Sewing Sheetsby Silkspike on 12/18/13
I have just spent the week sewing sheets together. Some of our friends at our local pub are putting on a Panto - another name for Pantomime in the UK, which is a peculiarly British tradition of winter musical comedy theater. It has nothing to do with mime - silent performers in white-face make up walking into glass or doing Marcel Marceau-type physical comedy. British pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and children's stories - and injects a bit of music hall (British Vaudeville) sensibility, contemporary references and audience participation to create a raucous, noisy entertainment that's fun for everyone in the family.
We are hosting "Good King Wenceslas" and my husband is playing the part of Lawrence of Bohemia.
I am not in the Panto because I have a rather strong American southern accent that has no place in a British Christmas skit... but being a seamstress and rather arty - I got volunteered to do the backdrops. That's 6 sheets - all very large.
After sewing doll clothes, sewing sheets together to an exact size is like I've shrunk down to doll size and am sewing people-sized stuff. I'm almost finished with the sewing part... now it's time to dye the sheets various colours. After that the serious business of painting the sheets. Fortunately I won't have to do that part all by myself.
The Panto is in early January, so fortunately we can all take a break for Christmas before painting the sheets begins.
I am so looking forward to going back to sewing doll clothes and finishing the update on my website.