Thursday, January 30, 2014

Making Skirts from Handkerchiefs!


I have been collecting handkerchiefs since I was a girl.  

Sure, I make the famous "handkerchief angel" Christmas ornaments and even "handkerchief bunnies" for Spring, but still…..I have a LOT of handkerchiefs…

I had always wanted to try a skirt, but thought it was kind of extravagant.

Finally I had to ask, "What am I saving them for?"  

It did take quite a few handkerchiefs and was rather time-consuming, but really kind of fun.  I made three, but this is my favorite.  Hope you like it!


Friday, December 06, 2013

Dancing Angels 2013

Ella and Emily

Although I didn't know how many dancers would sign up - or their ages or sizes - I began working on the costumes early this year!

It turns out that we have TEN dancing angels in the "Lessons and Carols" program at St. Patrick's and they are aged 6 - 11.  PERFECT!

Each dancer has two costumes - the first is a lace coat (for the "Advent" song....) and then for the brilliant "Angelic" entrance, they have a flouncy bouncy skirt, wings, haloes, feathers and ribbon wands.

Kaitlin is the choreographer and it is going to be just beautiful!

Ella






Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween 1967


I am in pink.  My mom made the costume from pink dotted swiss and metallic silver rick rack.  

My BFF Gretchen is in white.  Her mom made her costume from ruffled organdy curtains.  You might think she is a bride, but she is actually "Ozma of Oz."  She had to correct MANY people on that night....

My brother Brad is a cowboy and Jeff is a "Native American."  Our neighbors, Lisa and Debbie, are front and center.  We lived in Plantation, Florida.  

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!



 Well, hello there Sarah, Olivia and Milli!


Thank you for modeling my Halloween coats.  Let's see how the hoods look...


Cute!  Have a seat...


What's in the pockets?


Candy corn!  Yay!

Thank you Sarah...



Thank you Olivia!



Thank you Milli!



Have a Happy Halloween!



Saturday, October 05, 2013

Halloween Coats!


Sarah, Olivia, and Milli return to model Halloween coats!  Aren't they adorable?!?!?  

Thanks, Girls!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Flouncy Bouncy Dancing Angel Skirt



I have been working hard on the "Dancing Angel" costumes for this year's Christmas program.  

After trying out lots of ideas, I think this is the best.  I am calling it the "Flouncy Bouncy" skirt because it is a full skirt with lots of light layers of lace and chiffon that lift and bounce with the dance...at least in my imagination...


Here is a close-up of the ornament.  Yes, there is a vintage glove, vintage lace, and a rhinestone button.  I cut the wings from felted wool.  It's everything I love in one design.



Autumn Leaves

I enjoyed making a series of plus-sized coats in fall colors.


The first one is browns and greens with green stitching.




There are stripes too!


The next one is browns and tans with purple stitching.  
Purple thread brings just about any coat to life!

This is the largest of the three coats with ample room in the bust and extra-long sleeves.  It also has thumbholes.


And animal print!


And stripes!


So great!


The last one is more rust, golden brown and chocolate.  It truly says "fall!"


There are even fall leaves appliqued on the pocket and sleeves.



I wish I had a live model for these!  They will easily accommodate sizes 14-16 with the second one probably up to size 18.  Of course the wrap style makes them very adjustable!



Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sweet Strawberry Dresses

Summer is here in Arizona - time to break out the seersucker.

I picked up McCall's 6730 and made it up in several fabric combinations.

It was fun to work on such cheerful designs.

What to do with scraps...


After finishing a sweet blue and green sweater coat I had this delightful table of scraps left over....



I covered a simple wooden bird house ($1.00 at JoAnn Fabrics) and added some embroidery.



Cute!

Woodland Coat with "Fox" Stole


I have collected "a few" rust-colored sweaters and made this coat and then the cashmere "fox stole" to go with it.