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General How-to Books for the Costumer
File:Crittercostuming.jpegCritter Costuming: Making Mascots and Fabricating Fursuits: Books: Adam Riggs
- The Costume Book: The Non-Professional's Guide to Professional ResultsFile:Vestments4all.jpeg Vestments for All Seasons
File:Costumetechhandbook.jpeg The Costume Technician's Handbook 3/e Rosemary Ingham & Elizabeth Covey. The standard textbook on costume construction and costume shop management. Excellent information on drafting, cutting, shop equipment, and forms. This is the improved and expanded text of the old, beloved, The Costumer's Handbook. Illustrated in B&W and Color.
The Magic Garment : Principles of Costume Design
Cutting and Draping Special Occasion Clothes: Designs for Eveningwear and Partywear
The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets
Costumes and Chemistry: A Comprehensive Guide to Materials and Applications
The Business of Theatrical Design
Elegantly Frugal Costumes : The Poor Man's Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide
File:Medievalcostumeandhowto.jpeg Medieval Costume and How to Recreate It
Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, Medieval-1500 Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator) Worth every penny of it's hefty price tag, this book is high on scholarship, illustrations, easy to understand text and diagrams, and is one of the best, most detailed how-to manuals for costumers ever written. I had been working as a costumer for almost 20 years when I first saw this book and still, I'd say lots of it's techniques were a revelation. It shows in essence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.
Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress 1500-1800, Jean Hunnisett, another volume like the above.
Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909 Jean Hunnisett, another volume like the above.
Men's Seventeenth & Eighteenth Century Costume : Cut and Fashion an R.I.Davis book with a large number of useful patterns and construction tips. Similar to Hunniset books in format and quality.
Men's Garments 1830-1900 : A Guide to Pattern Cutting and Tailoring an R.I.Davis book with a large number of useful patterns and construction tips. Similar to above, but paperback.
Halloween: The Best of Martha Stewart Living (The best Halloween how-to book ever. This book proves once and for all that Martha is actually a closet "Goth")
File:Howtoalterbridal.jpeg How To Alter A Bridal Gown
File:Thehalloweenhandbook.jpeg The Halloween Handbook : 447 Halloween Costumes
The Sewing Machine Guide: Tips on Choosing, Buying, and Refurbishing
The Costume Designer's Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers Rosemary Ingham & Elizabeth Covey. The standard textbook on costume design. Illustrated in B&W and Color.
Animatronics: A Guide to Animated Displays
Ali Baba Studios Costuming Secrets Unveiled: Creating Basic Bra & Belt Sets VHS
Stage Costume Step-By-Step : The Complete Guide to Designing and Making Stage Costumes for All Major Drama Periods and Genres
Bodymapping : The Step-By-Step Guide to Fitting Real Bodies
Costuming Made Easy : How to Make Theatrical Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing, Rogers. Every possible tip one can use to quickly and cheaply turn thrift store clothes into the costumes needed to produce high school and community theatre musicals and plays. No high school drama teacher should be without this book for showing students how to make gorgeous costumes out of little more than air and a few hours time.
Broadway Costumes on a Budget : Big-Time Ideas for Amateur Producers This book and the one below, are full of tips for quickie costuming using bits from thrift stores to cheaply make costumes suitable for school plays, parties, and low-budget community theatre productions. They don't tell you how to make historically correct frocks for period reenactment, but they do tell you how you can make quite decent looking costumes for stage with no money, no time and no help.
Instant Period Costume : How to Make Classic Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing See above description.
- The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook
- The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook
Fit For Real People File:Image-904740-7245945 Fit For Real People
Complete Book of Sewing
How to Make Sewing Patterns
Clean It Fast, Clean It Right : The Ultimate Guide to Making Absolutely Everything You Own Sparkle and Shine
Crafting Handmade Shoes : Great-Looking Shoes, Sandals, Slippers & Boots
Draping for Fashion Design
Waisted efforts : an illustrated guide to corset making
The Little Bodice Book : A Workbook on Period Bodices (Ambrose, Bonnie Holt, Little Costume Workbooks.)
How to Dress Dancers : Costume Techniques for Dance
The Basic Costumer
After a Fashion: How to Reproduce, Restore, and Wear Vintage Styles
Costume Design : Techniques of Modern Masters
Costume Design 101 : The Art and Business of Costume Design for Film and Television
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Drawing on the Artist Within : An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Increasing Your Creative Powers
Drawing the Head and Figure
Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
Virtual Pose : The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure (contains a CD-ROM)
Watercolor Basics People : People
The Figure : An Approach to Drawing and Construction
Draw Fashion Models! (Discover Drawing)
Drawing Simple Shapes (Drawing Lessons for Beginners, vol.1)
Drawing People (Drawing Lessons for Beginners, vol.3)
Drawing and Sketching With Markers
Complete Guide to Sewing : Step-By-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Furnishings
From the Neck Up : An Illustrated Guide to Hatmaking
High-Fashion Sewing Secrets from the World's Best Designers : A Step-By-Step Guide to Sewing Stylish Seams, Buttonholes, Pockets, Collars, Hems, and m
Halloween Costumes (Singer Sewing Reference Library) Good fun for civilians. Explains how to make cute clever and attractive party costumes with no previous experience.
Disney's Face-Painting & Costume Kit
Illegally Easy Halloween Costumes for Kids
Snazaroo Zoo : Great Faces and Easy Costumes to Bring Out the Animal in You
The Usborne Book of Dressing Up : Face Painting/Masks/Fancy Dress (How to Make)
The Fantastic Costume Book : 40 Complete Patterns to Amaze and Amuse
Dazzling Disguises and Clever Costumes
Halloween Costumes (Singer Sewing Reference Library)
Fabulous Fun Costumes
How-to Videos for sale:
Introduction to Sewing Machine Repair #1
How to Service Your Own Sewing Machine H-2
How to Service Your Own Sewing Machine-Singer Featherweight H-1
Newer style Singer-type free arm zig-zag sewing machine #3B
Newer Style Singer-type free arm zig-zag sewing machine #3A
Singer class 15 #4
Front-loading zig-zag (various makes and models) #5
Singer Featherweight Model 221 - Singer 301 #2B
Singer Touch and Sew (600 Series) #6
How to Service Your Own Sewing Machine H-2
Singer Featherweight Model 221 - Singer 301 #2A
You Can Make It - Learn To Sew - Level 1
The Art Of Sewing Welt Pockets & Bound Buttonholes
The Art Of Sewing Collars
Shirtmaking Techniques With David Page Coffin
Sewing to Success
Sewing With Sergers-Basics
Sewing With Sergers-Basics II
Vogue & Butterick's - Designer Sewing
Speed Sewing Ten Super Tips
Sewing to Success
Sewing Seams Simple for Teens:Vol.1
Sewing Seams Simple for Teens: V. 1 - Elastic Waist Pants
Needle & Craft: Sew a Wardrobe in a Weekend
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