Bluffton Fire Capt. Chris Garniewicz’s usual firefighter uniform can be described as inspiring, yet creatively uninspired. But the colorful costumes he and his wife, Lara, make in their free time are worthy of sugar plum fairies and mouse kings.
Chris and Lara have been sewing and designing costumes for “The Nutcracker” ever since their daughter Hayden, now 10, joined the Dance Theatre seven years ago. This year, they created the delicate ruffles and glittering baubles on nearly every costume in the show. “I get some odd looks sometimes when I tell people I make tutus,” says Chris. “The guys at the fire station take it in stride because they’re also asking me to alter pants and fix tears. I just got done sewing zippers back on some sweatshirts.”