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The costume book : the non-professional's guide to professional results
Morris, Mary Burke.
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Publication Information:
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Pub., [2002]

Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm.
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TT507 .M673 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This beautiful new book guides readers with intermediate to advanced level sewing skills toward the successful creation of costumes for theatrical or dance performances, and for re-enactments and interactive fiction. Nearly 250 beautiful color photographs and detailed line drawings of many types of costumes, along with solid design principles, provide a wealth of easy to understand information and how-to instructions. Practical tips concerning theatrical production teams, lines of authority, budgets, scheduling, and post-production storage of costumes are included. An annotated bibliography and a resource guide are both useful references.

Author Notes

Mary Burke Morris has designed costumes for the American Youth Ballet. She has acted as the primary editor of newsletters for the Washington, D.C., based G Street Fabrics.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 4
Introductionp. 5
The Production Team, Lines of Authority, and Basic Design Principlesp. 8
Practicalities: The Budget and the Schedulep. 26
Costume-Making Techniquesp. 34
Before You Cutp. 35
The Almighty Gussetp. 46
The Fabric is Cut: The Die is Castp. 50
The Construction Processp. 51
The Tutup. 59
Costumes for People and Critters - Real and Imaginary - Who Must Movep. 79
Costuming Performers for Competitionp. 90
Costume as Dress: Historic Re-enactment and Interactive Fictionp. 111
After the Party is Over...p. 151
The Costumer's Annotated Bibliography and Resource Guidep. 153
Sources for the Basic Shapes of Clothing in Various Places and Historic Periodsp. 154
Theatrical Construction Techniquesp. 157
Other Resourcesp. 158
Sources of Specialty Fabrics, Notions, and Trimsp. 159
Specialized Sources for Historical Costumersp. 160