Costume sewing fun I had never thought about. However, when I was asked if I would help a dance group, I agreed. I would be making some alterations to existing costumes for the play Alice in Wonderland in June. Also, I would be making others that would become part of the costume inventory at the venue. What a fun opportunity to lend my time and talent so young dancers could expand their experiences! I had my volunteer project for the year!
My first assignment was to make fourteen playing cards. White glitter felt along with some black felt and some red felt were provided. I also received a photo and list of sizes I was to make. It was a simple project. What was time consuming was appliqueing the hearts/spades and A for aces on each front and back.
There were only a few alterations I was asked to make so costumes fit the dancer. Alterations were as fun as sewing costumes from scratch. The alterations I made as temporary so they can be returned to the original size. This is important if a costume requires the garment to be let out. I have done the same in the past when altering some formals for proms. It is common for the dress to be sold/given to another girl needing the label size. All that will be required is removing the temporary fix. There were two dresses that required a major decrease in the bodice size. It was necessary to cut away the fabric. Sometimes you just must do what is needed.
I had fun sewing costumes from scratch and altering. I heard the performances were wonderful. Regretfully I was not able to attend, but I do know if asked again I would be thrilled to have fun sewing costumes.