Halloween Helper.

Sally Hess can help get the creative juices flowing this Halloween. Imagine that your skills are no longer your limit to creative costumes for you or your darling children.  This two night workshop is for you.

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Have you ever tried your hand at making a costume from scratch? Perhaps you want to sew with leather? There are special needles, cutting techniques, and basic construction skills that pertain to working with leather. 

Do you imagine a corseted costume straight out of “Gone with the Wind”? Learn about boning and other couture touches that period costumes often have.

Are you excited to play with faux fur, but intimidated by it? Learn how to lay out the material, cut it properly, and construct it like a professional. There are tricks to making the fur look “fuzzier” and tricks to disguising your seams. 

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And satin? That shiny, slippery material that begs to become a costume? Learn how to cut out satin and other slippery fabrics without the material sliding out from under your scissors (those jaggedy cutting lines will be something of the past!) Working with costume satin will prepare you to work with delicate dress or jacket linings in the future! 

Are you planning on adding reflective tape to a costume, but not sure how to make it “stick” to the costume? We will talk about options to make children more visible while they Trick or Treat and how to otherwise “light up” the party with your handmade costume!

Having spent years managing the university costume shop, Sally has all sorts of ideas and clues about making a costume work “just right”. 


Costumes not your thing? Do you wish there were a specific class we offered? Bring your pattern and materials and enjoy the small class atmosphere (just four students!) while Sally guides you through the project of your choice. Skirts, t-shirts, bags, and more are all welcome in this class Sunday the 11th and 18th of October.