Rae Stephens

Rae Stephens

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Glam Fabrics

Ah, the glam fabrics ... you know; velvet, taffeta,satin, brocade, silk, and of course, tulle. These fabrics are very popular for costumes of all kinds; theatre, dance, ballet and historical reproductions. Each type of fabric has it's own ways, and needs to be handled carefully. For example, heavy fabrics like brocade and fabrics with nap like velvet require special care when pinning the layers together. Silk and taffeta require special pressing and laundry, and, just what can I say about tulle? This article discusses some useful tips for costumes made from these fabrics.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00


1946 Showgirls ... have a look into the past ...
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Dury Lane Theatre Wardrobe Department

The Dury Lane Theatre Costume Department makes 500 costumes a week ... have a peek into the past and meet Miss Williams, the Wardrobe Mistress.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

Fashion History

This black and white fashion news reel from Pathe News shows us some glamorous evening wear plus takes us way down memory lane to the days of endless petticoats, corsets, bodices and overskirts. The museum pieces show us how these pieces were worn in the day.
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 00:00

Serging Inward Corners

Sometimes, we need to serge a square neckline. This is tricky work; I know I needed to practise more than just a few times. At one point, the video instructor asks the viewer to make a small cut of 2-3 millimetres or 1/8 of an inch. It's a pretty small snip, but effective. Have a look at the video and give it a try.
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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.