Yippee Skippee! Today I have a singing update (about time, ain’t it?) to share with you all! Over the past, what is it now, three months? We girls have been pretty much on radio silence on the singing field as we prepared for the busy season we have ahead. But finally, as Spring is just around the corner, and our busy schedule approaches, it is high time that I share what on earth has been going on in the singing life of the Boyer Sisters.
“Practice! Practice! Practice!” After all, that’s what makes perfect! Being the song-writer/transposer/copier/whatever-that-person-is-called-who-writes-down-music-by-ear, I had a rather big hurdle to get over this past January as I got used to using a new songwriting software called Sibelius 7 First. Let me tell you, this software has changed the way I write music. It is AWESOME! Once you get used to it of course. We decided at the end of last year to make the small investment in this software, as the girls had an, ahem, hard time reading my sketchy hand-written notations. So, now we have beautiful, clear, professional looking sheet music to practice from. HOORAY! Oh, and 10 points go to the person who guesses the full title of that song we gave a peek of above, because I’m not telling! 😉 I will give a small clue… Seafood anyone?
And what would a new singing season be without new dresses? And hats too of course! I can’t remember which one of us first came across the delightful 1940’s photograph above, but as soon as we girls saw it, we knew that we had found our inspiration for our singing ensemble for this Summer. The nautical theme is perfect, and so different from what we girls have worn in the past.
In order to replicate the sailor dress, we decided that Butterick B5846 would do, with a bit of tweaking to the neckline to make a sailor collar instead of the regular shirt collar. We also eliminated the buttons down the front opting instead for a zip front similar to this 1940s dress. For the fabric, we purchased the most delightful of Navy Blue Sateen from Organic Cotton Plus. For the trim we also purchased their braid, which turned out to be smaller than I expected (when will you ever look at the dimensions of trim, Brigid?), but will still have the right effect I think. The dresses are in the works right now, and hopefully we’ll share them with you all before the Summer is over.
Now as to the hats, which I suppose I should have started with according to the pictures, we still have not quite made up our mind. Some of us want to purchase some Army Surplus Sailor hats, while the rest of us (i.e. me, and possibly Jessica) want to make berets closer to our inspirational image. I just don’t think I will like wearing a sailor hat. They always look funny if they’re not the right size. Either they are too small, and are sitting on top of your head like a muffin, or they look like a deflated beach ball swallowing you up if they’re too big. So, I think my next assignment is to make a pattern for a beret similar to View 1 of vintage Simplicity 2173. Okay, if hat-making is what you want, then hat-making it shall be!
By now, unless you already spoiled the show and scrolled down to the bottom of this post, you all are probably wondering what the whole sailor theme is for. Well, my dears, take a look below…
Yes! We are going to be singing on the deck of the U.S.S. Alabama! The final details are still being settled, but if you happen to be in the area on April the 11th, come to Mobile, and see the U.S.S. Alabama. We will be singing on the fantail of the ship throughout the day, as well as wandering around enjoying the sights and meeting new people. It’s going to be a fun time, especially considering we get to see our dear friends from Tennessee again, and sing on the deck of an actual 1940’s battleship!!! Oh boy, I’m already half fainting with excitement! I hope we’ll be able to meet some of you down in Mobile, AL! It will be such fun! Oh, and if you want to keep on top of updates regarding Alabama, you can go and like our Boyer Sisters page, and make sure to click to get notifications. Then you’ll be all set to find out what the Boyer Sisters are up to!
Do you think you’ll be able to come see us on the U.S.S. Alabama?
Which hat style do you think we should do?
Any guesses as to the title of the song we gave a peek of above?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer