Helen Uffner – Vintage Clothing

This method really works well to secure the Bergere hats to your head when hat pins are not enough...

When history evolved and women were beginning to avoid wearing stays; the practise of using jumps, began. Angela Clayton takes us through this process as she sews her 18th Century ensamble.

Nelly Saunier’s desire in her work is to elicit emotion in others. As a feather designer—a plumassière—she’s done that by creating pieces for Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Piaget, Givenchy, and most recently, Warner Bros.’s live-action feature, Pan. Step inside of her Parisian atelier and see how the magic of her work unfolds. For more check out.

Knowing how to make a mask is a handy bit of  information ...

If you wind up with a plethora of petersham, you could always make some trim .... adding seed pearls or a dab of glitter ....

Need a few Regency bonnets for that show?

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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.

Costume History was one of my favourite classes in university. The professor would show slides of historical clothing from museums alongside replicas, so we could see what the pieces actually may have looked like.

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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.