Monday, December 12, 2011

Marian wedding and cape

Here are (some of) the Robin Hood play costumes at last!!!

Marian in our play had a "main" dress, a wedding dress, and a cape. I'm modeling them here, as I somehow couldn't download the pictures with the real cast (*sigh*). So my friend and I had a photo shoot.


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I sewed Marian's wedding dress out of a white brocade from Joann's, and put some upholstery cord at the neck line. The sleeves were inspired by this dress from Pearsons Renaissance Shoppe.

I draped/drafted/eyeballed the pattern for this one myself. It was really fun to design a costume and see it on stage! Very rewarding. :)


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sheildmaiden: completed!

This dress was used in the Robin Hood play for a talented student violinist that provided us with our music for the show. :)

My lovely friend Brooke is modeling it for these pics, however, since I can't download the pics from the production. BTW, we added a long sleeve tee shirt underneath because it's absolutely freezing outside!

THe dress laces up in back, and the ties are directly tied on to the sleeves. As you can imagine, it takes awhile to lace someone into this outfit!

This dress was inspired by Eowyn's "Shieldmaiden" dress from Lord of the Rings:

The fabrics I used were actually a bedsheet (the cream) and the vest was made from a brown cotton sateen pillocase. I draped/eyeballed the pattern. 

Pics by my sister.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Green Eowyn Sleeves

I stumbled upon this fabric:
 (available here, $10/yd)
... that would be perfect for Eowyn's green dress from LotR!
 (or at least the same idea, and fairly affordable).


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vogue 1044--for sale in the shop

 This pattern is the wrong size, so I'm selling it in my SHOP. Bummer.

It is a vintage reproduction, (from 1956!!!) uncut , sized 18, 20, or 22. I'm selling it for $3.99, while the retail price is about $30.

Check it out :)


Friday, June 10, 2011


I got 12 Vogue, Mccalls and Butterick patterns for $1 the Joann's liquidation.


NOTE: This is actually a really old post-- sorry it took so long! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Raspberry 50's dress

The completed project:
 Without cardigan:

The inspiration:
(from Mod Cloth, no longer available)

This was a fun, quick project. I wore it for my piano recital.

I used my old friend, New Look 6824 for the princess-seamed bodice and sash. However,
  • I didn't cut the bodice middle on the fold, but rather cut two and added seam allowance. I thought the seam would make it more vintage-y. 
  • I cut the necklines on my dress form. 
  • I drafted the multiple circle skirt.
  • I used an old pattern from the stash for my skirt's lining
The best part of this project was that the fabric was 75% off at the Joann's liquidation sale!!!! I bought the whole bolt of Party Taffeta, as it was only $1.50 a yard.

 Another fun project :)


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Elizabeth Swann--finished!

Inspired by:
 Elizabeth Swann's Gold dress from Pirates of the Caribbean.

I actually finished this one awhile ago, but our camera was broken. Hence the delay.

The bodice is in the same off-white taffeta from Joann's as the contrast skirt. I layered it with coffee-dyed lace and "pearls".
The fabric was such a find!
The sleeves also feature a fun ruffle of the main fabric, cut away in front to reveal more coffee-dyed lace.

I love this dress-my fave costume to date!


p.s. In this shoot, our 18th century Miss Elizabeth Swann is reading Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. So historically accurate ;)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

J Crew vs Simplicity pattern

I went shopping this past weekend, and stopped by a J Crew store! Pretty exciting, since I have always loved the catalog, but haven't been to a store.

Anyways, there was this lilac dress that I loved with this interesting bodice-- v-neck, with unusual darts and a triangle in the middle. The dress was about $90, so I didn't buy it.... however, I realized Simplicity 2177 is really simular!

I wish I could get a pic of the J Crew dress for you to compare. However, it isn't on their site, just in their store. *sigh*

Well, have a fabulous Wednesday!


p.s. Have you been making anything fun lately?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Robin Hood Play

We've successfully performed the play!

After months of like, endless,  sewing, it was very satisfying to see the costumes on everyone.

However, I can't seem to get the pictures on my blog! A mom in our co-op posted them on a host site that won't let me get the direct link... I can't embed!!!!

So I'm trying to figure this out. I might have to get pictures of just the costumes (since we kept most of them) but they look soooo much better on the cast with their stage makeup on.



Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I am still alive!

...I've just been sewing so much, I haven't posted. :)

Basically, I've been sewing costumes for the medieval play I've talked of. I've been sewing like crazy for a month. I mean, there's two casts, plus extras, which makes for a lot of shirts, doublets, ect. Fortunately, most of the cast members are "peasants", so not a lot of hemming! Yay!!!

Hope you're having a lovely spring :)


Monday, March 28, 2011

I struck gold!!!!

My local Joann Fabrics is moving to a new location, about a block away. However, they're having a liquidation sale to get rid of their current stock. This really makes no sense, but on my part, I'm excited! Why?

I SAVED $200!!!!

.... and furthermore, I only spent $13!!!!! WOW!!!!! 

Their hugest sale was their pattern sale. Simplicity patterns were $1.99, which was OK... but their Butterick, Vogue, and Mcall's  patterns were 4 for $1!!!!!!!!!!

As you can imagine, people were stocking up. I got 8, but there was this one gal that had a whole cartload!

So, here are my top fave patterns I picked up:

Vogue 2979

 This is a vintage pattern repro (1956) by Vogue. I love the interesting yoke and pin tucks!

Vogue 1094

 This is from 1955. I've wanted to get this pattern for about three years now!

Vogue 2979
This looks so much like Grace Kelly's dress-- not quite sure yet what I'll use it for, but for 25 cents, may as well have it in the stash!

MCall's 5444
This overall design is very similar to Danielle's "Breathe" dress in Ever After! On my must sew list. Would be nice for Medieval/Renaissance plays. 

I bought another four just to have in the stash--a wrap dress pattern (a la Kate Middleton), a dress pattern with a waist band I love, and a few more... 

...all for $2!


Sunday, March 20, 2011


Next April (2012) will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Yeeearssss ago, after the success of the 1996 Titanic movie (which I haven't seen yet! Apparently you need to fast-forward some scenes. Arg.) Simplicity made a pattern similar to the two most popular costumes. This became a discontinued pattern quite awhile ago. I've occasionally seen them on Ebay for about $60! This pattern is already out of stock at the moment.

Simplicity 8399

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Guess what I bought?

Butterick patterns were on sale for .99 cents, so I impulsively bought this:
Butterick 4952. I'm thinking of doing something like this in the near future:
from Ness.


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Franks dress progress

the sash is pinned on, to give you an idea of what it'll look like. So excited!
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Franks dress trim

Bought this with a 50% off coupon awhile ago... and it was discounted, so it totaled $4!
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Sunday, February 20, 2011

the Franks dress

For the Medieval play I'm costuming for, I'm making a dress inspired by this one:
from Pearson's Rennasance Shoppe, here.

It'll be dark blue, with a trim I have already.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Turmeric progress

This is the bodice front.... it's a bit droopy where the darts end, but I'll fix that.
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Elizabeth bodice

I put the sleeves in awhile ago too. I also lined it. Skirt in progress.
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