St. Patrick’s Day Craziness

I probably should have guessed this would happen, St. Patrick’s Day preparation started and I completely abandoned my blog! In my defense-Damn was I busy!

Last year I made our school new performance skirts, well this year it was time to make the matching tops. You might recall that last year I made almost 30 skirts and completed two solo dresses-in two weeks. Crazy, right? I promised that there was no way that would happen again.

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Yeah yeah yeah…

With one thing and another it was suddenly the end of February and I had *Drum Roll* OVER FORTY PIECES TO SEW. And, just to be perverse, I once again had exactly two weeks to make them all. Well played universe. On top of the sewing, this year I was also in charge of making the matching headbands. Yes, thankfully headbands are a good deal easier… but I had around 20 to make.

 The new costume tops were to premier on March 11th, 8:00 Pm.

I finished sewing March 11th, 3:00 Pm.  A whole five hours to spare!

In the end I sewed 45 costume pieces (Tops, boys’ vests, and more of the skirts from last year) and made 20-25 headbands, I forget exactly. There were several days were a sewed for 15 hours…Whew!

The tops were a collaboration between myself and a local Irish Dance Solo Dress maker, LinDesigns of Florida. She did the embroidery and created the shirts. But enough talking, here are the pictures!


The front panels fresh from the embroiderer.

Embroidered with the Aranmore 'A'.

Embroidered with the Aranmore ‘A’.

The very first show to use the entire costume!

Boynton Blarney Bash, 2016

Boynton Blarney Bash, 2016

And from the parades!


Photo credit to Melissa Price of Priceless Photography.


My best friend and I ready to dance through the parade! Photo credit to Melissa Price of Priceless Photography.


In one weekend, my work danced in three parades and multiple festivals and then danced through St. patrick’s day. I know I like to complain about the work, but honestly, it’s worth every moment of it to see my hard work on stage and hear the dancers tell me how much they like it. I feel so lucky to be able to both dance and sew for my amazing school!

Hope everyone else had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day season!

Astrid Photo Shoot

Since we were heading to the park for a small shoot (see last post) I figured it was the perfect time to finally properly document my Astrid costume. This was made two years ago for Halloween and was more a triumph of time than of skill. It also isn’t a 100% accurate reproduction, at the time I had a day to make it so had to make certain changes. However I’m still very pleased with this outfit and I’ve worn it several times now. I paired it with Molly’s Toothless costume for a fun shoot.


Sadly, Molly’s costume blends in too much to really make it out. And she was far more interested in the squirrels that were taunting her off camera than in posing-hence leash!



12654303_1113180442067889_7916766046843505363_n  We were having quite a cold snap for South Florida and the park was freezing! But since I was dressed as a fur-clad viking I feel this only enhanced the shoot.

It’s always fun to see people’s reaction when you and your friend are wandering around dressed as a viking and an evil queen. One guy came up to us and told us ‘we looked weird’. However, he was definitely smoking something out there in the woods, so he was hardly one to judge. Gotta love the locals.

Fort Pierce Pirate Fest next weekend!

Evil Queen Photo Shoot

A week or so ago, my friend stopped by with the Evil Queen Regina dress that I had made her for her birthday/Halloween. It’s first outing had been at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party which unfortunately rained us out pretty good so we never got great pictures.

We took advantage of a sudden cold spell to run to a nearby park and snapped some great pictures!

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 I’m still thrilled with how it came out, though I wish I had made it just a little longer. There was a reason for its length though, since this was debuted at Disney I didn’t want it to drag the ground or, worse, get caught in any rides!

Toothless Dog Costume (and pattern)

On Jan. 14th I was informed that it was national dress up your pet day. Well, there was a certain costume idea going through my head and Molly adores being dressed up so off we went!


This was pretty much a one time wear costume. The material I used was some sort of plastic-y scale pattern with absolutely no strength or durability. It also ended up being shinier on camera than I had thought it would be.

 It took me about two hours to draw up the pattern and to sew together all the little weird bits. The body is sewn in two pieces with the wings and four back spikes sewn into the seam along the back. The tail is attached with velcro-Molly doesn’t really like stuff touching her tail. She was an excellent sport about it, enduring us sliding the loop over her tail to hold the piece on long enough for a picture, but we then immediately removed it. I also considered making a head-piece with Toothless’s ears and head flaps but I didn’t think she’d go for that-she loves dressing up but I always take her preferences/issues/comfort into consideration.


I was surprised at how well she managed the wings, have I ever mentioned that this dog is the biggest clutz I have ever seen? Seriously, she will trip over anything. I was sure she was going to knock into everything!

Interested in making your own Toothless costume? I took a few pictures of the pattern I drew after I had cut it out.


One side of the body cut out along with the four back ridges. For each ridge I cut two pieces then sewed them together like a pillow and stuffed a little filling inside.



Both body pieces. To the right is the leg hole and head hole, the left side extends out over the dog’s rump.

I didn’t get any picture of the wings’ construction. I made them both a different way trying to see which worked better, in the end both ways kinda sucked but did the job. You’re just going to have to experiment!


I used some wire in the wing to give it shape.


One piece of the body with the wings and ridges pinned. Note that the ridges are pinned upside down so that when they are sewn and the pieces flipped out they will be right side up. Pin the second body piece (right sides together!), sandwiching the wings and ridges. When sewn all the ends and ugly bits should be hidden beneath the seam.


As the tail wasn’t intended to last long, I simply cut out a long thin V and sewed the tail fins to the bottom. A piece of velcro held it to the body of the costume and another piece went around her tail to momentarily secure it.

177 One last picture, I couldn’t resist this one, she looks like she is contemplating murder.

A friend helped me out with a small photoshoot featuring this costumes so hopefully we get the pictures uploaded soon!

Were my fantastic photos and brilliant explanations unclear? (Impossible! *sarcasm*) Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about making your own Toothless dog costume.