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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!


hugs, v-


Knight Costume

Sir Ted of the Round Table

We need a Knight costume for Rush Hour, so here’s what I came up with.  It’s a simple brown cotton tunic and a tabard.  I cut the tabard trim out of brown fleece. That’s also what I used to cut out a graphic for the tabard (which I top stitched on).  I chose to use a sword for the tabard emblem … very Biblical y’know. Sword of truth.

Thanks to my awesome husband for modeling this for me after a long day at the office.  He’s such a good sport.  He would NOT however, agree to model the matching renaissance princess outfit.  Something about … posting that on the web ….  mumble… not wearing a dress… grumble… <snicker>

Placemat Jacket How-to

Well, this was an interesting project!  The script called for a coat made from the month’s giveaway which were some paper placemats.  I first ironed the paper to some very lightweight interfacing to keep the paper from tearing as I worked with it.  I tried sewing it, but wound up using good old duct tape to hold it together and to outline and emphasize some features like pockets.  My  fellow RH co-host Donna was my model.  🙂

Hot glue, a few buttons, and a magic marker helped add some detail.

After sewing the sleeves on and turning it right-side-out, the interfacing began to tear between the placemats. PLAN B! GET THE DUCT TAPE!

The finished product

Ironing the placemats to some iron-on interfacing

It was pretty flimsy with just the lightweight interfacing to hold it together, so Donna and I re-inforced it with good ole duct tape.

By connecting several of the mats together to make "fabric", I cut out pieces to sew together for the jacket.

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. 

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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.



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.

A pox on Mrs. F’s Hands!

Last season, Mrs. F.  contracted some mysterious allergy or condition or other whacky circumstance that made her hands swell up… well, of course, we couldn’t just use oversized Micky Mouse gloves… oh no!  With a pair of gloves as a liner, a little cotton batting, some nylon hosiery, and a red magic marker… voila!!!     

This is Darlene, our Frederick Campus  Mrs. F,  modeling the results.     

Gotta hand it to Mr.s F!


 Add a little hot glue and some rhinestones and BAM! instant wedding ring!  Darlene was SO patient with this!  We love you, Darlene!     

hugs, V-     

Japanese paper lanterns – application to costume making

Hi!  I was thinking about storage problems for costumes, and I realised being able to compress costumes that use a sphere as a base to a flat shape for storage might prove to be very useful. I was thinking about shapes that collapse for storage and two ideas came to me. 

#1 Scarlet O’Hara’s hoop skirt
#2 Japanese lanterns 

Whale bone is a little hard to come by these days, so the Scarlet idea is impractical, BUT… the Japanese lantern idea seemed to have some merit.  http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Japanese-Paper-Lantern 

I found a helpful little how-to at the link above, and decided that this design, made with floral wire and plastic sheeting (like the cheap picnic table cloths you get in party supply stores) could provide the simple circular shape (or ANY shape, really) for making light-weight, collapse-for-storage designs that could stand up to more wear and tear than paper-covered lanterns. 

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I can imagine this use for making a “globe”, the moon, a tomato or blueberry, the watermelon idea I came up with a little while back, an ice cube, a stone block, any costume based on a sphere, rectangle, square, or pyramid shape could be created using this technique I think. The trick would be faux painting the outside pattern and finding paints that would work for more complicated designs. 

hugs, v-

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