- Why Texas is better than Alabama: Reason #31 (0)
This is the weekend that football got started back up in a big way. High school teams, college teams, bands and dancers. Living in Alabama as I do, there is no way to escape the madness that is football season. I follow my own high school on facebook and they too kicked off their season this weekend. I saw photo highlights from the game and I am so proud to say I was a Longview Lobo. The dance team (maybe I should say drill team) appears to be decently dressed and still heavily influenced by Gussie Nell Davis. It’s too bad that her influence is not found in Alabama. Majorettes dressed like strippers and dance teams that are more about shaking the booty than anything else. You might think things would be more tame here in Alabama but sadly no.
- Costuming never ends... (0)
My Clown has performed exactly twice now and already costume cleaning and repairs are taking place! I cleaned the tips of her tennis shoes this morning and they are once again white. I also resewed two snaps onto the jumper with a strand of perle cotton. Much stronger than thread, I hope!
The picture below was taken when the major sewing was completed and before the initial costume parade took place. After the costume parade, sequins, glitter, and tulle were added to various pieces.
The children all have touches of Christmas attached to their costumes. These touches are attached in such a way as so they can be easily removed after Christmas is over. My Clown has a blue poinsettia on the front of her jumper. It looks great but did not want to stay up. Now I have pinned 3 leaves to hold it up better.
Next, I sewed boning onto the jumper, just above the ruffle. I’ve never worked with boning but decided that hand sewing was the best option for me. It took an entire package of it to go around the bottom of the jumper!
This is the costume this morning!
- >Finished! (0)
>The costume I have been working on (with friends!) is finished and the Clowns and Stars went on tour this past Wednesday. I still need to get a photo with stage lights on the dress. The light in the hallway at school doesn’t show the sparkle that is on the dress.
In addition to the costume for DD, I also worked on the accessories for the Stars. That means top hats and bow ties for the boys and berets, muffs and earrings for the girls. There are 24 boys and 24 girls! I am thankful for the other parents that stepped in to help with this project!
Here’s my best advise for adding sequins – sew them by machine using a wide zig zag stitch and a jean needle! Take your time and pay attention. You may be able to ease the machine through the rough spots and save your needle. It still took me three needles to sew on all of these sequins but a regular needle would have been much worse!
- >A different sort of crafting... Part 2 (0)
>Tour is today! Yea for Stars and Clowns!
Top Hats, Berets and Muffs are all done. And now bow ties and earrings are nearly complete. Nearly? Yes, nearly. Why, oh why is Hobby Lobby not an all night store during December? I need large safety pins (have plenty at the school) and more clip-on earring backs. I found one pair of clips in my personal stash and none in the school supply box. So I will be heading to Walmart as soon as it starts to get light. Got to have the clips! *update* Walmart does not have clips! I wound up taking apart some vintage earrings from my grandmother and using those clips. That worked great!
The safety pins need to be glued to the back of the bow ties so that the boys can pin them at their collars.
I’ve got more photos to share of all this too…
Bows waiting for their center bands….Center bands waiting to go on to the bows.Bows waiting for safety pins….I did find two safety pins here and they are attached already.Working on all these bow ties requires working with hot glue. My glue gun gets very hot. I have a blister from using it yesterday when I was adding the floral trim to the top hats. I hate that! So adding the red sequins at the end is an easy place to burn yourself but I found the perfect tool to help! My DH bought this for me at Mike’s Merchandise several years ago. I think it is a wax carving tool.This is a picture of the complete tool. I never really found a use for it before so I am thrilled to now know how I am going to use it!
Earrings are done for pierced ears but I still need to go buy clips for 5 pairs. More hot glue! I wanted to use E6000 or G-S Hypo Cement to attach the backs but neither one of my glues was working properly. Too old I think…. So hot glue is what I used.
- >A different sort of crafting (0)
>I am helping the Stars (middle school show choir) with their accessories before their Christmas tour tomorrow. This means making earrings, bowties and decorating top hats, berets and muffs. They look gorgeous when they are all put together.I started on the earrings with this…Then I spray painted them…Thanks to my DH who helped me with the straws. This was a great use of the florist foam that was sitting under my sink. I never do fresh flower arrangements with it!More finished products later….