Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Pirate Ensemble

This outfit was made from the last of my skull stash-can't get any more of it :-( It consists of the jacket, which is trimmed with mother-of-pearl buttons, and the under dress, trimmed with lace. The jacket is fully lined in red taffeta. It is a Plus Size, fitting 40" bust 37" waist, and 40" hips. Price is $250 for the set. The underbust corset is available separately, and is $125. Fully lined and boned, and trimmed with beaded lace.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Custom Wedding Dress

This dress is available as a custom order. 

Made with luxurious fabrics and specialist corsetry materials, this amazing adjustable bridal gown can be worn long for a dramatic entrance to your ceremony and then easily adjusted for a stunning look for the reception.
Specialist corsetry materials ensure comfortable support.
  1. No need to change outfits
  2. Eliminates the cost of a second dress for your reception
  3. Gives great value for money being adaptable for future occasions
  4. The detachable lace valance clips invisibly to the underneath of the corset.

This gown can be made in a variety of colours and fabrics to personalise it to your individual wedding wishes, for more information and pricing please Email Us

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Medieval Princess

This costume is available as a custom order. Price depends on the fabric used. The sample is silk charmeuse and heavy satin. Cost is $450.


Sweetheart Lolita Skirt

This is a little red and white Lolita skirt, trimmed with lace. Fits 25"-27" waist. $35.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Boeing Boeing

A shot of Gretchen talking to Berthe, the maid. I think the trim around the pockets really sets the uniform off. Photo courtesy of Nightshadows Photography

Gretchen explaining the planets - "Und the Nebulae..."

Monday, 14 July 2014

Costume Update

Here are a couple of shots of two of the stewardesses in their uniforms. Gretchen is in yellow and Gabriella in green. I didn't notice until after I took the photos that Gretchen had her skirt skewed. She had the zip at the side instead of at the back. There is no front seam! And this was taken before we decided to put the navy trim around the pockets.

Gabriella salutes you!

A salute from Gretchen

Friday, 11 July 2014

Set in Progress

This is the set building in progress; Producer Nick Stull and Stage Manager Jon Scheer discussing the logistics of seven doors!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Boeing Boeing Costumes

Here is a publicity photo of my girls from the show, along with their handsome leading man!

From left to right, Gretchen, Bernard, Gloria, and Gabriella (Character names)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


I realize I haven't posted in quite some time, so I thought I'd let you all know why! I'm currently involved with one of our local theatres, Langham Court. I'm the costume designer for Boeing Boeing, a mid 60s farce about a young American man living in Paris. He is engaged to three stewardesses, all of whom work for different airlines. So far, Bernard has managed to keep them all separate, but with the advent of a faster airplane, all his careful calculations go out the window, resulting in a hilarious Laugh In style interaction with doors.

Anyway, we've got most of the uniforms done, the men outfitted and two weeks to go till the costume parade, where the Director sees the costumes onstage and under lights, so we can see how they (hopefully) work. Below is a rendition of how the uniforms will look, with a little creative colour change! Actual photos will be posted after the run starts at the end of July.


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Progress on Cersei Inspired Dress

The dress is almost finished! What a project; lots of hand sewing, 22 pairs of grommets, beading, etc. but I am reasonably pleased with how it's turning out. Just have the hem to hand sew and the interfacing to hand finish, then it's done.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Beaded and Embroidered Lion for Game of Thrones Dress

Got one of the lions finished today; there are two, one on each sleeve. This dress is inspired by one of Cersei's dresses in Game of Thrones.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Costume Shoot

We did a shoot today with just some of the costumes I have available, either ready made or for custom orders. I will post more in a day or two.

All photos are copyright Sue McCaskill, and Don McCaskill

Sir James in one of  the 18th Century Court Vests

Lady Irene in the Pirates of the Caribbean
inspired dress
Lady Irene

Lady Irene

Lady Irene

Friday, 18 April 2014

New Project

For my next project, I am going to try to make the gown Cersei wears in Game of Thrones. The fabric is not the same, so the effect will be different. Below are a couple of photos, including one of Cersei in the dress.

The dress I will be making

Cersei's dress

This gives an idea of what the sleeve will
look like, but I still have to embellish the lion
The two fabrics I will be using; the main fabric on
the left, and the lining/contrast on the right

Friday, 11 April 2014

Progress Six-Pirates Dress- Finished!

Finally finished the handwork on the dress this morning. Lining sewn, and hems done. It's been an interesting project; not something I usually do, but I think I might make another similar one!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Progress Five- Pirates Dress

I've pinned the over skirt to the bodice and put in the grommets for the back. They are supported by a steel bone for strength. Getting there, slowly but surely!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Progress Four-Pirates Dress

Getting there after a few hiccups! Bought some trim for the sleeves, but after pinning it on, I decided it was a bit too much, so looking for something a little more muted. Sleeves set in, lining finished and lace on. Tomorrow, the skirt, which involves much pleating and gathering. Also need to do the eyelets. I haven't decided whether to do traditional sewn eyelets, or use grommets.