Costumer's Blog

  • Trousers March through Time
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    So, I was watching an episode of the old TV series Mission Impossible when I noticed the suit trouser length; the fashionable or period length of trousers worn in the 60s. ... And you know, they are almost the same length as suit trousers worn today, in 2017.

    Written on Sunday, 30 April 2017 19:48 Be the first to comment! Read 135 times Read more...
  • Spring and Summer Film Checklist; Lyme Disease
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    Last year, I wrote another blog titled Summer Film Checklist; about supplies, kits and clothing a costumer should include when working outdoors on a film. It’s good to check your kit at least once a year; to inventory the contents, replenish containers of low supplies and to add new items. 

    All my original urgings of bringing warm, comfortable clothing, extra clothing, and sun and safety gear still apply, but this year, I’d like to talk about a threat that is common to everyone who works outside during the spring, summer and autumn months - Lyme Disease. Lyme disease is an inflammatory disease characterized by flu-like symptoms, caused by bacteria that is transmitted by ticks. 

    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 15:07 Be the first to comment! Read 293 times Read more...
  • 5 Top Brands of Cutting Tools
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    Costumers usually have several pairs of scissors in their toolbox; sewing scissors, cutting shears, pinking shears, serrated blades, pointed embroidery scissors and thread snips. This blog is intended to help you make the best cutting tool investment you can.

    Written on Sunday, 12 March 2017 14:59 Be the first to comment! Read 419 times Read more...
  • 2017 Oscars for Best Costume Design
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    The 2017 Oscars nominee list for Best Costume Design is out and picking a winner this year will be tough; the designs are wonderful. Marisa Dabney provided a few details about each show (it's on the Oscars website) and after the awards show on February 26th I'll highlight the winner for you. Best of luck to the nominees, but no matter who the winner is, costumers always win through being in association with such talented designers. 

    Written on Monday, 20 February 2017 12:07 Be the first to comment! Read 469 times Read more...

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The Cutting Room

How to get into a car wearing a cage crinoline

Caged crinoline folding technique ... sometimes gentleness has to move over Read More

Bubbling and wrinkling fabric tips

Bubbling and wrinkling provide a unique look ...
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Wigs and Character

Wigs and Character

Derek Easton speaks to us about wigs and character ...
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Wonder Washing

Wonder Washing

Ladies and Gentlemen, this was just too cute to keep 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.