirts for the bad witches (in the vein of Medusa, so the skirt had to look like snakes...)

I went along to one of the performances and the youngsters were amazing!


Monday, 2 February 2015

No sew frilly blouse refashion

Blouses.  Wonderful garments, especially in a fab print, but not the best if they have a hugely unflattering frill down the front.  Like this:

Can't see it?  It's a bit like a dorsal fin.  Here's a better angle...

See what I mean?  Ample chests don't do too well with frilly blouses.

So I cut it off.  I mean, what did I have to lose, right?

And here is the result - so much better!


Thursday, 11 December 2014

Alice in Wonderland

Would I mind making an Alice in Wonderland costume for the local dance company?

Absolute no brainer - of course I would!

It began with a circular skirt...

I added a top (which had to be taken in a little with darts)...

Next I added a Peter Pan collar (this photo was taken pre-pressing - top tip - ALWAYS press your work LOL!)...

Puffy sleeves with a little gather...

Acres of Broderie Anglaise...  Always buy more lace/Broderie Anglaise than you think you will need, because you will need loads and loads of it, especially with a circular skirt!

All topped off with an apron...

I love how the more that I sew, the more that I know :)  All of the above costume was made with no pattern, just a few measurements from the dancer.

The dancer looked, and danced, beautifully!


Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ocean curtain to new apron

I have a thing about the ocean.  So when I saw a pair of preloved curtains with an ocean theme I just knew they would come in handy.
Curtains suitably purchased, I wondered what to do with them.  Then inspiration struck - my current apron is getting very tatty, so why not make a new one?
I made it in a larger size, added a front pocket (making sure to match the pattern) and then added bias binding along the edges.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy!
Now I can combine ocean AND cooking!