Tuesday, August 11, 2015

More from the 99c Store

Summer is still lingering. Sometimes they are energetic fun filled, high-jink Summers, sometimes not. This Summer not so much. I did have a great time giving a class at Costume College, called the 99c Store Costumer, it was a lot of fun and people were very kind.  Afterward, I mostly lurked in the shadows admiring all the talent on display. My friend Chantal and I skirted the edges like Victorian crossing sweeps, all in awe.
I did want to post a couple more hacks that were well received.

Hack the first- place mat template
Cock-a-doodle-do it!

These are made from flexible plastic, easy to cut to shape. I cut it out as scallops for the bottom of an 1880's dress, they LOVED their scallops. This pliable material would work great for stencils too. Someone mentioned that they charge $15 at Michael's for a sheet of this plastic. I say it's definitely worth 99c 
Hack the second- hair donut chignon
Mmmmmm, donut
Cut it apart and re-shape it at will

Braid sewn onto the mesh with a comb added.
Sure, it's my own hair........
They are made of  mesh and once you cut them apart you can use them for all your fake hair needs. Roll two of them into a pompadour hair support, make them small for Victory rolls or flatten the mesh out and sew your chignon to it. If you you are lucky you can also find the fake hair switches there. This piece is from the 99c store, I've seen it in various blondes and once a gorgeous strawberry red. They are probably made from recycled water bottles, so you can't dye them.

Next time actual sewing content, I need a 1930's blouse pattern and will franken-pattern it from a dress.
Ever Your Thimble Servant,
Miss Brilliantine


  1. This page has a free down load of a 1930s blouse pattern. It is the Betty Davis Hollywood pattern used on The Great British Sewing Bee. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/promotions/great-british-sewing-bee/11486452/patterns.html

    I would love to see your version of it:-)

    1. Adrianna, I couldn't find a picture of the blouse only the PDF pattern.