Besides sewing and making stuff, I cook. On Tuesday I made a batch of homemade vegan veggie burgers
I used this cookbook, and forgot to turn the photo.
Here are the ingredients: cooked brown rice, shredded cabbage and carrots, gram flour, cilantro, ginger, sweet potato, onion, chick peas and spices.
Grind up the rice and chick peas until they look like this.....
Switch over to the shred blade and shred the onion and potato.
Put all the ingredients into a big bowl, add gram flour to hold everything together. You don't want it to sticky or dry.
Weight out 4 oz. and pat into patties.
The recipe makes 8 patties. I like to put them on a foil lined sheet and freeze them. It helps to hold them together when they cook. After freezing for a few hours, I wrap 2 in foil. This makes 4 dinners.
The worst part of cooking? The clean up. What a mess!
I cleaned it all up before I went to work.
The best part of cooking? Served with oven baked french fries.
The real best part of cooking.
The Doctor says "Yum". Guess Mr. Scooty isn't a vegan!
Finally, the post on how to turn a modern suit into a Regency costume......but first:
The play we needed the costumes for is called Arcadia written by Tom Stoppard. It's set in 2 time frames, 1809 and 1812 and present day. When staging a play "present day" means now, not when the play was written. Arcadia was written in 1993, we chose to set it in 2014. The scenes switch between past and present, using the same set, an English manor house's dinning room. There is 2 casts, one past, one present. The scene break down looks like this:
Act I scene 1: April 10, 1809
scene 2: present day April 10, 2014
scene 3: April 11. 1809
scene 4: present day, April 11, 2014
Act II scene 5: present day, April 12, 2014
scene 6: April 12, 1809
scene 7: present day, about a week later
scene 8: early June, 1812
There's a really good Wikipedia article about the play, if you're interested. On to the costumes.........
We had about 3 weeks to get the costumes done for this one, which is way we had to take a short cut on the men's costumes. I've only tailored one men's suit and that took 3 weeks. We needed 6 Regency costumes. SO..................................................
We went to a shop downtown called Looking Good, and bought some styling Stacy Addams suits, which have a wonderfully long jacket.
On the male form you can see the marking lines where the fabric is going to be cut off.
Here's a back view. The brown jacket on the left has already been cut up.
Here's Nick, who played Ezra Chater, wearing the finished costume. To get this look, you mark the cutting lines, sew up the cut edges, take the collar off and sew it back on upside down, turn back the fronts and sew the buttons on. The pants were also cut into knickers. To make the tails on the coat longer, use the cut off fabric. Because it's theatre, the seaming doesn't show.
On stage, Matt, who played Septimus Hodge, is wearing the finished costume from the first photo. Also note that Matt's jacket is cut in a different shape than Nick's.
Septimus in a different costume, with Ethan in the background as Capt. Brice. Lady Croom, played by Jenah is wearing one of the 3 dresses we made for her. You can't fake that time period's woman's costumes.......or can you?
Past meets present. Thomasina, played by Jenna, wearing a 1960's vintage prom dress altered to mimic a Regency dress. Tess, playing Hannah Jarvis, is in the present day.
I had to wait for photos to be posted and wish I had some better shots. I hope you can see what was done to the suits.
The first 3 photos are mine. The production photos were taken by Travis Hunnewell and Michael J. Morgan.
The other day, I opened the doll cabinet and she jumped out and tried to bite my leg! Ok, she fell off the shelve and landed on the floor. I'm not quit sure if she's a bride or what. Made out of paper mache and her hands, feet and head are way out of size for the body. Or maybe she has the mumps.
I'm getting all stressed out getting the house cleaned up to sell it. Where did all that stuff come from? We've already taken 2 car loads to the charity shop and tossed a bunch of junk away. And I've taken stuff to my shop (I don't need to pack bias tape), still more to do. I had to have the plumber come by on Monday to fix a leaky toilet, thank the gods I didn't need to buy a new one. Wish us luck!
I gave up looking around my house this morning for the vintage 1920's evening dress I've owned for about 30 years. It's someplace. This costume I made and designed for the stage play of Enchanted April will have to do.
It's sea foam green satin, with trim in the shape of leaves. The 2 shoulder pins are from a local department store. For some amazing 1920's fashion, you should check out Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. You can watch it on Netflix or public tv. Our poor dress form came apart, so I fixed her with gaff tape.
Dang, it's Wednesday already? The weeks are flying by.
Poor dear, lost an arm, her decal eyes peeled off and her head isn't stuck on right. But she's sweet anyway. Plastic souvenir doll from the 50's or 60's (maybe). The dress is vinyl but her moccasins are suede. I wonder who bought her on vacation? I always wonder who bought the souvenir dolls from distance lands. My Dad brought my sister and me Eskimo dolls from he's travels in the Air Force. Those dolls are long gone, I wonder what happened to them too.