Lorraine PettitLorrainePettit - Costume Shop Manager, Cutter, Stitcher

University of Alaska Fairbanks

P O Box 755700

Fairbanks Alaska 99775-5700

(907) 474-7630

1535 Mary Ann St.

Fairbanks , Alaska 99701

(907) 456-8119


CostumeShop Manager University of Alaska Fairbanks1998 --Present

Drafting or adapting patterns. Cutting costumes, & supervising student construction of same.Construction of soft armor and mascot type costumes. Ordering supplies.Maintain wardrobe inventory.Track costume loans to various community theatres. Assist Faculty designer in teaching costume courses. Supervise work study assistants.See my

online portfolio of this work.

AssistantManager Alterations to Go Greenbrae, California1993--1998

Fitting customers.Balancing daily work in and out with cash drawer. Building custom garments.Altering suits, wedding dresses, and other ready-made clothing.Supervising five other seamstresses to do the same.

SampleSeamstress & Pattern Maker Folkwear Patterns, San Rafael, California1986--1989

Taking patterns from existing garments and making paper patterns. Sewing sample garments. Testing instructions. Writing pattern instructions and the “Measure Up” column for Networking Folkwear newsletter.

SeamstressVogue Cleaners, Frank’sCleaners,Sudsette Laundry, San Rafael Laundry 1990--1993

Repairs and alterations of garments, including darning.Plus odd requests, such as making a new set of monkey fist cuff links, when one of the originals had been destroyed by cleaning.

CostumeShop Manager, Drama Dept, College of Marin, Kentfield CA, 1974-1978

Sewing and craft work to build, or supervise building, of all costumes for year round 7-8 show season including one opera and 2-3 musicals per year.


Universityof Alaska Fairbanks 1998-2000 classes taken incostume history, theatrical makeup.advanced costume design and construction , beginning through intermediatemetal-smithing, Alaskan native arts.

Collegeof Marin1972 thru 1978classes : intro costuming,theatricalmakeup,theatre history theatricallighting,art history ancientworld, art history renaissance


"Athena"Fairbanks Drama Association(communitytheatre) River Front TheatreMay2003 Fairbanks Drama Association, Director: Thomas Riccio

"PalaceLate Night Cabaret" Palace Theatre andSaloon(professionaltheatre)July 2003Palace Theatre, Director :RafaellaStimmelmeyer


Ihave years of experience with dyeing in an industrial dye vat, period millinery,and building many foam sculpture costumes. In 1999 I taught a summer schoolclass in paper mache to third graders, so I can easily teach more complexsubjects to college undergraduates, (which I’ve also done).I can knit, crochet, and tat. I’ve crochetedgarments out of unlikely materials like videotape.I also do various forms of bead work and origami. I have found with agood set of instructions, or even just a sample or picture, I can teach myselfalmost any type of hand work.


TaraMaginnis, Ph. D. Costume DesignerAsso.Professor (My present boss) University of Alaska Fairbanks (907)474-7630

KadeMendelowitz Chair, Dept of Theatre (Where I work) University of Alaska Fairbanks(907) 474-7638

JessePinnow Costume and Lighting Designer (former UAF student, and designer of a showI built) 2556 Second Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98119 (206)491-9362 cell

RafaellaStimmelmeyer, stage director of "Palace Late NightCabaret" Palace Theatre andSaloonwhich I designed costumes for in July 2003

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