Tag Archives: theatrical costuming

Sometimes I Give Away Scraps

Recently I had the novelty of giving away scraps of fabric rather than accumulating them. A local theater costume designer wanted to make a cotton patchwork dress for a character named Scraps in a play called “Talking With.” He asked me and another quilter for donations as he doesn’t use colorful cottons.  With them he created a full skirted dress and headpiece.

The mob cap is attached to Raggedy Ann yarn hair and a plastic mask covered with fabric. As you can see, the costume shop is jam packed with stuff. I was happy to donate some of my fabric as this designer has given me many scraps, mostly of sparkly, shiny fabric.


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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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