“I know some new tricks”, said the cat in the hat, “A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother will not mind at all if I do.”

The cat in the Hat, Dr. Suess


Tricks they are what we build our trade on.

Skill is where we start. I will never say that skill is ever replaceable. The more we know about what we do, the better we are.

For me knowing how to build clothing helps me know better how to take it apart, break it into components, and do what needs to be done on the day to get the shot no matter what is required!

But it is the tricks, the little things that we stumble over, learn the hard way, and then Share!!

Yes, I have used that word again!

Share, share, share… That makes our jobs so much better!

So I am sharing just one such little trick that we stumbled across last year while solving a problem.

Our challenge began in the wee sma’ (small hours of the morning ;)) We were working on a huge final dance sequence with young energetic cast. The cameras were set the music started, and the dancers began to move… hips shaking lower… lower… low and behold! Our view of the cast was… well let’s say a few more flashes of white than Mr. Disney had in mind for the finale of a kids show.

Aladdin-disneyscreencaps.com-5032Okay, our challenge was how do we take this costume back to PG, stay in the colourful world we were in… and all in roughly half hour!


The search was on…

What was in the boxes!

White stretch shorts and a lot of them… good start but where to go from there?


Disney Descendants! The amazing Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, and her daughter Mal, Dove Cameron.

The following video is a less frantic recreation of what became the final, brilliant, quick and colourful solution that saved day.

I share with you the great Sharpie Caper of 2014….

6 thoughts on ““I know some new tricks”, said the cat in the hat, “A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother will not mind at all if I do.”

  1. Hey! So if you only had a 1/2 hour, did you have time to wash all the garments? Or did they have a layer on underneath so they ink wouldn’t seep through?

    • Hello,
      So Sorry on the delay.. Just got the the site up and running again!

      Yes we had a quick turn around but we were able to hand wash and iron dry in the time.. A little damp but it was a very warm night and no one complained!

      Great Question,

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