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1  Supah fast chicken nachos! in Recipes and Cooking Tips by gidgett on: May 02, 2010 08:59:28 PM
Since my husband Patrick and I are trapped in our apartment, due to excessive flooding in Nashville, our menus are limited to what we have in our fridge. Luckily, we went grocery shopping earlier in the week, so we're not gnawing on the furniture.

I peeked around to see what ingredients we had, and came up with this little beauty.

Quick Chicken Nachos

You will need:

Butter spray
Chicken (canned or leftover)
Mexican seasoning (like Emeril's)
Tortilla chips
Cheese, shredded or sliced
Sour cream
Salsa (I used mild tequila lime)

Now you have to do this:
If using canned chicken, drain and break up large chunks. If using cooked chicken (I used leftover butter roasted chicken from the other night), dice into small pieces. Toss in a skillet coated in butter spray, sprinkle with Mexican seasoning, and cook until thoroughly warmed.

Spread tortilla chips on a plate and cover with cheese. Microwave for about a minute or until cheese is melted. Top with cooked chicken, sour cream, and salsa.

(I accompanied mine with a glass of cold pineapple juice.)

It made a lot more than I expected, but P loved them and finished them off for me. I'll probably end up making them again!
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2  Eyelet wedding shower dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gidgett on: January 23, 2010 07:26:45 PM
I'm getting married on March 13th (after being engaged for three years!!) and I need a pretty dress for my upcoming shower. So I made this!

I used McCall's 5578, view A, but didn't do any of the contrast details. I just really, really, really wanted it to have an eyelet hem.

The dress is also completely lined in a light blue cotton. That's because I'm a DORK (my wedding colors are sky blue and yellow).

The back looks like it buttons, but it actually snaps. That's because I don't have a buttonhole foot for my machine, Oh, and I'm lazy.

I think I might have made the skirt too full. Part of me likes it, because it has that retro garden party look, and part of me thinks it looks somewhat akin to a queen-sized bedskirt...
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3  Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 27, 2009 10:40:19 AM
Another dress!

I love this one, but the fabric is this really obnoxious polyester blend. Oy.
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4  Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 27, 2009 07:13:08 AM
If I see another ruffle, I shall die.

It was inspired by this:

I'm going to go off and die now.
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5  Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 24, 2009 11:47:19 AM
Another one! It looks terrible on the dressform (it's nowhere near the right size) but it looks lovely in person.

I'm still working on the stupid gray-blue-lavender dress. The ruffles are going to KILL me!
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6  Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 24, 2009 09:00:40 AM
@Aislynn: Thank you! Smiley And yes, I still have all my schoolwork to keep up with. And I'm also acting in two shows in the next three weeks. But I graduate next month, yay!

And I finished another dress!!

This one is based on two different dresses that Kirsten Dunst wears in the Marie Antoinette movie. I absolutely love it! I think it might be my favorite. Smiley
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7  Re: 11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 23, 2009 01:17:15 PM
I finished another gown!

The bodice was Butterick 6303, which is actually a Regency pattern, but I lengthened by quite a bit. The fabric is super thin, so the girl wearing it will have to have a thick petticoat to stay warm!

The pinner is super, super easy. It only took me about an hour to put together. I'll make a tutorial later if anyone's interested.

The chemise a la reine is nearly done, and so is the purple stomacher gown. If I can finish those two and the lavender gray gown today, I'll be a happy camper!
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8  11 gowns, 6 waistcoats, and 4 pairs of knee britches...by December 1st! in Costumes: Discussion and Questions by gidgett on: November 22, 2009 07:54:09 AM
Every year my university hosts Lighting of the Green, a big event for the Nashville community. Last year, they asked the theater department to provide characters to walk around. Since I'm the only person in the department who sews a lot (and I have a TON of costumes), I dressed everyone in Disney and Dickens costumes and we had a ball. It was freezing and we were rather disorganized, but it was fun.

This year, they want everyone in colonial-era clothing. I was told this on Thursday, November 12th. We already had 20+ people signed up. So I was like "sure, I can get everyone dressed." Come to find out, there was very little in the costume shop that I could pull. I had three dresses, a couple pairs of knee britches, and one super awesome faux leather frock coat and britches set. That was all.

So I pulled what I could from my collection. Still not much. My costumes are more Victorian than colonial. So what do I do to solve it? I decide to sew everything. Now I have to make:

-a blue and gold pet en l'air and petticoat

-a brown plaid shortgown and petticoat

-a blue gown and pinner apron

-a pink and white chemise a la reine

-a purple stomacher gown and purple pansy print petticoat (say that ten times fast)

-a blue-gray-lavender taffeta frock gown

-a blue and white lacy stomacher gown and petticoat

-an aqua floral gown with faux panniers

-a red and white striped zone front gown and petticoat

-a pink satin stomacher gown and petticoat

-a chemise, two petticoats, and a yellow velvet gown

-a cream and maroon floral gown and striped petticoat

-four pairs of knee britches (caramel, gray, brown, and cream)

-six waistcoats

-six pinner caps

I started the day I received the assignment by pulling all sorts of fabric from my stash that I knew I wasn't going to use, and then made a MASSIVE JoAnn's run (thank goodness I'm not paying for it!). Now I have all of Thanksgiving break to sew. Some of the steps, like the closures on the stomachers, will have to wait until November 30th when I'm back on campus so I can fit the pieces properly to the people wearing them. Therefore, the pieces I'm posting are only parts of the ginormous work in progress.

The first piece I finished was a pair of caramel colored knee britches.

I used a pattern piece for pajama pants to get the leg shape, then made cuffs so they would taper at the bottom. I'm not going for complete historical accuracy, because these costumes will probably be used in later shows, and the pieces need freedom of movement and accessibility for quick changes. (That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

Yesterday, I finished two outfits: the blue and gold pet en l'air and the brown plaid shortgown.

Apparently "pet en l'air" translates as "fart in the air." Who knew?

I modified Simplicity 4092 for the bodice. The sleeve cuffs are lined in the same gold satin as the stomacher and the petticoat (which isn't pictured). I'm using my sister's mannequin Flora (named after the fairy in Sleeping Beauty) and she has only a 32" bust, which is much, much smaller than all the pieces I'm making, so please forgive the bagginess.

This is the back of the brown plaid shortgown. I wanted to show off the tabs on the hem. The front closes with white frog loops. I also finished the matching green petticoat (the plaid is brown, orange, yellow, and green). The bodice was from Simplicity 4092, but I cannot tell a lie...the dress was based on this:

Up next: the blue pinner gown, the blue floral pinner apron, and the pink and white chemise a la reine!
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9  Bluebird of Happiness nightgown (and matching skivvies!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gidgett on: October 07, 2009 08:05:52 AM
I made a yoga bag (http://charmypants.blogspot.com/2009/09/yoga-bag.html) and still had fabric left.  I have a TERRIBLY BAD HABIT of having lots of leftover fabric and saving it for a rainy day, and then there's a drought, and that's why I have a 5' by 3' bin full of fabric scraps. (We call it the coffin.)

The bird fabric was just too cute to languish in a coffin, so I whipped up this little nightie. The buttons came from the tabs of my fiance's old curtains, and the cream fabric was in my stash. The pattern was just a tee-shirt that I cut up to use for a bodice guideline.

And there was still fabric left, so I made up my first pair of skivvies! A noble pair of Hanes sacrificed itself for the cause.

But it still looked rather bare, so I added this on the cheeks:

What do you think?
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10  Retro print yoga bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gidgett on: September 14, 2009 11:39:15 AM

Pattern: McCall's 4261
Fabrics Used: knit print, light green fleece
Made: September 2009
Time: About an hour and a half
Cost: About $12.00
Made for: Fitness Yoga class


This went together pretty easily. I'm probably going to make some more of these!
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