Ironing a shirt properly can be very important to the show you work on. For example, can you imagine how different Les Miserables or the elegant scenes in James Bond films would look if all those white dress shirts were hopelessly wrinkled? Yikes. Film and television cameras are able to zoom in for a close up and costumers are loathe to see anything less than a beautiful, crisply ironed collar,yoke, sleeves and body of a costume shirt.
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.
Megan Fairchild, Principal Dancer for the New York City Ballet discusses ballet pointe shoes. She talks about the shoe and how ballerinas feel about them ...., and Angel Betancourt explains that dancers will often wear out one shoe in one day, or one performance. Can you imagine how many shoes a ballerina wears if the show has eight performances in one week? That's 8 shoes per week! Wendy Whelen, also a Principal Dancer with the company shoes us how to break in a pair of pointe shoes ... interesting.
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.