Buttons and Furbelows

My Oklahoma costume construction adventures have continued, with the promised promotion to serging. Wow, those machines are fast, which was a good thing since I was sewing the edges of 14 yard long strips of synthetic organza for these cancan outfits. I love how serging with black thread adds a decorative touch.

serged rufflesOf course, I continue to sew on lots of buttons.

buttons and ruffles

And I did score more fabric scraps, the leftovers from these sequined bodices.

sequined bodice

By the way, according to dictionaryreference.com, a furbelow is:

1. a ruffle or flounce, as on a woman’s skirt or petticoat.
2. any bit of showy trimming or finery.

verb (used with object)
3. to ornament with or as if with furbelows


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10 responses to “Buttons and Furbelows

  1. One of my best friends is a costume designer for theatre and I’m always amazed at the tricks of the trade. I remember being in a meeting with her while she used a Sharpie to color in sections of the fabric on a costume, to get the effect she wanted. And, yes, thanks for finally setting me straight on the exact meaning of furbelow!

  2. I lived making frilly costumes for musicals! I think the fanciest was Carousel, though Hello Dolly was a good one too. Live my Seeger for stuff like that!

    • Oh my, I had no idea of the work involved in costumes. One of my Empty Spools classmates did costumes for high school plays and brought her Captain Hook coat with her. It was covered with hand applied beads and sparkly baubles.

  3. I love coming to a blog and learning something. Now to slip furbelows into a conversation.

  4. It looks like it will be a beautiful production. I like that trick of using the black thread in the serger to give definition to the flounces!

  5. patty

    It sounds like you are having a great time!

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