Costumer's Blog

  • 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 131 times Read more...
  • The Costume Department
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         It's not very often that I encounter someone who feels as I do about working in the Costume Department, but this video really struck me and I wanted to share it with you.

        Costume Designer Allisa Swanson speaks about how central the character is to her design; that she allows her characters be a bit flawed, but believable and not matchy-matchy. Her renderings are great; they clearly show no colour or style conflicts for each scene of that particular episode. She warmly describes the normal working cycle of becoming exhausted, taking some time off to heal, and then raring to go to work on a new project. She's not kidding about the hours; a normal shift is 12 hours and 5 days a week. However, a project may have a shorter shooting schedule, requiring 12 hours a day for 7 days a week; for several weeks.

    Written on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:12 Be the first to comment! Read 272 times Read more...
  • Creating Historical and Period Costumes
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    Costumers the world over, have a great deal in common; our love of costumes, and of crafting fine and wonderful work that is enjoyed by thousands of people, for generations and beyond ..

    Take the experience of Jackie Fitzsimmons, for example. Jackie  is a highly skilled historical costume maker based at Sands Films, Rotherhithe. Described as a ‘hidden treasure’, Sands Films is a period costume facility, based in a Grade 2 listed granary building located metres away from the Thames. The company has created costumes for countless film, TV, stage and opera productions, including Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables and Harry Potter. One of three generations to work at Sands Films, Jackie followed in her mother’s footsteps 20 years ago, helping with the ironing and washing of costumes. Since then she has worked on every part of the costume process, from sewing and embroidering, to dying fabrics, washing and ironing. Her daughter works alongside her, and her granddaughter of just 8 has recently been bought a sewing machine. Let's let her tell us*;

     

    Written on Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00 Be the first to comment! Read 161 times Read more...
  • Opera, the way it Really Happens
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    The slogan 'Our Heroes are Back' is used to announce that, after an absence of one decade, all major pieces in the Rijksmuseum's collection are back where they belong. This is what happens when they suddenly emerge in an unsuspecting shopping mall somewhere in The Netherlands.

    I love the reaction of the mall patrons; especially the children ...

    Written on Thursday, 03 December 2015 10:41 Be the first to comment! Read 183 times Read more...

The Cutting Room

Trims: Part 2 - Ruffles, Lace, Embroidery and more ...

Trims: Part 2 - Ruffles, Lace, Embroidery and more ...

Welcome back to Trims: Part 2 - Ruffles, Lace, Embroidery and Read More
Always check pockets before doing laundry ...

Always check pockets before doing laundry ...

IMPORTANT: Always check pockets before doing laundry ... Read More
Vikings Season 2: Joan Bergin's Costume Tour | History

Vikings Season 2: Joan Bergin's Costume Tour | History

Joan Bergin walks through her workshop showcasing members of her Read More

How to Dress 18th Century- How To Put On 18th Century Front Lacing Stays

This video will walk you through the steps of getting 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.