Costumer's Blog

  • Colleen Atwood, Costume Designer
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    I wish I could say Colleen Atwood  is one of my peeps, but I'm afraid I haven't met her ... as yet;  however, one must remain hopeful. She is well-versed in designing  fantasy; remember these credits: The Huntsman: A Winter's War, Alice, Through The Looking Glass, Edward Scissorhands and Into the Woods, just to name a few. Now she's extending her amazing talents to television shows like Flash, Arrow and Supergirl; giving us all a weekly opportunity to see her work. 

    Written on Monday, 25 July 2016 12:52 Be the first to comment! Read 65 times Read more...
  • June
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    It's June already and Lynne and I have been busy; we've had a few new additions to our shop tools as well as creating some new pieces...

    Written on Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:50 Be the first to comment! Read 119 times Read more...
  • Summer Film Checklist
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    Film crews at Tourmaline Field in Okotoks, Alberta for the shooting of "Interstellar" in the summer of 2013 

     

    Another summer season of filmwork begin but before you run out the door to call, check that you have all the stuff you need. You need work gear like your apron, gloves and breakdown coveralls; personal gear like sunscreen, lip protection and bug repellent; and finally, Then finally, the clothing gear you need  like rubber boots, extra socks, warm gloves and rain gear (pants and jacket). Costumers need to be prepared for everything and anything; here is a beginning of a list for you ... go ahead and add your own items. 

    Written on Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00 Be the first to comment! Read 630 times Read more...
  • Progress Report
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         Hello again, I thought this was a good time to bring you up to date on our sewing adventures; my friend Lynne is sewing costumes with me.It's great to have someone to work with and we enjoy each others company. 

         Like so many other costumers sewing at home, I have been happily using a generic folding table as a cutting surface as welll as a sewing/serging table. I felt it was a step-up from either the kitchen table, coffee table or floor that had previously been comandeered for projects. Even still, with a little help from my partner, we were able to make some table leg extentions to raise it up to commercial counter height; I also have a taller set that lifts the table to a comfortable cutting height. Wonderful and so much easier on my back.

    Written on Friday, 11 March 2016 11:01 Be the first to comment! Read 236 times Read more...

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Our Shop

The Cutting Room

BBC Documentary Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley

BBC Documentary Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley

 Lucy Worsley speaks to us about the Royal Wardrobe ... Read More
SHREK: The Musical - Costumes

SHREK: The Musical - Costumes

From Swamp to the Stage; Tim Hatley designed the sets Read More
Mr. Bean at the Beach

Mr. Bean at the Beach

Rowan Atkinson included this quick change skit in his first Read More
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"The Costumers Institute exists to provide industry basics, procedures, and protocols for the beginner or advancing Costumer in stage and film, through onsite workshops, publications, and product."

The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.