Houston costumer redesigns pageant wear

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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The basement of the West Bethany Lutheran Church on the Ingalls Homestead has been turned into a temporary dressmaking shop.


Former area resident, Laurie (Cramer) Husmann, and a crew of four girls, including Husmann’s daughter Aletta Husmann, niece, Abigail Thompson, and two of Aletta’s friends, Teresa Lee and Julia Shkedy, have been busy creating new costumes for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant that begins July 11.  Shkedy also is employed at the Ingalls Homestead this summer.


The new costumes are possible this year because of a $5,000 grant from the South Dakota Arts Council.


“It sounds like a lot of money, until you consider the amount of fabric we’ve bought and the time spent,” Husmann said.  The bonnets alone are hand-stitched and each one requires several hours of work.


Husmann and her crew will sew at least 15 new dresses, complete with accessories, including bonnets, bustles and other undergarments.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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