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The costumes got done! Aren’t hard deadlines great?
I’m so glad to have been able to make all these costumes… the process was fun, challenging, a little annoying, and very educational. And confidence building! I have never sewn 4 outfits in a month, let alone 4 with capes! Sadly none of these frocks are part of my forever wardrobe, but I feel very strongly that this was a big win for everyone involved. And I’m so glad to be done!
The kids performed the play this past weekend, and I’m so proud of all of them. I think that voluntarily putting yourself out there and working in a team takes some real guts, and they deserve big credit for being energetically involved. The entire 7th and 8th grade classes signed up for drama, and everyone had a job either on stage or off or both… just knowing how inclusive and supportive the school is makes this sappy mama almost tear up. My quirkily awesome kid had a ball as a first time actress and I’m just so grateful and happy. Knowing that my sewing skills added to their enjoyment and confidence makes me feel successful too. Yay!
Patterns: Snow White dresses and a modified bodice for the Shakespearean Dwarf were modified from Simplicity 2813. The Evil Queen was based on Simplicity 1045 with heavy modifications. The Evil Queen cape was my own hacked project.
- Snow White A costume – bodice and bodice lining of cotton duck (stash), front detail of yellow cording (thrift store), sleeves of polyester taffeta (stash) with plastic velvet appliques (stash), collar of foam sandwiched between layers of blackout lining (stash), skirt of yellow polyester tablecloth, cape of plastic velvet (stash)
- Snow White B costume – bodice of rayon velvet (stash), front detail of yellow cording (thrift store), bodice lining of cotton duck (stash), sleeves of polyester taffeta with rayon velvet insets (stash), collar of foam sandwiched between layers of blackout lining (stash), skirt of yellow polyester tablecloth, cape of plastic velvet (stash) lined with red satin tablecloth, deconstructed costume jewelry detail on front of cape (estate sale)
- Evil Queen costume – dress of purple polyester tablecloth, black silk turtleneck (thrift store) with modified sleeves, cape of rayon velvet (charity store) with red satin tablecloth lining, collar (not seen since it was flipped down) of foam sandwiched between layers of blackout lining with a wire support (stash), old shoe clip used for cape clasp (estate sale), belt of drapery cord (Joann’s), crown of glitter vinyl over craft foam (not shown; Joann’s)
- Shakespearean Dwarf costume – red polyester panne velvet hat (found at thrift store), doublet and cape of burgundy polyester panne velvet (old curtain from dear friend’s stash) with front detail of woven ribbon (stash), short pants modified from 1X poly/cotton velour track pants (thrift store), red cotton undershirt with lace cuffs (thrift store and stash), neck ruff of curtain blackout interlining (not shown; stash)
Cost: Between the tablecloths from Amazon, thread, zippers and hooks from Joann’s, and all the miscellaneous bits and pieces purchased via resale, the cost came to just over $110 for all 4 costumes. This didn’t include all the stash fabric and trim used or any labor. Sewing isn’t cheap!
Phew! Now on to some tidying up in my sewing room and some selfish sewing projects for ME!