Costume design, vintage sewing machines, painting

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I’m at that uncomfortable place on a design project… that one where I’ve committed to the show, have my cast list, and have met twice with the director to discuss … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Costuming Coraline

As a longtime fan of Coraline, I jumped at the opportunity to design the costumes for the Chicago/Midwest premiere of the musical! The story presented several unique design challenges, and … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vintage Sewing Pattern Finds

I *finally* checked out The Antique and Resale Shoppe last weekend, and am so glad I did! I had heard about this place, but never made it over when they were … Continue reading

March 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Vintage White 415 Sewing Machine

Here we are again, this is getting to be a habit! I mean, I already have the habit of being a sewing machine hoarder, now I just need to justify … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Painted Stradivaro Sewing Desk

A word of caution: If you are a purist about preserving vintage furniture and think it’s a mortal sin to paint over a perfectly fine sewing desk, READ NO FURTHER! … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Mid-Century Japanese Toyota Arrow!

I brought home another stray machine… and this was a first for me; it did not bear any brand name that I could locate. Being the avid researcher that I … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 13 Comments

My Favorite Costume Films

The Oscars are tonight, and as a Costume Designer I’m frequently asked about my favorite films from a costume perspective.  In general, I’d say I prefer a combination of creatively … Continue reading

February 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

1956 Morse 200 Deluxe

I had a feeling this morning that something wonderful was headed my way, and when I checked my usual round of emails & websites found someone who was giving away … Continue reading

January 12, 2012 · 43 Comments

UPDATE: Very Intricate Dress, version 2: #12105b

I’ve started on a simplified version of dress #12105.  The striped fabric is a very soft & lightweight wool, the brown fabric is silk.  As with the previous version of … Continue reading

July 26, 2011 · Leave a comment

Rainy Days and Mondays . . . PROJECT COMPLETE!!

I finished painting my shelving unit, and am overall very pleased with the results!  I also found some great Contact Paper that coordinates with my decor, so I took the … Continue reading

July 9, 2011 · Leave a comment


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