Everything Miz Meliz

Costume Design

The play is based on a game called Grim Fandango (a guy who was a bit of a wise guy when he was alive is caught in a limbo-type place trying to work his way into heaven, but in order to do so, he has to help save other souls…not as heavy as it sounds). It’s in an old Hollywood type of setting. The costume pattern is for a 50s roller waitress (short circle skirt with tulle petticoat and a little hat), but we will be styling them to look like art deco bell-hops. The costumes are for the dancers.

These are the guidelines I was given to make skirts for the middle school play:

I found a pattern we would like to use for our skirts. It is on a blog site that I have included below. We will be needing 8 skirts total. (Turned out to be 14 skirts which took me four nights to make.) The material, ribbon (for trim) and the elastic should be coming in the next few days. I don’t think I have enough time to see you today, but I will definitely stop by on Monday to talk and show you what we want. It’s basically a black circle skirt with a simple 2 inch, exposed elastic waist band. There will be a trimming of ¼ inch silver ribbon about 1” above the edge of the skirt. If you have a surger, you could just surge the edge or perhaps just zigzag it if you’re using a regular machine. That way, we can avoid making hems. Whatever it takes to make it easier and faster for you.

So, here’s the link. Looks easy and fast.


It was! Once I got the hang of making the pattern it was a piece of cake. I actually used math! It was fun figuring out the circumference for the waist from the measurements of the girls.

The skirts came out really cute! I loved making them! I don’t have a surger and I did turn the edges to make a hem. I also used the trim at the very bottom and sewed it on at the same time when I sewed the hem.





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