*(Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

Gentleman Jim, Master Tailor of 52 years, shares a few fabric handing and cutting tips. I must be nuts; the sound of his shears cutting that fabric made me smile. Wonderful tips here, and, an aknowledgement that many people cut on low tables (or floors); I think we've all cut a large garment out on the floor at least once ...

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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.

Costumers spend many hours each day sewing and ironing; either work task can cause strain and aches by the end of the day. Today's blog is about healthy sewing and ironing; hope it helps ...

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.