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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Crafty Tuesday (Slightly Late): The Nativity Edition

Greetings on this belated Crafty Tuesday.
This is my first, very rushed and very basic, attempt at making things with my new overlocker. The Kidzone Nativity was scheduled for Sunday morning but horror of horrors, the previous Sunday I had a mere 4 attendees at Kidzone! During the week I rang around and ensured we had sufficient cast members and suggested they dig out some form of costume. I did mention however that there would be a selection of things there to choose from if they couldn't find anything.

Well, with the exception of Mary, a sheep, 2 angels and a shepherd....NONE of the 15 participants had any costumes so it was just as well I'd read up the first few pages of the instruction manual and stayed up until 2am flinging these rudimentary efforts together.

We are lucky to have a family attend the church whose business is making school uniforms and other casual wear. As a result our back room is full of rolls of stretch knit fabric and it was simply a matter of picking a few stripy materials and chopping off what I needed.

I ran up a few sleeveless gowns, a couple with sleeves and a few open coats. Off cuts served as the shepherds headdresses and the long grey gown was eventually worn by Mary. We struggled for Kings on the day but one of the trusty volunteers quickly found some gold cardboard and cut out some crowns whilst another found three small black satin poncho style outfits hanging somewhere. They had been used for a play about space and the planets but they served perfectly well as 'robes' for the astrological Wise Men.

I am so sad I didn't get any pictures.

I think I might add a few King outfits and a Mary shawl to the collection. I am also tempted to have a crack at creating some padded angel wings. In my spare time ;-). The good thing is once you have these things you can reuse them for all sorts of things. Gotta love Bible dress-ups!!!

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Kimberly said...

I think you did a fabulous job! I was busy making Roman Soldier costumes this week myself. And I forgot to take a photo. Bleh!

Thanks for stopping by my blog btw. The stars are starfruit. :)

JustJessie said...

Wow! You did great! I wish you had pictures of the actual people in costume, though!
It sounds like you have as hard a time saying no as I do. I am in charge of "approving" costumes for our childrens Christmas musical. Which means coming up with all of them, since no one knows what to do, and I'm terrible at delegating!

A Free Man said...

Nice work. Looks comfortable, actually. I wish we still dressed like 2000 year old Hebrews.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Wowee!!!! I don't know how you do it! Are you even recovered from Annie?!?!

carrie said...

THE overlocker is here! (Sorry, I'm just getting caught up!) Holy clothing! :-) It is taking me back to scary long nights last year of angels and shepherd costumes. I'm digging them out tomorrow and hoping that we don't need many alterations...

So is it amazing? Should I be shopping around for one for my birthday (the overlocker/serger - not the shepherd clothing!)?