The Old Button Stage Costumes

I just love musicals. As a child I loved the old style film musicals such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Oliver, and as a teenager my weekend lie-ins were disturbed by my mum singing opera while vacuuming outside my bedroom.

When I had my own children we sorted of drifted into a more theatrical life. My daughter, and then my son, started singing, dancing and acting classes and kept coming home with song scores and scripts from musicals I'd never heard of. Our CD and DVD collection soon expanded to include a wide selection from the Musical Theatre genre. And of course, we just love going to watch live shows, both in London and at the fabulous Wales Millennium Centre just down the road in Cardiff.

Both my children love performing and over the years I have made a number of their costumes for shows, competitions, recitals, plays and, of course, musicals. A few years ago, I was asked to become Wardrobe Mistress for Louise Ryan Vocal School's annual musical and I'm really proud to have created some really diverse and challenging costumes for a very talented group of young people.

Shows from previous years included Suessical, The Sound of Music and We Will Rock You - and you'll find links to the blog stories below - and Les Miserables and Footloose which I'm currently writing up. I'm also busy sewing costumes for this year's show - Guys and Dolls, so I'm up to my eyes in showgirl dresses and suits.

You'll find the links to all the costume blog posts below - why not take a look? I've love your comments and if anyone has any costume ideas and tips then please share them with me. 

Just click on a link to go to the story behind those costumes.

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