I know many seamstresses who hate custom orders. Some refuse to do them, others dread the entire process. Not me! I love the challenge of a custom order. I love breaking down the costume into it’s smaller parts, drawing up each piece, finding the right fabrics and then locating the trims to add the right details. And, finally the joy of having conquered the task.
Today’s project is to create three Nutcracker clown costumes for three little girls performing in the Nutcracker Ballet. Their mothers sent me pictures. I went shopping yesterday and today I am at the drawing board creating a pattern. Hopefully, it will go quickly so I can get the mock-up done this evening. It is always so hard to work on the sample. I want to cut into the real fabric and see the outfits come to life. This is where I have to exercise a lot of self-control. Doing so will allow me to make more adjustments and make the best design.
Stand by…I will post the finished costumes as soon as I have finished them.
Several hours later………….
The mock-up is finished. I have some changes to make before I go to the “real” fabric. Do you love the gold??? I wanted to use something from my stash that I was unlikely to use for something else, so gold it is. I will shorten the legs about an inch and make the lower edge about an inch narrower. The sleeves are too long and a bit too full so I’ll make similar adjustments on the bodice
I got up early this morning and started cutting the clown costume out. As I’m working on other orders, which Robert cuts out for me, I’m hoping to catch some time to sew thee today. If not, tomorrow.
And several days later……….
These have been finished for a couple of days, but my posting time has been limited. Here is the final outfit. I am very happy with the way they came out. Hope the three little girls who receive them will love them, too.
“Making little girls smile. This is why I sew.” Susan