Phew! Just been to hand off all the panto costumes ready for the shows on Friday and Saturday, much bagging and organising. Everything’s got a laminated tag on the hanger stating what’s there, and how it has to be returned so I can sell off as much as possible…plus death threats if anyone even THINKS … Continue reading Still Here, Honest!
Three weeks to go, almost everything on the rail [yeah right, so how come the list always seems as long?] Jobs still to do attach parrot to Long John Silver’s coat add sleeve linings to LJS’s coat [one of those added jobs, it doesn’t slip on easily enough] finish Jim Hawkins’ sparkly wedding coat [the … Continue reading There is Nothing Like a Dame: Panto #4
I only seem to be able to find the energy to sew at weekends, so I’m not progressing to my expected schedule…but stuff IS happening on the panto front, honest! Work is going swimmingly, maths club and sewing club underway, and this week we started up an after school session as a ‘clone’ of a … Continue reading Interim Report
No, not that… …my sewing club returns for a new start! Last year, I gauged enthusiasm for a sewing club at my new school, and found staff and students alike were quite enthusiastic. I eventually trialled it as a once-a-week lunch club, and it ran successfully for the rest of the year, numbers fluctuating from … Continue reading A touch of class…
Crab and lobster headpieces from Wintercroft Downloaded, printed onto paper, glued to card, scored, cut out, and assembled with PVA. Time consuming, fiddly, amazing FUN. I find these so wonderful to make, I can’t wait to find an excuse for more… Allow PLENTY of time! These don’t have much in the way of instructions, apart … Continue reading Totally Shellfish: Panto #3
Well, I’m going for it! LGBTQ+-friendly theatre group ‘Pride & Joy’, production of Treasure Island, for this November. The usual practically-zero budget, but a small cast, with most only needing one costume. Piratical silliness, and a DAME! A DAME FOLKS I’M SO HAPPY! Oh, and a lobster. And a parrot. If you’re planning to come … Continue reading Arrr-t for Arrr-t’s sake: Panto #1
Two white shirts for the missus. ‘I need crisp white shirts’ quoth she [ages ago], and I obliged. Eventually. Another tried and tested pattern, McCall’s 6436, with minimal changes- I pinned the vertical darts on her body to get the fit she likes. She likes a fairly snug fit, so we squabbled a bit about … Continue reading It’s All White Now!
I left the scarecrows until almost the last stage, as after all, I only needed old clothes, some patches, and ‘straw’. I’ve already mentioned how I decided to make the wigs from craft foam ‘caps’ and lengths of raffia sewn onto strips of cloth, then glued to the foam. The boy one, complete with ‘manga’ … Continue reading Oz Coz #8- grasping at straws!
Time for the lion suit! Although the two kids laying the lion have a height difference of about 6″, I decided to go with a shared costume, which surprisingly worked, as the girl had longer legs, the boy had longer torso, it averaged out fine! I found some nice lion-coloured fleece on eBay for a … Continue reading Oz Coz #6 :In the Roar…
…well sort of. I keep telling myself my list is down to one page, crossing several things off, then thinking of more ‘small’ jobs to do to improve things. Sigh. I was doing very well last week, using up all my gain time at work making or sorting or laundering things. The rail is filling … Continue reading Oz Coz #4.7 The end is nigh…