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Costume How-to, advice and pattern links

How-To Advice Links

(Halloween How-to Tips located

HereGeneral

The Costumer's Manifesto free online book of advice to costumers

INTRODUCTION

"The Manifesto" a Statement of Purpose and Ethics for Costumers

FAKING CREATIVITY

FLEX YOUR HEAD MENTAL AEROBICS

IDEA STEALING

DEEP THEORY

RESEARCH HERESY

PORTFOLIOS AND RESUMES

COSTUME SHOP & COSTUME SHOP SAFETY

TAKING STAGE PHOTOGRAPHS

THE COSTUMER WITHIN

TRAVEL FOR THE SOUL

Salary and Respect

COSTUME SHOP QUOTES

THINGS NOBODY TELLS YOU ABOUT SEWING MACHINES

Costume and Trivia Advice

What Do You do as a Costume Designer for a Living?

Photographing Your Costumes for Your Portfolio, Onstage and in the Studio (handout from Costume College 2004.)

Same text as above, but interspersed with the images that were used as slides for the lecture

How do you make those fluffy elbow ruffles you see on 18th Century Saque gowns?

How do you get to visit a study collection of costumes in a museum?

I'm in Community Theatre Costume Hell. How do I get these people to act like professionals?

where do I find research materials for 1905 Russian Jews

how to make Big Hair

I'm a Heterosexual Transvestite who needs advice on

body padding so my dresses will fit better.

How do I teach a little girl's soccer team how to

tie dye their uniform socks

What is "RIT spray dye"?

THR 254 Costume Design & Construction Projects at The Costumer's Manifesto

Suit Conversions

Paint

Applied Decoration

Surrealist Pockets

Changing Collars

Masks

Plaster Bandage & Foam

Foam and Airball on a Plastic Base

Carved Insulation FoamMask

or

Foam Mold for Muslin Mask

Wire Sculpture

Muslin Mache Mask

Sewing

Renaissance Hat

Cape

Paperwork

Measurements

Building Your Portfolio

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AmazonOtherFiskars7929.jpg Lorraine's Favorite

Millinery

Placemat Hats

Amazing uses for a Baseball Hat

Basic Bandeau of Buckram

Edwardian Hat

Hat Made Using Craft Felt

Craft Felt Sculpture

Straw Braid Hat

Thermoplastic Helmet

Project

Non Toxic Metal Finishes for Armor

Wigs

Beauty School Dropouts & Other Painted Wigs

Witch Wig into Samurai Lady

Extensions & Hair Rolls

Making your Own 18th Century Men's Wigs

Chemotherapy Patient Hats

Fabric Modification

Fortuny Style Pleating

Foam crafts

Airball Sculpture

Simple Foam Headpiece

Complex Foam Headpiece

Animal/Bird Foot Shoe

Other Crafts Projects

Plaster Bandage Breastplate

Make your own Geta (Japanese wooden shoes) Project

Copying Period Fans

Sample Sheet of Antiqued Jewelry Finishes

Costume Properties Construction Handbook

Chapter 1 Creating Non-Toxic Metal Jewelry Finishes

Chapter 2 A Muslin Mache Mask

Chapter 3 Quick Latex Nose (Positive Mold)

Chapter 4 Detailed Latex Mask (Negative Mold)

Chapter 5 Flexible Paint on Latex

Chapter 6 Cast Acrylic Jewels

Chapter 7 A Sculpted Foam Rabbit Head

Chapter 8 1910 Lady's Hat of Buckram

Chapter 9 A Shop-Made Edwardian Hat Pin

Chapter 10 A Felt Hat Made from Craft Felt

Chapter 11 Celastic Greaves

Chapter 12 Shop-Made Corset Bones

Chapter 13 Hexalite Helmet (now called Veraform)

Chapter 14 Non Toxic Metal Finishes for Armor

Chapter 15 Distressing a Standard Man's Shirt

Patterns, Tips: Make-up, masks, historical, fantasy, foreign...

- Costuming Articles (LOTS of good how-to info)

is the SF Bay Area's Only Open-Access Public Workshop -- What Do You Want To Make at TechShop?

- Playlist - How-to Costume & Makeup

Making a contract for custom sewing work? Good guidelines at

Sewing Licenses and Regulations in Nebraska, CC393

- How to Make a Regency Era Bonnet

More than you'll ever want to know about measurements, size conversion tables, and choosing pattern sizes.

For Larger Figures

Goddess How-To Tips

to make Steampunk Goggles, Threadbanger | ThreadBanger

- SteamPunk Goggles for Less then $10: Threadbanger Crossover

Maker Faire

CRAFT The first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance in the world of crafts.

Costuming

Tips Arts & Crafts Directory 

Gabriel - site showing a costume for the angel Gabriel, with process pictures of chain mail, wing and wig construction

to Make a Tutu for Ballet or a Halloween Costume Tutu

- Learn for free - Explore Arts, Crafts, Music, Writing & Creativity

- How to make a Fat Suit!

- Build Samurai Armor! Become an ancient warrior the indie way

- Halo Armor, Master Chief DIY : BFX : Build

- Gatling Gun Arm Costume : BFX

- Halloween Bigfoot Costume : BFX : Build

CRAFT The first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance in the world of crafts.

Shop FAQ- American Repertory Theater Costume Shop

Patterns, Tips - Instructions, make-up, masks, accessories...

Directory - Recreation > Parties > Costumes > ConstructionThe Costume Workshop Featuring Books, Videos and Costume Designs

Knitting, Sewing, Lace making, Ribbon work, Tatting and Crochet patterns and instruction

do I make fake icicle wings for a costume Ask Metafilter

MAKE Technology on Your Time

« Crafty Tips & Crafty Websites  Great Crafting Tips and Websites

Blog » Blog Archive » Gross Anatomy

The Journal of Props Professionals

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dictionary and automatic translator for any combination of English, French, Italian or German!

Incredible Stuff - Hot Glue and Super 77

Presents: Incredible Stuff - California (Map of the State) Costume Part 1

Presents: Incredible Stuff - Giant Costume Wings

place: Info on Mascot creation, period costuming & theatrical makeup

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Recommended How-To Books

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to Make Gloves—Table of Contents

Outline for Lessons in Costume Construction

Harvard Law Legal Brief on

copying of fashion design originals – “knocking off”

LARPer

KIMONO History and How-to info with animations of Obi tieing

to tie the Obi by use of gif animation

(very small) Cosplay Page: Tips, Tricks and Useful Sites

to make a Hakama at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

To Tie An Obi at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

Thermoplastics Primer at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

Wigs (for long-haired people) at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

Prop Swords at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

for Building Mascots at Sarcasm-hime's Cosplay Page

Theater: How-To: Costumes « ecoTheater

Labs: Dress Form Tutorial: Want to make an exact replica of your body for custom work?

Building Costume Equipment

Tape Double (custom dress form)

Instructions

Yourself A Fitting Assistant

Tape Dummy

Tape Dummy

Publishing - Plans, Books, Videos - Home Page

buying info: Wood Plans IFS-#1013 Sewing Center Cabinet

Dream Sewing Spaces : Design & Organization for Spaces Large & Small

A Craft Tool And Paint Brush Holder

your Own Thread Racks

Rooms and Sewing Helpers

Tollefson - Accessory Bag Project

Tollefson - Shopping Handbook Project

Machines

How To Draw Costumes

See

Costume Rendering Tips and Links

More online info about:

an Illustrated guide to the Indian Art of Draping

Sewing and Needlework

Book on Costume Sewing - Table of Contents by Ms. Leslie Robison-Greene, UoL, and Scott R. Robinson Costume Designer CWU

Lycra Bodysuit

Beading Ring

- Playlist - Sewing Tutorials

101

Articles and Columns on Cleaning, Sewing, Trends, Tips, Projects

to make Gloves

Frogs and Ball buttons

Buttons and Frog Fasteners

Sewing, Smocking and Bridal at Baltazor Fabrics & Laces

to Make Your Own Irish Dance Costume

DarkLeather.com --Home

DarkLeather -Instructions for making an Underbust Corset and Celtic Knotwork

Sewing Resources

Fabric

You Can Make It - Learn To Sew - Level 1 (1995)

to the Home Sewing Association

to Measure Up

the Correct Pattern Size

Out

Sa'id's FAQ - Costume Construction

- the period way (Medieval)

Peregrinator's Weeb Page

Sewing & Garb Accessories Site

16th and 17th Century Clothing: Drafting a Basic Block Pattern

A Matrix Costume - Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, Agent Smith...

Embroiderers project - Plastic Space-Age Vest

New Sewing Links

That Fit You - FreeClasses

And Fabric Links: Learn To Sew

Sewing Classes

Home Sewing Course—Table of Contents (long)

515-451-9531

Jargon and Technique

Kleibacker: Master of the Bias

with Velvet, NF00-424

Art & Technique of Sewing Velvet

Sewing Workshop: Satin Secrets, Microfiber Soft Suedes

Sheers

with Voile, NF00-431

Sewing Licenses and Regulations in Nebraska, CC393

With Knit Fabric; G92-1091-A

Extension Catalog of Publications--Textiles, Clothing & Design

You Ought To Know About Sewing Machine Needles, NF 96-250

Fabric for Use; G91-1028

Baba (Belly Dance) Costuming Secrets Revealed (Video how-to)

Machine Manuals for sale in Downloadable Format

Web - Sewing Resources on the Web

There a Difference In Threads? You Be The Judge!

Tips and Tricks by One Tough Costumer

Home (Free Patterns and sewing instructions for all 8 styles of men's stretch swim trunks)

Lesson Index

Studios

515-451-9531

Abello's Sewing Resource Guide

Application of Horsehair Braid (crin trim) to Hemlines

Tape Method of making A Renaissance Bodice Pattern

Two Costumes - Duct Tape Patterns

ingen Dairmata, Garb

Making Guide - The Semi-Circular Pattern.

Publications - Howto's

To Make a Quick and Easy Cloak

To Make a Quick and Easy Top Hat

To Make a Quick and Easy Monster Head

To Make a Quick and Easy Guido (Large Beret)

To Make a Quick and Easy Jester Hat

To Make a Quick and Easy Tabard and Tunic

Unusual Materials & Plastics

See also

Links on Wearable Computing,

Smart Fabrics and Electronic Clothing

Stewart: Crepe Paper Costumes

Groups : Fetish_Sewing

to make a wing tip collar out of a Clorox bottle

to That (Glue Advice)

Videos: TAP Plastics

King Set Designs on a Budget

- The Vacuum Table Page

The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets

With Clear Silicone Rubber - Instructables - DIY, How To, craft, art

body parts in plaster - Instructables - DIY, How To, craft, art

Kahn's Vacuum Form Table Plans

Science & Surplus

EL Wire & Drivers - Electroluminescent Wire, aka el wire, glowstring, inverters

Framing and Art Supplies - How to Library

Part Plaster Moldmaking (PDF)

Publishing - Plans, Books, Videos - Home Page

- How-to Costume and Prop Building (Star Wars, Star Trek & other movie costumes)

Casting and Mold Making/The Alchemy Works

Arts Mold Making Page

mold making

a Foamcutter

Mold Rubber

to make a Ghillie Suit (the best instructions on the net!)

- Casting Resin, Silicone Rubber, Moldmaking Materials

Construction Area: How to make Cast Body Armor, step by step

Info and Posts on making Star Wars and other Movie Prop replicas

Thermoplastics Primer at Sarcasm-hime's (very small) Cosplay Page

& Mike Percival's Costume Library (with tips on wing making!)

Wings

Guide to Making Chainmail

Plastic

a Vacuumform Table

to Solder EL Wire

Foam Armor Tutorial

Realm of the Jedielfqueen (Tutorials on craft foam armor, fabric paint embroidery, templates, and many things for making LOTR and Star Wars fan costumes)

101 - Main Page (Craft Foam sheet and Polystyrene sheet armor)

Guyver BioArmor (Cast Armor) Construction Site

Creations: (How to info for making Vacuuform armor)

Prop Armor

Walk-in Prop Closet

Foam

- Orc Armor (Making LOTR fan armor from leather and craft foam)

of God

Victory Armory

Vacuum Forming

Costuming Work

Robot Costume

Man / Neon Anubis

NON-TOXIC CRAFTS COOKBOOKDH2 - Definitive How To make Star Wars Costumes (Vacuuform)

The Complete Guide to Glues and Adhesives

Mache Rediscovered

Breakdown and Distressing

surfaces

to Work with Celastic

to Make Lava Lamps - Oozing Goo

Patterns

The Omnigarment Convertible Multi-use CostumeCostume Pattern Links

Online

Makeup

Many more links on the

Makeup Page

Hats

101-Making a 14th Century Hood

How do I make a big showgirl-type headdress?

More How To make Hat Links

The Perfect Turban (Sikh)

Sangat (Sikh Turban)

a Turban (Belly Dance)

Creation: Headwrapping Step-by-Step (African)

Hair & Wigs

s y c h e d e l i c S h e e p: Crazy hair from crazy bitches

Wig Advice Page

How to Style a Wig

[3]

Token Pages (All about Hair Extensions)

Transformation - a guide to wigs

Hair Dressing Instructions 1849

Elvis Wig Pattern

More

Hair and Wig How To- & Info

Where to find Supplies

Costume Supplies

Sewing Resources

a Professional Theatre Company Costume Warehouse

Cleaning and care

Care - Historical Reenactment - 2/14/99

Removal Guide

Removal

Clean It Fast, Clean It Right : The Ultimate Guide to Making Absolutely Everything You Own Sparkle and Shine

Vintage Connection

Your Collection of Antique & Vintage Fashions

To Clean, Store, & Display Antique & Vintage Fashions

& Storing Antique & Vintage Clothing, Fashion

You're Pestered By Pests

More info at

Museum Links

Tying, Pleating and Wrapping

in Pride - wrapping a Kente Cloth

Faking Fortuny "Delphos" Pleats

Silk

Computers

Seven Steps for Making a Costume Shop Web Page

to make your own web pageeGroups : patternmakingsoftware

Album Maker

How to support the costs of hosting your costume site through affiliate programs

Painting, Dyeing & Distressing

NON-TOXIC CRAFTS COOKBOOK3.4 how can i paint my leather jacket or shoes?

Copier Transfer Paper

Fabric Dyeing And Painting at UAF

Many more how to dye links on the

Dye Page

Reference Images for Costume Distressing

and Weathering Pages

figured out the best way to stencil EVER. A must read. (tutorial and pics)

Education & Career Development

and Crafts Classes at Crafty College

for Starting a Costume Business

What Do You do as a Costume Designer for a Living?

Design for the Theatre Designer - Theatre Resources from Artslynx

Design Portfolios - Theatre Resources from Artslynx

Timeline and Product Usage

does what in the theatre - Theatre Resources from Artslynx

Design and Theatre TechnologTheatre Resources from Artslynx

Jewelry

how to make

of American Silversmiths - Photo Tips for Metalsmiths

Lemke Unique Jewelry: Heraldic Reproduction Jewelry

how to make

wax seals

Wings

Tutorial

the Gargoyle - Wings

do I make fake icicle wings for a costume Ask Metafilter

Gabriel - site showing a costume for the angel Gabriel, with process pictures of chain mail, wing and wig construction

of Fancy--Wings

- Flapping Wing demo (no sound)

to sites on making wings

- HOW TO MAKE WINGS

Patterns for Sewing Projects - Making Halloween Wings of wire

wing construction

Avariel Site (Making Wings for costumes, forum, tips, etc.)

Incredible Stuff - Hot Glue and Super 77

Presents: Incredible Stuff - Giant Costume Wings

Fursuits & Fake fur

to... Fursuit.co.uk!

German Fursuit Page - Welcome

costumes - Mascots!

is here!

FurRing

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Critter Costuming: Making Mascots and Fabricating Fursuits: Books: Adam Riggs

to Casa Mai (home of costume and fursuit hobbysts)

werewolf costume - Instructables - DIY, How To, craft, art

Crafting

Fursuit Pages - Welcome to the Site

Clubs fursuiterden

Fur Fabric

Clubs fursuitingworkshop

Clubs for Furries

FAQ

The Foam Book : An Easy Guide to Building Polyfoam Puppets

Griffin Fursuit

Mascots & Costumes

Related Link:

Monster Makers

Happens . com - Custom Mascot and Costume Design

- The Furry Costume Information Exchange

- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

- Midwest FurFest 2006 Fursuit Parade

Movie Fan Costumes

Costume Details by Carolyn

Costume Research Home

costume guide

Trek Uniform Guide

Your Own Light Saber - Main

- Costume and Prop Building Star Wars Series

An Evil Ash Costume

[4]

Padawan's Guide to Star Wars Prequel Costuming

Wars FX

Bamin, Jedi Knight

Many More Links like this may be found at my

Movie Pages: Men With Big Hair

Click here forCostume Pattern and How-to Books

Miscellaneous

Portfolios on Dyeing, Cutting, Painting and Costume Crafts

Dumpster Diver Decor

How do you get to visit a study collection of costumes in a museum?

Food Ideas for Costumer's Parties

Grommet Setting Tips

to the Costume Plot Database!

Costume Storage Ideas and Images Database Waiting for Submissions

Goggles- SteamPunk Links

Goggles » How-To Costume Goggles

MODELLING TIPS (Making models for miniature war scenes-good info for scenic model making and more)

to Cut Quill Pens from Feathers

Shop - Supplying Casting Products To The UK And Beyond...Making "casts" for stage

JUMPSUITS (Kits for making Elvis Impersonator suits)

Elvis Wig Pattern

The Journal of Props Professionals

Art of Kiltmaking - Celtic Dragon Press

Magic Costume Changes

Magic Costume Changes by Award winning Magician Monica Monique Monros

& Dania Present Quick Change Products

- Quick Change Act

- QUICK CHANGE COSTUMES

- Quick Change

- COSTUME-CHANGE - TRANSFORMATION - book

and Viking Crafts - Manuscript Production: Quills

Dare to Repair: A Do-It-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home

How-to Videos for sale:

How to Service Your Own Sewing Machine H-2

Introduction to Sewing Machine Repair #1

How to Service Your Own Sewing Machine-Singer Featherweight H-1

You Can Make It - Learn To Sew - Level 1

Shirtmaking Techniques With David Page Coffin

Sewing Seams Simple for Teens: V. 1 - Elastic Waist Pants

Sewing With Sergers-Basics

Vogue & Butterick's - Designer Sewing

Needle & Craft: Sew a Wardrobe in a Weekend

VHS / Crafts & Hobbies / Sewing

VHS / Needlework, Knitting & Quilting

Product Links

: How to Cast Small Metal and Rubber Parts : How to Cast Small Metal and Rubber Parts

Critter Costuming: Making Mascots and Fabricating Fursuits: Books: Adam Riggs

The Original Duct Tape Halloween The Original Duct Tape Halloween

Animatronics: A Guide toAnimated Displays Animatronics: A Guide toAnimated Displays

Setting Up Your Sewing Space : From Small Areas to Complete Workshops Setting Up Your Sewing Space : From Small Areas to Complete Workshops

The Costume Book: The Non-Professional's Guide to Professional Results The Costume Book: The Non-Professional's Guide to Professional Results

Fiskars 7929 6984 Softouch Shop Shears

The Costume Technician's Handbook 3/e The Costume Technician's Handbook 3/e

Sadi Thread & Shisha Glass Embroidery: Techniques and Design to InspireCreative Stitching Sadi Thread & Shisha Glass Embroidery: Techniques and Design to InspireCreative Stitching

Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories

Saris: An Illustrated Guide to the Indian Art of Draping Saris: An Illustrated Guide to the Indian Art of Draping

Fashion (Oxford History of Art) Fashion (Oxford History of Art)

Men's Garments 1830-1900 : A Guide to Pattern Cutting and Tailoring Men's Garments 1830-1900 : A Guide to Pattern Cutting and Tailoring

The Halloween Handbook : 447 Halloween Costumes The Halloween Handbook : 447 Halloween Costumes

Character Costume Figure Drawing : Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers Character Costume Figure Drawing : Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers

Art to Wear Art to Wear

Costume Design Costume Design

Fashion Design Drawing Course Fashion Design Drawing Course

Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909 Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women's Dress, 1800-1909

Fashion Design Fashion Design

Draw Fashion Models! (Discover Drawing) Draw Fashion Models! (Discover Drawing)

Fashion Rendering with Color Fashion Rendering with Color

Caricatures (Learn to Draw) Caricatures (Learn to Draw)

Sa'id's FAQ - Costume Construction - Circle Skirts

Sa'id's FAQ - Costume Construction - Harem Pants

Expression [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] Expression [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]

Somerset Studio [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION] Somerset Studio [MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION]

Books: Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking

Books: Artists Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages

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