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1  Backstage blacks to bowling blouse! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by clacksou13 on: June 21, 2009 11:42:47 AM
I'm working as a stitcher at a summerstock theatre for the first time this summer, and the group I'm working with is a lot of fun.  One of the ways we decided to blow off some steam after all our hard work was to put together a bowling tournament for all of the tech staff, with costumes and electrics on one team and the set/props/paint crews on another.  Since we're costumers, of course we had to make our own team uniforms!  Most people just bought craft shirts from Walmart and went to town, but I, being too broke to afford a new $5 shirt, decided to completely reconstruct a huge men's black button-down shirt that I usually use when I need to wear blacks backstage during performances.  Here is the finished product:

The requisite full-length mirror shot.

I pretty much ripped out every single seam while re-working this thing!  I cut off most of the original long sleeves to turn them into cap sleeves, put in darts at the armscye, side front, and side back, took the sides seams in by about 9", brought up the armscye so it was more on top of the shoulder, took up a few inches at the shoulder seam, shortened and curved the hem, moved the patch pocket on the chest from one side to another, and added lots of embellishment.  I think it looks pretty good though, compared to what it was before, which was this:            

A close-up of my team member name, "Screamer", with appliques of fruit and a bee (it's an inside joke).  

 A close-up of the team patch and safety pin detailing.  Team Static Cling (fabric + electricity) lost, but we had a lot of fun anyway!        

EDIT:  Sorry guys, I don't know why the pictures are all wonky!
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2  Re: Warring Dorm Room Aesthetics...How to Choose?! in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by clacksou13 on: July 26, 2008 03:10:08 PM
A decision has been reached!  Roommates have been persuaded and items have been bought, so now there is no turning back!  I decided to go with the modern Asian theme, with a few modifications.  Since I won't be bringing a dress dummy the kimono will stay at home, and I won't have as many silvery items, since I don't need to bring an extra bookshelf or anything.  Also, the floor pillows will be made in a white-on-black tree patterned fabric from Ikea instead of expensive Chinese brocade.  I'm also going to put some weird artwork on the walls around my bed.  This is the collage of stuff I used for inspiration - the picture of a geisha with a red parasol is the source for my color scheme.

By the way, does anybody know how to hang a paper lantern without using screw-in hooks?  I want to hang one above my bed near some mirrors and create a cool disco ball effect, but I'm not allowed to make holes in the ceiling or wall.  I'll try and post pictures once I get everything set up.  I leave in only two weeks and am very nervous! 
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3  Re: Corset and tute! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by clacksou13 on: July 25, 2007 06:14:07 PM

Took a while for me to finally post this...I used this tutorial to make a corset for the character Emilie the courtesan in my school's production of Dangerous Liaisons.  The production design was a mish-mash of modern and period elements, so a lot of the women had modern shirts and skirts under period corsets.  I was at a loss for a corset that wasn't Renaissance or Rococo, and this tutorial really helped.  Thanks!
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4  Opinions on costume designs... in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by clacksou13 on: May 22, 2006 01:18:20 PM
So, I've decided to get a head start on my Renaissance Festival costumes this year (no more sewing at 2:00 am the night before), and I have two possible designs.  What do you guys think I should wear?

A generic peasant, with a basket, apron, and straw hat (not shown) or...

An English middle class woman.

I've already made the green dress, but now i need to figure out trim placement, how to close the front (spiral lacing or metal clasps), sleeve treatment, etc.

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