Thursday, August 23, 2012


One of the musicals we did this summer for Peach State Summer Theatre (PSST!) was The Light In The Piazza. It's set in Italy in 1953. We made these dresses using vintage and re-issued vintage patterns.
Signora Naccarelli. I made this one.
 Margaret, I had both of them.

Margaret. I made the dress on the right. We had to change the way it opened to be able to do a costume change.The bodice opens and so does the buttons on the right skirt
Margaret, fully lined coat
Clara, Margaret's daughter. I made the one in the middle.The white one is a wedding dress. All the full-skirted dresses had crinoline petticoats.
Franca Naccarelli

Signora Naccarelli

There were also 2 maid dresses (boring). The cast had 12 named characters plus 10 ensemble parts.Piazza was the lat show of the rep season, the other 2 show where Legally Blonde and Go Dog Go. PSST is a summer stock rep house, which means we have 6 weeks to get 3 full-on musicals up and running. The shows ran from june 2nd to july 15th, My kind of fun.


  1. What a fantastic dress show!! Thanks for sharing these and all this great work. I especially love the top one. The fabric and shape of the dress is so familiar to me. Maybe I had one in another life. ;)

  2. Oh my goodness, these dresses are so beautiful! I am in awe! Love the butterfly one you made, and the 4 dresses in the final 2 pics are stunning. xx

  3. What masterpieces, those dresses are incredible, you are one clever chica! I wish I could work with you, I'm sure my sewing would come on leaps and bounds! x

  4. O,jaysus,I love all of these!Amazing work!! Theatre costume is a whole new board game,and having to make these quick change has not altered the impact or fabulousness at all!!XXX

  5. So what becomes of all of these costumes AFTER the show? I'm admiring the one you made with the butterflies around the hem.

    1. We put the costumes in storage and use them in other shows. Next time we do a show set in the early '50, the ensemble or secondary cast will wear them. I never through anything out!

  6. You are a sewing goddess! What incredible costumes! And the fact that they are quick-change is too cool. Crinolines? Sigh. I love that lined coat.

  7. So cool--love restructured vintage.

  8. Ok, if I'd just made ONE, I'd have impressed myself. Those dresses look great- and I can't believe you just bang 'em out and make 'em stars.

  9. Holy guacamole - I WOULD WEAR JUST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE AMAZING DRESSES!!! You are so talented! Sarah xxx