Category Archives: Costumes by Carolina

all handmade with care and love! ….and the best materials!

New Design Ringmaster Jacket

Somerset, CA: Hello there “imaginators”. Yeah, if you’re into Circus Imagination that’s what you’re called from now on.
I feel very accomplished this week because I finally finished sewing the new ringmaster jacket! It has a total of 67 fabric pieces and 28 buttons and trims. That’s a lot. It took me a total of 25 hours to put it together and 3 trips to Jo Ann’s.

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Basically it’s the same pattern as the old jacket that I made in 2010. There are pictures of it at the bottom. The difference is:

– Stronger fabric, same bottom weight type 100% cotton, but thicker
– Black detail in front instead of white (the white is picture perfect but very hard to clean) and trim around it
– Flat and higher quality buttons (last ones were dome-shaped and got bent)
– More interface (easier to iron)
– Thinner shoulder tassels
Here’s the “old” ringmaster:

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Because handmade is better and craft comes before housework in the dictionary!
Do you wish to learn how to sew? All you need is a sewing machine, some fabric & thread and the Internet! Here’s one of my favorite sewing resources online (besides YouTube tutorials).

See you when we finish another project! I’ll give you a hint: there’s a new act in the show! It’s very…. Magical.

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NEW BEAR HEADS! Bobble Head Club

Somerset, CA: Hello everybody! Winter is the time when the circus gets upgraded and props get rebuild. There’s a lot going on in my sewing room right now and these two just got finished!

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We have another 4 big heads, lions and tigers, which are a VERY big hit in our little circus, kids love them! Usually those parts / costumes are filled by kids ages 8 to 14.
The bear costume, on┬áthe other hand, is designed for much smaller kids, younger than 8. That’s why in the past I have made them a smaller bear mask, but since they have been feeling left out from the “big bobble head club” here they are.
I can’t wait to see how cute and funny they’ll look wearing those giant teddy bear heads! Our first fair of the season is going to be Pinal, AZ. We will post pictures then!
Thanks for keeping up!
See you soon!