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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 3

In the last part of her series, Lisha explains some final wardrobe tricks to ensure your theater production looks professional.

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 2

Tips on improving theatrical costume, including the tricky issue of skirt, petticoat and hoop length - how long should each be?

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Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

Improving Theatrical Costumes, Part 1

You're in charge of costumes for a theatrical production? There's a big task ahead! Lisha Vidler gives her tips on improving theatre costumes.

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And Now for That Other Stash . . .

And Now for That Other Stash . . .

"The Other Stash?" you ask. Shoes, hats, coats, wraps, parasols, stockings, undies... here's how to organise The Other Stash.

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Taming the Stash

Taming the Stash

Here's how to manage your fabric, trim, patterns, buttons, and other costuming materials before they take over your home!

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Drafting 5: Publishing Patterns

Drafting 5: Publishing Patterns

What if you want to "standardize" your patterns and sell them? It's not as complicated as you might think... Jennie shows how.

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Pattern Illustration, Part 2

Pattern Illustration, Part 2

In part two of her series on illustrating your own pattern directions, Lisha teaches us how to create a digital sketch, step-by-step!

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Pattern Illustration, Part 1

Pattern Illustration, Part 1

Creating your own line of sewing patterns? You'll need strong illustrations, an appealing cover image and clear diagrams - here's how...

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Period Costume for Film 2

Period Costume for Film 2

In part 2 of her series, Chantal explains the practicalities of working in Wardrobe and gives plenty of excellent insider tips and tricks...

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Period Costume for Film 1

Period Costume for Film 1

Ever wondered how those costumes get on screen? Chantal explains the process of getting hired and starting out in film costume design.

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Marketing for Small Businesses

Marketing for Small Businesses

Being the 'mysterious costumer' may sound interesting, but it doesn't pay too well. Izabela tells us how to market our costuming businesses to ensure success.

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Managing Big Commissions

Managing Big Commissions

Sewing historic costumes as a business takes far more planning and organization than as a hobby. Izabela has some tips on time management for commissions.

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Problem Customer Warning Signs

Problem Customer Warning Signs

Jema Hewitt and Alexis Black advise on the warning signs of a problem customer or project, and how to tactfully say "no"...

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Avoiding Difficult Customers

Avoiding Difficult Customers

Benefit from a pro costumer's experience of dealing with difficult customers, including how to avoid distressing ones in the first place!

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When's The Time To Go Pro?

When's The Time To Go Pro?

Turning your “hobby” into your career can be frightening. Before you give your boss and spouse the big speech, take our quiz!

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Photographing Costumes

Photographing Costumes

Do your photos do your work justice? Here are the tips and advice that will help make your costume photos as good as they can be.

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Costuming from a Distance

Costuming from a Distance

Costuming people you have never met can be frustrating, but with experience and forward planning, many pitfalls can be avoided.

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Costuming Reenactors

Costuming Reenactors

Costuming nonprofessionals or re-enactors is different from professional theatre or film work. Suzi shares her experience.

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Costuming Actors

Costuming Actors

Professional costumer Suzi Clarke reminisces about her years at the RSC dressing actors, and then shares some helpful tips on fitting.

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Contracts for Seamstresses

How do I know they'll pay, and won't ruin and try to return what I've made them? The answer to most business concerns is to have a good contract.

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