Sublime-D-Zign has had a very special opportunity to cooperatively costume Canyon Movement Company's Nutcracker Suite in Modern Bare Feet with Jenn Jones of Red Thread Sewing Studios this year! (Check out my Events for details on the show!)

This process has been a real learning experience for me. I am so very grateful for Jenn Jones (my long-time buddy- since kindergarten!!!) She has been so very gracious to invite me to help her on this very large project this year. She has taken me under her wing and walked me through the process of costuming a show with a cast of 80!

Jenn has taught me about designing costumes for optimal mobility (as they will be danced in), choosing durable fabrics, as well as fabrics that truly shine under stage lights. She has walked me through where to place the most focus and detail, as well as what parts of sewing are not as important when costuming. (Costuming truly has a different set of rules than custom fashion design.)  I have learned how to squeeze as many costumes as possible out of sometimes not enough fabric and how to alter a base pattern to each individual dancer's body. I have attained so much priceless knowledge and experience, words cannot explain.

Working with Jenn and the directors of Canyon Movement Company has been truly a delight. Their support, encouragement and gratitude has been endless, and greatly appreciated. Meeting each dancer and pinning and cutting and lengthening and tightening their costumes has also been so fun, and a great experience. I am truly grateful for every minute of it.

The process has taken just over a month of extra-hard work, long hours, sometimes forced patience and experimentation on my part. And while at times I may have wanted to walk away from it all, I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this process. Absolutely nothing compares to the gratification I get when I see a group of dancers on stage bringing life to the costumes that I spent many midnight hours creating.

Also, an extra special thanks must go out to my extremely wonderful husband, Ian. He not only supported me through the entire process, talked me through my moments of frustration, and commended me on each individual accomplishment, but actually helped me out every step of the way.  This man of mine helped rip seams, thread elastic, sew Velcro, finish seams... the list really goes on and on. Without him, I really don't think I could have accomplished what I did. I am so very fortunate to have such an amazing partner.

So, please come to the show! See Jenn's work and mine in action! Also, see me perform as a Snowflake and a Flower in beautiful costumes designed and created by the great Jenn Jones herself!

All my love to Jenn Jones, Ian Glockner (my husband), Gina Darlington (Director of CMC), Cori Wall (Asst. Director of the Nutcracker), Amanda Moore (giver of endless support and an open ear), all of the dancers, choreographers, and parents involved in this wonderful production, and my precious and patient family and friends (who I have given less attention to than I prefer during this project:) ).