Tag Archive: Costume Design

Monday Morning Inspiration/Murder On The Orient Express, the Costumes

It’s a cold, sunny morning in Chicago, 28 degrees. Fog has rolled in over the city like a blanket that promises warmth. The fog is a sign of warmer temperatures that will fool many into thinking that winter is still far, far into the future. But…wint…

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Custom Lace Bolero

This custom bolero is for a mother of one of my clients that I have been helping with all of their wedding alterations.  As I was altering the mother of the bride’s dress she asks if I can make a custom little jacket because everything that she has tried on in stores never fits the…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Green Peplum

Hello!  I have always been interested in peplum shirts but I never really thought that they were for me.  So to test it out I used leftovers to make this shirt.  For the fabric I used the yard I had left from my 1940’s Green Slytherin Dress. And as for the pattern, I used the…

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Red Cotton Dress

Hello!  I decided to try something new for this next project, and let me tell you that I am really glad that I did.  I usually avoid cotton fabrics like the plague, but this was cute and I figured why not give it a go. The dress you see above is completely-mega altered.  It started…

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Pirates within the Disney Archives

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland attraction Pirates of the Caribbean. And with that, the Walt Disney Archives decided that their exhibit at D23 would be dedicated to pirates of all sorts! From early shorts to the latest in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. And since this was an amazing exhibit, […]

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Dressing Downton

Earlier in the week, myself, Patrick, and a friend went to Anaheim’s Muzeo as they were hosting the touring exhibit, Dressing Downton, which features the costumes of British show Downton Abbey. As a fan of the show and vintage fashion, I leaped at the opportunity to visit! If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it chronicles the […]

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Teal Tribal Print!!

This fabric took me FOREVER to figure out what is wanted to be.  I was back and forth between having a more blouse-y top like my Workin’ Knit dress, my other tribal knit dress, OR what it turned out to be.  What finally helped me make a decision was that I really wanted sleeves because…

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Monday Morning Inspiration

The first week of October, a new week, and a new month. A time to look back, and a time to look forward :)For last week’s Monday Morning Inspiration post, the movie The Dressmaker inspired me to take a look at what sewing has meant, and continues to me…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Opera and Costumes

For those of you who have followed the blog for some time, you know that I have a background in costume designing and that I LOVE the opera. A number years ago, Lyric Opera in Chicago did a production of Dialogues of the Carmelites….

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Plaid Shirt and a Puppy :)

Hello from New Jersey everyone!! My Fiancée and I are finally out of the crazy college transition period and have moved to Mt. Laurel, New Jersey!!!  So much has been happening and I’m soo excited because that means that life is officially starting! Trey (Fiancee) is just the best ever, in our new apartment he let…

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Stylin’ Green Tail Vest

Hello everyone!  Life has been completely crazy. We moved from Macomb, Illinois to Naperville, Illinois at the beginning of January and now we are about to do a HUGE move out to New Jersey!!  In the midst of all this moving I was able to get one commission out! This tail vest was inspired by…

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Marc’s Green Shirt

Hey Everyone!  I made this shirt for my brother for Christmas.  His favorite color is green so this fabric was a no brainier. This is the 3rd men’s shirt that I have made, and everyone until this one has been completely messed up.  This one I still made a couple mistakes, but they aren’t as…

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Stylin’ Green Vest

Hello everyone!!  I love the color of this green fabric, it is a really sturdy suiting fabric. First off, welt pockets are the most finicky thing ever. I have gotten pretty good at them, but not as good as I want to be.  I have also been trying to perfect making a couple men’s shirts, but…

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Awesome Dance Team Separates!

Hello everyone!!  I just recently finished alterations for a dance studio and some of the alterations included complete costume overhauls. This cute pink princess bra started out as just a plain white bra.  I completely covered it all with the pink crinkled fabric, trim on the straps, and the beads.  I really love this one…

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Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume Update

Hello everyone!  Here is an update for the full Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume! Below you can see a picture of the character from the game. We are both really happy with how this full costume came out.  The piece that I just worked on is the outer robe.  You can see the full…

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Wicked Witch of the West Guards

Hey everyone! I’m really sad, I’m almost all done with the dance team commissions. 🙁  This is again apart of the Wizard of Oz themed dance.  The inspiration for these costumes was also from the Todrick Hall’s Wizard of Oz Medley. For several costumes I have drafted cool or avaunt guard shoulders.  This was no…

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The Wizard’s Coat

Hello everyone, and we are back with your regular scheduled programming of dance costumes!  This is for the Illini West Dance Team, the theme is Wizard of Oz and this is the Wizard!  This is an asymmetrical jacket with a mega puff sleeve on one side and a pocket on the other. Pictured above is…

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Tinkerbell Grew Up!

Hello everyone!  So there is a super cute story behind this costume!  My client’s daughter wanted to be Tinkerbell and so when her little costume came in she came up and hugged her mom and said, with the cutest look, “Mommy, I want you to be Tinkerbell with me!”  How can you say no to…

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Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume

Hello everyone!! I figured I would give you all a break from the dance costumes. This commission is an Elder Scrolls Uriel Septim VII Costume!

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Wizard of Oz Toto Dance Costume

Hello Everyone!  Next up in the dance team competition Wizard of Oz themed dance is Toto!  Now the mess with fur is real, especially because I sewed both this and the Lion in the same night.  I figured I would just have the mess all in one night, than to have to drag it on…

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Wizard of Oz Lion Dance Costume

Hello Everyone!  Next up in the line of dance costumes for Illili West is the Lion for their Wizard of Oz themed dance.  This one was super fun to create because I have never worked with fake fur before; and yes, everyone and their mother warned me about the mess.  I already knew that because…

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Dorthy’s Not In Kansas Anymore

This 50’s Dorthy from the Wizard of Oz is for the Illini West High School Dance Team! Come and see how it was made and others for this dance!

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Imagine Dragons Gold Skirts

Hey everyone!  So here are the rest of the gold skirts that go with the Kings Skirt.  These costumes are for the Illini West High School Dance team and their amazing coach Ashley Olin!  You can see some of the other stuff I have done for her HERE! Now these skirts are super awesome because…

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The Kings’ Skirt

Hello Everyone!  Today starts an exciting cycle of all my dance team costumes that are finished!  “The Kings’ Skirt” is for the Illini West High School Dance Team.  This skirt is apart of a whole collection of skirts for this dance to the song “Gold.” The song summed up essentially states that everything that the…

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High School Dance Team Kimono Update!!!!!

Hey Guys!! So remember those high school dance team Kimono’s I made, well I just realized that I never showed any pictures of the whole team wearing them!! Here is the first half of the team! Don’t they look precious! And here is the second half.  Yes, it is the same girl in the front!…

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