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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Theatre Project: Tom Jones on: December 13, 2009 09:17:28 PM
Hi guys, I recently helped out with some of the costume making for Tom Jones, a production by the Guild Theatre in Sydney.

Directed by Alan Mundy

Costume Design - Leone Cripps

The following costumes were made for the Guild Theatre at Rockdale, for their 2009 production of Tom Jones. This production was a huge undertaking for a community theatre costume department. I think we did well considering time constraints, budget, and the fact I broke my left wrist in the first week of costume production!
Here's a couple of pics of some of the outfits I put together.

Jenny Waters, Corset & Petticoat w/ hip pads

Sophia Western. I didn't make this outfit specifically for this production, but the designer was happy to be able to use it.

Tom Jones (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Fall Front Breeches, Stock

Tom Jones (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Fall Front Breeches, Stock

Captain Fitzpatrick (right) Cape and Coat only

Tom & Sophia (Bodice, over skirt, & underskirt)

Squire Western (coat, breeches, waistcoat)

Blifil (on right) Coat, Waistcoat, Breeches

Thanks for looking!
2  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Sydney - TAFE Costume Course in Peril! on: October 20, 2009 08:41:15 PM
Hi Guys,

I thought I should let you all know about the plans for the Diploma of Costume course offered at Ultimo TAFE in Sydney.

Currently there are no plans to enrol stage 1 for 2010, which will set a precedent for no further enrolments in the years to come. This is due to budget cuts as you probably might have guessed!

I am going into my final year in 2010, and while this won't really affect me directly, I find it incredibly disapointing to think that such a fantastic and enjoyable course might not be offered anymore. The are a number of private fashion colleges and numerous TAFE campuses that offer fashion, but this is the only costume technicians course offered in the state!

In July of this year, the shoe making and footwear department at Ultimo TAFE closed its doors to new enrolments, although it had full classes and plenty of prospective students. This means that any students in Sydney who are interested in footwear must move to Melbourne, or take short courses run by private tutors.

I can appreciate that these are expensive courses to run, but is there no value in the traditional skills and techniques that are taught by industry professionals?

If you have an interest in doing the costume course, the best course of action is to register your interest in enrolling by:
1. Calling fashion technology reception at the college on: 9217 4837
2. Request an application form, you'll probably be told that they aren't running the course next year.
3. The receptionist will collect your contact details so we can show 'the powers that be' that there IS a demand for this course!!

If you have ANY questions please, please, please, email me at sairosaurs@hotmail.com, or you can check out my portfolio here to see what kind of course content there is www.sarahmckinleycostumes.blogspot.com
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Faeries & Goblins on: May 17, 2009 05:49:12 PM
Hey Guys!
The big project for this year is character costumes - Faeries & Goblins more specifically! I just thought I'd start a thread, as I did last year, and update it as I finish things off.

I should add that the inspiration for the goblin was drawn from the art of Brian Froud and Spiderwick Chronicles, while for the fairy, I have drawn inspiration very heavily from the art of Renae Taylor

Update for 24.08.09

Hello again! Our show was last week, so I finally have some proper shots! My fairy is modelled by the lovely Ellie and goblin is modelled by Mathilde. These photos were taken on campus at Sydney Institute Technology!

Update for 29.07.09

The goblin clothing is now done! Now to block the hat and finish the mask!

Update for 25.07.09

The almost finished skirt with potpourri bum, and wings...

Latex layer 12 of 20 drying oh-so-slowly in the winter (not) sun!

Goblin Pants!

Update for 26.06.09

This is the negative & postivie moulds (or male and female) that we poured last night. I now have to clean out the negative of all the residual klay and pour the latex! The klean klay on the positive is now useless, so i'll peel all that off back to the original plaster that is underneath. It's a pretty cool camera trick that they both look like positive (or male) moulds!

Update for 25.06.09

Hello again, we now are working on our goblin masks (among other things) and here is a picture of the face I have sculpted. Tonight we will be making a negative mould out of this and then, we'll pour latex into the negative and come out with a wonderfully detailed mask! I hope to give him whiskers and hairy brows once he has been painted and cleaned up!

Update for 03.06.09

Goblin shoes are finally completed, next step is the harness for the wings and the bustle petticoat.

Update for 26.05.09

Hello again. I've now started & finished the bustle (strange I know, but this fairy is in a bustle!) and the shoes are covered.

By next time, the shoes should be completely done, and the petticoat started.

Update for 18.05.09

Faery Wings

Piano wire, shaped and soldered together. Covered with hand-dyed silk chiffon. Wings are held into a piece of leather by thermal plastic. These will be glued onto felt & another piece of leather and added to a harness.
Adornments are various leaves and flowers!

Goblin Shoes

PE30 Foam glued together - to be covered in leather, with ballet flat inside

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian Bustle Hat on: April 04, 2009 09:33:07 PM
Hey dudes and dudettes,

This is may latest project:

This is to match this outfit, which some of you may remember I posted about last year;

the thread is here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282904.0

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / The Vegetarian Gene?! + Polenta Pancakes w/ Avocado on: February 04, 2009 02:48:03 PM
I am just joking really, but the large percentage of vegetarians on both sides of my family does make me wonder! I was wondering if you guys had anything to say!

My sister, my mum and I are all vegetarians, and have been for 11 or so years now. On my mothers side, her elder sister is vege and her middle sister was (but I think this had more to do with being a raging hippy in the 70s)

On my dad's side, one of my Aunts is a vegetarian (and a great sewer too! we get along fantastic!) Her two girls insist they would like to give up meat, but she won't let them until they develop a taste for eating things like tofu, lentils, chickpeas etc.

My boyfriend is super supportive and his family, especially his mum, loves it! They only have meat 2-3 times a week.

So all in all, I've never really had any problems with 'support'.

Anyway, a recipe for you all. This is one my mum loves and I make it for her and I want to spoil her (or I need to earn brownie points). It's from "The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook" which doesn't seem to have an author, but is published by Murdoch Books, it's a great recipe book, everyone should have it!

Mexican Polenta Pancakes with Avocado


1/3 cup yellow polenta
1/2 cup plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk (i always just use milk)
2 eggs
30g (1 oz) butter, melted
vegetable oil
2/3 cup sour cream, for serving

Avocado Filling

1 large ripe avocado (you may need a little more)
8 spring onions (you probably don't need this many)
2 ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
1 teapsoon chilli sauce
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Sift polenta, flour, baking powder salt and sugar into a bowl. Make a well in the centre. Place buttermilk, eggs and butter in a jug; beat to combine. Add to dry ingredients. Beat until liquid is incorporated and batter is free of lumps. Set aside, covered with plastic wrap, 20 mins.
2. To make avocado filling: Cut avocado in half lengthways, remove flesh and place in bowl, mash with fork. Add half spring onions. Stir in tomatoes, chilli sauce, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Mix well & chill for 20mins.
3 Brush small frying pan with oil. When hot, pour in enough batter to thinly cover base of pan. Cook over medium heat until the underside is golden. Turn pancake, & cook other side. Transfer to a plate, cover with tea-towel to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter. Spoon some avocado onto one half of pancake and fold other half over. Serve with sour cream sprinkled with remaining spring onions.
4. Enjoy

It may (or may not ) look like this:

6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian Swimwear! on: February 01, 2009 05:15:21 PM
I just saw nillakitty's post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249831.0) for her Old Time Bathing outfit and realised that I completely forgot to post my Victorian Swimwear Costume that I completed for class early last year.

So here it is, a little late, but here none-the-less. I took inspiration from this picture: http://www.agelesspatterns.com/images/1426.gif but made a few modifications (added a skirt, made up the back view). The website does offer the patterns for this one, and a couple of other really really cute outfits, but part of the project was to draft the patterns so the patterns for this outfit are my own. The only part of the outfit that isn't mine is the hat, these were made by 3rd year students (I was 2nd year) for the show.
I originally wanted to make something a little more similar to this http://www.agelesspatterns.com/images/1417.gif or this http://www.agelesspatterns.com/images/1418.gif but so did everybody else in my class. So I decided to take a slightly different direction.

Back in the day, these outfits probably would have been made from wool, or a heavy cotton. We made these from a light poly/cotton drill in navy or a calico in cream. All of these photos were taken during our annual show in August, modelled by a good friend of mine, make-up done by ACMEWS.

Anyway, the pictures

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fabric-covered Bulletin boards for Christmas gifts on: December 16, 2008 09:22:42 PM
I don't really know what to call these, but they hang on your wall and you stick photos and invitations and bits and pieces behind the tape. One is for my mum, and the other for my boy-friends mum.
My boyfriend and I did this together, he did the pine frame, I then covered it with cotton batting, the quilters fabric & tape.

The first is finished, I just have to put the buttons on the second one. They were really really easy and I think they turned out great!

Thanks for looking
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Victorian Bustle, 1880s, Cream & Black on: December 15, 2008 02:51:39 PM
Hey guys,
Yet another of my costume posts, sorry if period dress is starting to irritate!!
I finished this one... 2 weeks ago?
Well, not completely finished, I want to add some lace to the inside of the cuff, and I need to fix that unsightly, horrible gaping at CF. Apparently it's not that easy to fix (according to teacher), but I think I have an idea how.

Without much further ado...

The bustling bustler!

Thanks for looking!

Edit 05/04/09:  I've just finished the hat, you can see it here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Le Mime!! on: November 26, 2008 07:02:15 PM
Hey guys, another costume I did this year as part of my Theatre Costume Manufacturing course. A Mime. The first mime is mine, the others belong to my classmates. It was an exercise in stretch, with a bit of woven fabric OK. Thanks!!

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Costume: Regency Day Wear! (1811-1820) on: July 09, 2008 08:56:43 PM
Hello again!

I've got another project that I just finished last week to show you all! Some Regency day wear! Yay!

The brief was to create this garment in mostly calico, with other bits of silk, cotton voile or trims that would fit the period allowed. I chose to replicate an actual garment that exists in the Victoria & Albert museum in London. I had pictures of it from my book "Nineteenth-Century Fashion in Detail" by Lucy Johnston

Sorry about the photo quality, it being winter here, its hard to get some nice natural light. I will be having some professional photos taken during our annual show, so I'll post them once I have them.

Thanks for looking!

[update 27th November 2008]

FINALLY! My college has given us the professional photos taken during our show in august!

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