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Golf anyone?

The Golfer.

Brian D and I needed whacky golf outfits for our church’s family ministry program one Sunday.  (www.rushhourcolorado.com)  I used my go-to pants pattern – shortened at the knee. Elastic at the waist and knees. Added a matching green athletic shirt black socks, the actor’s own dark shoes, and a cotton “sweater vest” I got on sale at where else? Wally World! We had a golfer’s hat in the costume collection at the church (Rocky Mountain Christian Church, Niwot, Colorado).  And VOILA!

Mine was almost identical to this only mine was orange where Brian’s is green. My orange golf shirt was cheap, I raided my husband’s closet for a black sweater vest and I had the socks and shoes already.  For a prop, I also added a “Big Bertha” type driver to mine to punch up the silly factor.

I had a 3-foot caddie we like to call the “Hoblin Nobbit.”  It was his first Rush Hour performance and he was absolutely AWESOME!  Good genes, I guess… his mom plays Sam and his father is a brand new Storyteller this season.  I think the golf bag we asked him to carry was taller than he is!

FORE!

hugs, v-

Evel Knievel Costume

My inspiration

Rock on, E.K.

This week, we needed 2 Evel Knievel costumes.  Lets just say there were tricycles and a huge styrofoam ramp involved. I didn’t have a ton of advance notice (about 2 days) and I needed to make two sets, so I Googled, I simplified, I sewed, I puffy-painted, and then I spent the rest of my time whipping around the lobby of the Fredrick RMCC Campus on a child’s tricycle (thanks to our facilities manager at the Fredrick campus, Lloyd,  for raising the handle bars for me!)

By the way, lets just get this out there… I’m an admitted Evil Knievel fan.  We used to watch his stunts live on TV and it was a BIG EVENT around my house when I was a kid.  His talent was combining athleticism, fearlessness and showmanship … just like me riding my trike around the church in full E.K. regalia.  (BwaHA!!!  Just kidding, just kidding, don’t write any “V, that’s inappropriate” comments.)

The simplified costume emphasizes the bell-bottom pants, the red/white/blue trim on the shirt, and the cape.

Anyway, to make the suits, I sewed some oversized white suits (I didn’t use a pattern, which is probably all too obvious!).  I based the outfits on some oversized hoodie/sweats outfits I made a while back.  I went for a larger size so they would fit other (men) actors if needed in the future, so they could be worn over normal clothing, and so we could move around in them easily for our incredible stunts!  BEFORE I sewed all the pieces together, I attached trim, made the bell-bottom pants inserts, etc.

I attached (machine stitched) the cape to the shirt.

For fabric, I picked up some $4.99/yard white woven cotton/poly blend – it’s designed for lining curtains, but was the only white I could find at the local hobby store that wasn’t too thin but was within my budget.  For two suits, I bought 8 yards.  For the 2 capes and trim, I bought 2 yards of red and 1 1/4 yards of blue.  A large bottle of white fabric paint was more than enough for the stars.

Classic E.K., bell-bottoms and stars.

It took several hours for the white fabric paint to dry… then it was off to take a nap to try to fight off this miserable cold I’ve come down with.  I’m just sorry I got sick and missed the opportunity to see my friend Donna riding a trike around the Niwot campus, because she’s comic-hosting there this weekend.  Look out Rush Hour, V’evil and D’evil Knievel are IN THE HOUSE!!!

hugs, V-

Biblical Costume – simple, knit, unfinished edges

Couldn't resist the silly pose. Notice the unfinished selvage gave the edges a rustic look.

Our Middle-School program needed a Jesus robe, so we whipped this one up in about 20 minutes.  My friend Caroline is married to Keenan, the director of that program (also the actor who played Tyler at our Niwot campus for several years).

Caroline picked out a couple of yards of white, double-knit fabric that has some GREAT rough selvage edges.  (The “selvage” is the factory-produced edge of the fabric which usually doesn’t ravel. )  The fabric also had a metallic thread running through it which we thought would do well under theatrical lights.

I wouldn’t try this technique with any type of fabric that wasn’t heavy and very stretchy. Fleece would work.  Terry cloth.  But keep in mind, sleeve inserts were invented for a reason, lol.  This fabric was perfect for this approach though, and we were going for a rough, hand-sewn “biblical” construction look, and we saved a TON of time doing it this way. 

click to enlarge.

My model, Caroline, looks like "Friar Tuck goes to Heaven" Is that Monty Python Gregorian chanting I hear?

If you need a pattern, I suggest “see & sew B4326” which I picked up at my local Wally World discount store. 

The instructions above are for how we made this hooded robe WITHOUT a pattern, but having recently made several of these hooded pullovers from this pattern  –  I had recently honed my mad skills at hood-making (lol). 

With the right fabric, this approach would work for producing massive numbers of angel or hooded shepherd robes for a kids choir for instance.  The sewing is so easy, you could fly through these in no time.

To raise the hem off the floor, just blouse the top of the robe over the belt.

Sewing together two long strips of fabric made a rough, unfinished belt.

If they are too long, cut a belt out of left-over fabric. Tie it around the waist and blouse the fabric over the belt until the hem rises far enough off the floor.

hugs,

v-

Fredrick Sam’s Fabulous Fringe and Flower Fiesta

Sam's sweater vest gets an update

Peace out, yo.
 

Sweater update for Sam

Cammie and Sam (aka Heather and Christine) picked up cool knit sweater to update Sam’s look at the Fredrick Campus.  They paired it with a bright, abstract patterned green flow-y shirt.

At first glance, these pics look a little like we attached girl scout badges LOL!!! Maybe that’s because of the turtle-neck.  But paired with the bright v-neck shirt Sam wears with wide flowy sleeves, it looks just right.

Not the look we were going for, LOL.

Phil (Creative Director) wanted us to punch up the flower power on the fringy sweater, keeping the look very Boulder Bohemian, and Christine wanted a great big peace sign on the back, so I picked up some flower appliques  and a big iron-on peace sign.  Michael’s craft store had packs of cool “flair” buttons with saying things like “tree hugger”, “don’t be trashy – recycle”,   “save water”  etc.  So I picked up a bunch of those as well. 

Thanks for the inspiration Jen (a la Office Space)

My friend Caroline was over at the house when I needed a model, (see the steampunk costume blog entry)  ttp://vsplash.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/womans-steampunk-costume/  and there is a cool Rush Hour connection there.  Caroline is married to Keenan, who played Tyler at the Niwot campus for years until he “retired” to begin a middle-school drama program at Rocky. 
 
Thanks Caroline, for agreeing to be my model!  hugs, V-
 

The Information-ator

Brian IS... the Information-ator

This year, Phil had added a fresh new take on Rush Hour to mix things up and add some variety. We have a new format to add to the standard song/welcome skit/character sketch/Word Segment/song/etc… format. 

I dunno if this is Phil’s brain-child or came from the 252 curriculum folks (see glossary) , but twice this season, we have taken an entire RH production to talk about FAITH SKILLS. 

At Rush Hour, we believe with all our hearts that what happens in the home is WAAAAYYY more important than anything we do on the RH stage.  So on a Faith Skill week, we give the character actors the week off (Vinny, Mrs. F, Cammie, Gordo — those are our character actors).  Instead, we get the crew, vocals, and the comic and credible hosts to lead the audience through a series of hands-on discussions and activities so they can get some practice using these faith skills. 

The first week we did this, the Faith skill was about sharing our faith.  “Who Can You Tell.”  That’s when we used the Shakespeare costumes, etc.  We also had a bit using an “information-ator” costume.  It had a couple of important features.  #1 it has to look computer-ish.  #2 It had to look like a contraption the co-host made.  #3  It had to somehow prevent the co-host from being able to tie his/her shoes.  Because it was a heavy-duty costuming week for me with 2 complete Shakespeare outfits to sew, and TONS of lines to learn, I went with a simple poster board design for the Informationator.

Just slip hands thru the pipe-cleaners and spread fingers to keep the keyboard on the hands.

The keys on the keyboard are fun-foam.  Pipe cleaners poked up from underneath hold his hands in place on one finger and his wrists – loose enough to slip his hands through, tight enough that he just has to spread his fingers out for it to stay on. 

Headpiece construction - click to enlarge

The “screen” is made from poster-board, decorated and hot-glued to a girl’s plastic head-band.  I then attached the headband to a visor for stability.  I twisted some pipe cleaners around mine to get my sunglasses to stay with the visor. That way I could put it on in one quick movement.  Brian’s sunglasses are nicer, I think he put his on separately.  🙂

CDs, net and silver ribbon. Just because.

It needed a little more movement and goofyness and flash, so I took some black tulle (petticoat netting) and hot glued some silver ribbon and some CDs to it.  I sandwiched the net between pairs of cd’s and put the hot glue on the cds, not the net.  I used real cd’s but you could use fun foam, cardboard, poster-board, etc.  I folded the net in half and cut a slit in the net for the actor’s head.  Not that it was crucial to the design, but I did hot glue some cd pairs right on the shoulders next to the neck slit.  They were vaguely reminiscent of epaulets, and did two things… 1. Made it easy for the actor to find the head-hole.  2.  Reinforced the slit in the fabric so it didn’t rip.  Easy-peasy.

It was a good design for a quick change and it fit my schedule better than a head-toe Iron-man costume complete with real computer parts fastened to a spandex jumpsuit.  Although the spandex and computer parts would have rocked!

hugs, v-

The “cloppers”

Woot the Monty Python!

Here’s a quick, simple “how-to”.

Remember Monty Python and the Holy Grail?  As the knights galloped around the country-side, they were actually on foot, galloping along accompanied by the sound of horses hooves they made by clop-ping two coconut shells together.  Recently, I got the idea that Reginald Fastidious III (actor and orator extraordinaire) should enter, exit, and generally cavort about the stage to the sound of clopping horses.  I didn’t have any coconut shells around the house, but I did have some red plastic cups that made an appropriate clopping sound when the open mouths of the cups were klonk’d together.  Thusly: 

Bring the Cloppers together thusly with a resounding clonk!

 

I draped them around the actor's neck with a string for "hands-free" acting when the cloppers are not in use.

Note the cloppers hanging from Brian's neck at rehearsals.

Shakespeare in the house!

For Oct. 3rd’s Rush Hour, I need to come up with quick-change Shakespeare costumes for both campuses.  I’ve decided to go with an oversized “pirate” shirt, you know, puffy sleeves, simple neckline… very loose, black knee-length pants, a big low-slung belt and a fun Shakespeare-ish hat.    Here’s the pattern I chose for the shirt.  I found fabric for $1.50/yard at my fave discount store “Wally-World”. Woot the fact that it is October and cheap fabric is readily available for Halloween! 

Simplicity pattern. click to enlarge.

I liked this design alot!  I even tested it out sewing it in pink and purple cammo material… which of course I will use for my “V” character later in the season.  Adding in a pink “Hanna Montana” fedora.  Yes, I’ll post pics later.

 I also need to make some human-sized computer costumes.   Aaaand, with some slight modifications, we’ll re-use the purple Captain Individuality” costumes for a new character… “Captain Moxy!” 

This shirt SO reminds me of the “Puffy Shirt” episode from Jerry Seinfeld!

Jerry's "Puffy Shirt"

Stay tuned for updates and pics as the project progresses.  

hugs, V-

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