October 28, 2011
Posted In: Sewing

Death by Murder

Piano Skirt
I recently got to participate as a suspect in a “Clue” type murder mystery game. My character was an accomplished musician with a conductor wand for her weapon. 

In real life I’ve played the cello and tuba–neither of them very well. I’ve never been good at counting anything faster than eighth notes. I lucked out that the band conductor was more concerned that I could march a mile with the 30 lb instrument than if I could hit all the notes.

I am thoroughly convinced you don’t need to have musical talent to play the tuba, just a good chiropractor. My brother confirmed my theory his freshman year by following in my footsteps.
26″ Bell Diameter    

So, even though I didn’t really fit the part of the “accomplished” musician suspect, I had a blast sewing this pleated skirt for my costume.
The yoke is pleated bridal satin.  The ruffle fabric is just something I picked up in the quilting section at Jo-Ann’s. The sharp keys, flat keys, and box pleats on the bottom are moiré .

If anyone lives in Florida or is thinking about visiting Orlando on vacation, there’s a Sleuth Mystery Dinner Show that’s worth checking out:  www.sleuths.com 

The comedy is pretty funny and the jokes are subtle/clean enough that it’s safe for young kids too. 

1 Comment

  1. Sarah Ahiers

    Love Love LOVE the skirt! It is adorable!!
    Up here in MN we have a place called Spicer Castle which is a bed and breakfast and they host murder mystery dinners. One of my CPs did it this weekend and said it was awesome. Which means it's time to save up my money

Who is Kimberlee Turley?

Kimberlee Turley grew up in California where she earned a degree in Fashion Design from FIDM in 2005. Soon after, she married her husband, who was neither Mr. Darcy nor Edward Cullen, but he’d read her atrocious first novel and said it was “good” with a straight face.

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