Category Archives: Crafts

A New Custom Cashmere Coat for Alison

A lovely woman named Alison has been cutting and colouring my hair for the past 8 years.  She has seen me through the last of my brunette days.  Through the stainless steel fresh head of incredibly short hair post-chemotherapy.  She … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

This is my own version of a romantic heart pillow.  The red cashmere wool is a scrap left over from the Santa suit I made for a movie called The Search for Santa Paws and the buttons are all ‘real’ … Continue reading

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When Character Meets Costume – The ‘Punk’ Union Jack Corset

What’s my Motivation????? (That’s me trying to sound like the great Marlon Brando.) It is a great job and interesting work to produce fashion. But when we’re asked to make clothing that will be worn by a story character there … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Sew!! – The Union Jack Corset

I’m not really sure what’s the best way to show/discuss the sewing of the Union Jack Corset.  I’m going to say again that most of you already know how to sew including most of the steps so I think I … Continue reading

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The Development of the Union Jack Corset Pattern

When Deb called me the other day and said “I want to do this Union Jack Corset, I’ve been talking about”, I replied with “When can we start?”  We decided it would be a fantastic opportunity to document all the … Continue reading

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BALENCIAGA – lessons from the master

I live in Vancouver Canada.  When I learned that a mere six and a half hour drive, several bridges and an international border south there would be an exhibit of couture clothing I just had to go. So into the … Continue reading

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Quilters Show Off

The Lions Gate Quilters Guild has a lot to show off.  They are 143 dedicated members strong and every other year they organize a wonderful display of their cumulative talent. As a costume maker and general all textile enthusiast I … Continue reading

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