Season two of Amazon’s Just Add Magic premiered this month and I'm delighted to finally share the sewing I did for the Halloween episode. Just Add Magic follows the adventures of three girls that find a magic cookbook, and by baking enchanted sweets solve mysteries in their small town.
I had a lot of fun taking a pile of vintage dresses, fabric and trims and transforming them into these spooky frocks. Costume designer Andrea Sweet needed three zombie prom girl costumes for a big Halloween party scene, so the colorful dresses needed to be toned down with layers of black tulle netting.
Projects like this are often fast—I made these overnight so that Andrea could whisk them away to an ager/dyer for finishing touches. A change in the script, a rearranged shooting schedule or last moment casting can cause situations like this, where costumes needed to be created immediately. It's the costume department's job to keep on our toes and make sure everyone is dressed appropriately. Thank goodness for tulle and decorative trims! There was no time to waste hemming and hand embellishing with a one-night turn around.
With the help of my dress form, I draped fabric right on the dresses, pinned it in place and carefully sewed it down on the sewing machine. By machine stitching down pleats in less noticeable areas like side seams, I was able to keep hand sewing at a minimum. Eight hours later, all three dresses were ready to go. The project was a lot of fun!
You can see the new season of Just Add Magic on Amazon’s streaming service.