Would you? This is a new challenge hosted by Tanya of the ‘Mrs Hughes’ blog The idea is simply to recreate a vintage garment, inspired by an old family photo, or if one doesn’t exist, ANY old photo that tickles your fancy. Both my parents’ mothers died before I was born, and very few photos … Continue reading Dress Like Your Grandma?
But it wasn’t all peasants, and the dreaded cardboard boxes of rags: I also got to choose, and later make, principal costumes. Much more fun! [Making forty fairly-period-accurate caps to cover those granny perms, on the night before a show is no fun at all] Sometimes I made the whole outfit, sometimes we hired bits … Continue reading Fat ladies and singing…[part 2 of 2]
Between starting uni in 1992, and finishing my first year of teaching in 1996, I joined a local amateur opera company as wardrobe assistant [and later Maitresse lol]. [No, not mattress, don’t be rude…] This was purely voluntary, as I’d long nurtured a fantasy of working in costuming. A pal joined up as a singer, … Continue reading Fat ladies and singing…[part 1 of 2]
Many years ago, when my kids were small, I often had to make them fancy dress, or costumes for school plays. Back then, you couldn’t just go to the supermarket and pick up a ‘dressing up’ outfit, you had to have a go yourself. I didn’t sew much for myself for years, but gradually started … Continue reading Fancy That!
Hmmmm. I have these flurries of activity, as you know. And I must admit, by and large, all goes pretty well- but we all have THOSE DAYS don’t we? As is my wont, I blogged yesterday about all the plans, and then steamed ahead. Everything cut out bar the wife’s waistcoat, threads colour matched in … Continue reading Steaming On #13. [Definitely unlucky for some…]
I visited the doc-daughter this weekend, and [eventually] got her to find time to try on the dress. She loves it, and was very happy [phew] BUT of course, at least one of her measurements had to be wrong didn’t it? Fortunately, it’s an easy fix- she’d taked her front bodice length measurement, as instructed, … Continue reading Coco-pop dress, an update
The things we do! I decided [before I even finished typing the last post about this dress] that the french seams on the fine lace were a BAD IDEA. I also winced at the lighter thread showing on the dark side of the satin seams inside the dress. Bloody hell, when did I become bothered … Continue reading Coco-pop dress completed