COSTUME CREATION EXTRAORDINAIRES

COSTUME CREATION EXTRAORDINAIRES

Millions upon millions of people each year flock to live theater performances at locations across the planet.  The Stratford Festival of Ontario, Canada is an event that stands in a class by itself.  People are in awe of the collective talent who create the productions offered there, but often are not often aware of the amazing creativity and artistry that goes on behind the scenes.

In the video below, step into the creative process behind the scenes of wardrobe and costume creation, from concept to the stage by the designers and sewists of The Stratford Festival.

29 yards of fabric

90 unique cuts

11,500 feet of thread

140 hours of sewing

100 dress pleats

18 feet of boning ….

….one stunning dress!

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VIDEO:  Wardrobe at the Stratford Festival ~ Behind the Scenes:

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The Stratford Festival 2016 Information

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The History of Fashion on Pinterest

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1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

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1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

Held at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

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Crime Scene Quilts

CRIME SCENE QUILTS

As a former assistant prosecuting attorney currently in private practice, Vickie Hylton often hears from child protective services workers who describe children being carried from crime scenes or abusive homes with only the clothes on their back.

“It’s bad enough you’re being taken away from your home without anything you own,” Hylton said. “Sometimes you don’t even get to take your shoes or coat.”

So, since the spring of 2015, Hylton and her mother, Judy Davis, have been working on making child-size quilts for officers with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to wrap the children in, and hopefully provide some support when they come across them during traumatizing calls.

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The Sewing Spider

A sewing lesson from The Spiders ~

Did You Make That?

spider web

How long does it take a spider to become really good at webs?

I was chatting with a friend at the weekend. She’s probably a couple of years into her sewing career and we discussed some of the challenges. ‘Part of it,’ I said, ‘is that you just need to get a lot of sewing hours under your belt.’

There’s a popular conceit that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something. Is this true? After five years of sewing, I’m nowhere near that! But I do think that better sewing is about more sewing.

I realised it might help to touch on some of the frustrations my friend has felt as she’s patiently taught herself how to sew.

I Sew Clothes That I Don’t Wear

This is really common. You toil for hours to complete an item … and then it languishes in a drawer. Why? There are two main answers: you’re…

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GOWNS FOR ANGELS

Kansas City Couple Makes Little “Angel Gowns” For Newborn Babies Who Have Passed Away

He attends garage sales around Kansas City searching for and purchasing second-hand wedding gowns, fine fabrics and bits of lace.  He takes them home to his wife who cuts and refashions the fabrics into tiny gowns.  The beautiful tiny dresses are known as “Angel Gowns.”

John Wright and his wife Diane create and donate the gowns to parents who have lost a baby. The infants include preemies who didn’t make it as well as stillborns.  One upcycled wedding dress,  can be used to make anywhere between 8-15 angel gowns.  (View touching video at link below)

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In 2013, NICU Helping Hands started the Angel Gown Program to provide “comfort for bereaved families through the gift of a beautiful custom made gown for final photos and for burial services.”

Visit and Support Helping Hands Angel Gown Project Online

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WHO PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR FABRIC?

WHO PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR FABRIC?

Those

who love those

who love fabric

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HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

HOW TO SEW A DOG COLLAR

Instructional Video and a clickable list of materials

for making a collar for a medium to large sized dog.

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List of Materials Needed/Links:

Fabric Scissors

Sewing Gauge

Straight Pins

Fabric Sealant/Stop Fray

Flexible Tape Measure

1 Inch Wide Strap (Purchase measurement x 2)

7/8 in. Wide Fabric Ribbon (Purchase measurement x 2)

Parachute Buckle

Strap Adjuster

D-Ring

Top Stitch/Heavy Duty Thread

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Heavy Duty Sewing Machine Needle

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Webbing/Strap Material, D-Rings, Buckles:  Country Brook Design

Dog Accessory Hardware Kits: Country Brook Design

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