I fell into costuming a bit by accident. I have been involved with theater, community and school, for most of my life, but I really dove in head first about ten years ago, when I started working with the Brunswick Little Theatre. I started out as an actress but quickly took a turn as a director. I kind of became a costumer by default; at the time I decided to direct my first show, the theater didn't really have anyone who "did" costumes. My first show was Pippin, so it was easy enough, a whole lot of people wearing black and changing their hats or tunics or whatever....but those tunics had to be fabricated, and I was the one who had to do it.
Since then, I have had a hand in costuming most of the shows I have directed, although I am more hands-on and excited by shows like Seussical than I am by, say, Oklahoma!
But my real creative outlet has been making costumes for Max. Since about age three, he has been a costume kid. He has always needed the perfect outfit for every occasion, and when you're a three and four and five and six year old, a lot of those occasions are fantasy-based. I have had a lot of fun, over the years, replicating his favorite characters and dressing him to his own creative specifications.
I don't give Sartor all the attention I could, I have a whole closet full of costumes yet to post about, but head on over there and give it some bloggy love, won't you?
NEW! BONUS PHOTOS! CREEPY BLURRED OUT FACES!
Here's a small selection of theater costumes I have designed and executed over the years, mostly just my favorites.
|Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and the Sour Kangaroo |
(minus awesome Young Kangaroo hand puppet).
|Assorted Seussians - Hippie Who, Gertrude McFuzz, The Cat in the Hat (minus tails and iconic hat),|
Mrs. Mayor (of Whoville), and a Who Farmwoman.
|A collection of Whos down in Whoville. All of the Whos were dressed in various combinations and shade of purple and brown. I did a LOT of thrift-store-shopping, and LOT of altering, and went through more bottles of purple dye than I could count.|
The Music Man, 2009
|My sailor-suited stage family. One of my favorite costume-making supplies -|
repurposed "work shirts." I did not make my own dress.
|Pathetic Workhouse Orphans. The kids had a lot of fun helping me dye and dirty up their shirts and pants.|
Note: it's more difficult than you would think to find a dozen pairs of non-cargo khaki pants for kids at thrift stores in the summer-time.
|Grubby little pickpockets.|
The Wizard of Oz, 2012
|Yellow Munchkins. The kids got to tie-dye their own t-shirts, and decorate their own vests.|
Yes, I was a little obsessed with striped tights.
|The Lollipop Guild|
|The Lullabye League|
|The Mayor of Munchkin City.|
Full disclosure: I had someone else make
|A very dapper Tin Man, plus poppies and snowflakes.|
I am directing Into the Woods this summer, and I plan to take the costumes in a VERY different direction than most people probably expect. I'm excited to get started (and really, really hopeful that my ideas are well-received by the audience!)