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All students of costuming need to learn basic sewing techniques to build costumes for theatrical performance. Basic Sewing for Costume Construction teaches just those fundamentals. Cunningham brings decades of classroom experience as she guides readers with clearly laid-out projects covering hand stitching, fasteners, pinning, sewing, and seams. Additional material on measurement, fabric selection, and use of commercial patterns, as well as three complete construction projects, round out the Second Edition. Each project builds on the previous one to develop a full understanding of the costume construction process.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Rebecca Cunningham
Publisher: Waveland Press
Release: 2011-08-31
File: 168 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781478608417

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"All students of costuming need to learn basic sewing techniques to build costumes for theatrical performance. Basic Sewing for Costume Construction teaches just those fundamentals. Cunningham brings decades of classroom experience as she guides readers with clearly laid-out projects covering hand stitching, fasteners, pinning, sewing, and seams. Additional material on measurement, fabric selection, and use of commercial patterns, as well as three complete construction projects, round out the Second Edition. Each project builds on the previous one to develop a full understanding of the costume construction process."--Publisher's website.

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Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Rebecca Cunningham
Publisher: Waveland PressInc
Release: 2005
File: 111 Pages
ISBN-13: 1577664086

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Constructing costumes requires a diverse set of skills to successfully create magic on the stage. Knowledge of sewing is vital, but Katherine Strand-Evans shows how much more is involved. She walks readers step by step through setting up and supplying a costume workshop; choosing fabrics; draping, drafting, and manipulating patterns; dyeing and fabric modification; and constructing accessories such as historical undergarments, hats and headdresses, shoes and footwear, masks and armor, jewelry and crowns, and, new to this edition, wigs (written by James McGough). Throughout, the author considers not only the creative aspects of executing costume designs, but also the limitations of budgets and time. Costume Construction opens doors for each reader to find his or her own path to becoming an effective costume technician.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Katherine Strand-Evans
Publisher: Waveland Press
Release: 2014-09-03
File: 227 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781478626947

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Successful costume design requires a solid foundation in general artistic principles and specific knowledge of how to apply those principles. Cunningham presents readers with just such a foundation and develops it to expose beginning costume designers to the myriad skills they need to develop in order to costume successful stage productions. She begins at the most basic conceptual level—reading plays from a costume designer's perspective. She then follows through with the practical considerations that must be considered at every stage of the costuming process—research, development, sketching, and costume construction. Cunningham has built on the long-standing success of the outstanding first edition with new figures and updates throughout the text, including 24 pages in full color. Examples have been selected from a wide range of stage productions representing a variety of designers, styles, and approaches. Interviews with award-winning designers from stage, film, and other media show the practical importance of the book's concepts. Every chapter incorporates material reflecting the ever-increasing impact of technology, especially computers, on costuming. New to this edition is an ancillary download package (available here), giving students a selection of basic figure drawings to serve as the base layer for digital renderings, ready-made forms and checklists for assembling and organizing costumes for shows, and a list of research and reference websites with easily clickable links.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Rebecca Cunningham
Publisher: Waveland Press
Release: 2019-10-22
File: 445 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781478640066

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If you have a love of history and clothing, there is a role for you in the theater. This book outlines the skills needed to be a costume designer, what must be done while the show is being rehearsed, and what the designer does during and after the performance. There is a chapter on how these experiences can translate to work in the real world, and there is a sidebar about someone who has made a career out of a love of clothes.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Ruth Bjorklund
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC
Release: 2016-12-15
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781502622785

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Genre: Theater architecture
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2006
File: Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105133490610

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This text provides a systematic overview of the process of costume design for the stage, & it takes the mystery out of a complex field.

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Genre: Design
Author: Rebecca Cunningham
Publisher: Waveland PressInc
Release: 1994
File: 395 Pages
ISBN-13: UCSC:32106011396022

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Sewing techniques are sometimes overlooked in the design process but acquiring these skills can be transformational. The ability to turn a two-dimensional design into its three-dimensional realization comes from having mastered basic sewing techniques. Sewing Techniques simplifies the often complex techniques that lie behind this process by arming designers with the precise information and skills needed to undertake each task. Designers who develop a basic understanding of the processes involved in sample and garment construction often produce successful outcomes based on a more experimental and creative approach applied during the product development process. Developing a sample folio and being able to refer to samples and develop them according to each individual design project is a process that requires experimentation and creative thought underpinned by a basic understanding of sewing techniques. This book explores the essential equipment needed - from fabric types to diagrams identifying component parts of a sewing machine, to machine operation. Throughout each process, clear diagrams accompanied by explanatory description panels allow readers to achieve the best possible results, including how to troubleshoot problems that may be encountered before and during sewing. Each section concludes with a project, progressing from easy to challenging. Fabrics for each project give designers the opportunity to handle different fabric types and understand the complexities of sourcing and selecting. Mastering the basic principles covered in Sewing Techniques will enable both fashion students and the contemporary craftworker to develop their techniques with a view to becoming creative practice-based professionals.

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Genre: Design
Author: Jennifer Prendergast
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release: 2014-03-27
File: 184 Pages
ISBN-13: 9782940447718

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Genre: Clothing and dress
Author: Katherine Strand Holkeboer
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Release: 1989
File: 218 Pages
ISBN-13: UCSC:32106010314877

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Sewing Techniques for Theatre: An Essential Guide for Beginners distills the intimidating art of sewing down into simple, quick, and effective lessons to prepare readers for an entry-level position in a costume shop. The lessons follow an hour-by-hour structure, offering detailed instructions to creating 11 sewing samples, a scrub shirt, and a tote bag. Embedded in the projects’ directions are lecture materials on safety, irons, fabric, and patterns. With a wealth of hands-on exercises, review questions, photographs, and step-by-step instructions for compiling a portfolio, this guide teaches aspiring costume technicians about the culture and machinery of the costume shop, and equips them with the necessary skills to begin their career as members of a costume shop team.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Tracey Lyons
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2019-05-15
File: 156 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780429946486

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