Liberace was an incredible showman and his costumes, designed by Michael Travis were amazing. Take a peek ...

In 2010 I was hired by Cirque du Soleil as a Costumer/ Stitcher to do day-work (wardrobe maintenence) for the Calgary run of the show. Here's a quick look ...

Mr. Porter and Director Matthew Vaughn  created a bespoke collection from Arianne Phillips’ costume design for Kingsman: The Secret Service. Each piece is crafted in Britain by heritage manufacturers, from the tailoring, shoes, watches ties.

Now, your gentleman can look like a Kingsman ...

The creative partnership between one of Canada's premier theatre schools and one of the country's leading contemporary theatre companies expands in exciting new directions for artists and audiences alike with Canadian Stage's 2013 Shakespeare in High Park productions, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew.

Here’s a look at traditional Chinese clothing styles through the dynasties, Part I

Lauren and Abby of American Duchess demonstrate getting dress in 1740s daywear, from the "skin out," starting with the chemise, then the stays (corset), underpetticoats, and finally the outer layers. Lauren displays her 1740s Outlander cosplay outfit made from Simplicity 8161 and 8162 with additions and alterations. Abby answers questions and gives historical background on real 18th century dress.

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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.

With so many shows requiring period wardrobe for men, I thought it high time to go through some man-specific wardrobe practices ....

Ballet costumes have a tough job; they must look delicate and gorgeous, be highly flexible, durable and work for the dancer. I think dancers are athletes; they spend more energy in one minute of dance than I do in an entire day. The costumes must cling to their ever-stretching bodies; but not so much that the dancer cannot extent their graceful arms and legs. Indeed, this amazing feat of engineering by accomplished cutters and stitchers is beautifully hidden by silk, lace, beads, jewels and feathers.

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.