Rae Stephens

Rae Stephens

Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00

Costume Construction Steps

Original costumes used for a show are constructed or built in the Costume Shop. The starting point is always the same; the costume design. Costume Designers discuss and describe in detail each costume that is to be built. When you overhear such a discussion, you'll hear words and phrases such as off the shoulder, fullness, hidden closures, drop waist, fitted, hidden pockets, empire line and princess line. These terms help the cutter understand how the competed costume should look and are then able to produce an accurate pattern.
Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Wardrobe Bible Book

Can you name 7 sections commonly found in aWardrobe Bible Book? The Bible Book is a three ringed binder that holds the complete wardrobe paperwork record for any project. Of course, the finished costumes and costume photographs are proof of the accomplished work, but the Bible Book also contains specific costume notes including special costume or fabric care or cleaning, dyeing and breakdown notes.  
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Sharpening Scissors at Home

I'll never forget the first time I returned to the costume shop just as a person, whom I did not know, was holding a large piece of poster paper in one hand and was reaching towards my expensive cutting shears with the other. Yikes! I remember having a horrible feeling in my stomach; danger somehow .... {youtube}Prqv31EosYY{/youtube
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Some actors try so hard .... 

During a fight scene, an actor may place a capsule of stage blood just inside his mouth. When the fake punch is delivered, he bites down on the capsule, releasing the fake blood to spill over his lips and chin. He thought if one blood capsule makes the punch to the jaw look bloody, imagine how good the effect will look with two capsules! He placed two capsules in his mouth and when the other actor swung his fist, he bit down hard. What an effect.... red foamy bubbles started to flow from his mouth, down his chin and out into the air towards the audience with each work he spoke. Too funny; he had forgotten the stage blood recipe he was using included blue dish soap and red food colouring ....
Saturday, 05 April 2014 00:00

Dresser Tips

The night before working as a Dresser I would make sure my Dresser Kit was ready to go. I used a fanny pack to hold my needle book with two threaded needles, scissors, thimble, gum, seam ripper, safety pins, flashlight and note pad and pen. Replenish your kit regularly; check your flashlight batteries, re-thread needles so they are ready to work and replace safety pins if you hand them out. 
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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.