Super hero capes

So as most people who k ow me know, I have a kid. A kid who hates full costumes. Quite frankly I don’t blame him. I never did like Halloween and I have face paint and having to dress up for costume events. I know I know. How strange that this is the career I have chosen don’t get me wrong I love dressing other people! Ha. Well in May I got that opportunity. My son Keaton attended a nursery school where parents were encouraged to participate, be a guest reader, and share their talents. I thought well I have all of this extra fabric at home and a ton of left over spandex from others projects let’s do superhero capes. It was a hit. I precut all the spandex bases in one easy no sew piece. Roughly this shape:


I cut 18 of those before arriving and then assembled precut squares of fabric for the children to choose. Add some glue and some buttons and shiny rhinestones and they were set! They turned out great and after dried their teachers took pictures of them for me. See below:


It was a  simple low stress project that didn’t require too much prep or clean up. It was nice to share with the kids.

Hanging sweaters

ok if you know me, you know I’m a cleaning and organizing nerd. That’s the shop manager in me breaking out. But had to share. My latest designer hung sweaters this way and I will now be doing this from now on. Thank you hunter! But apparently he learned this trick from Susan hilferty…..

Instructions:

Fold sweater in half, use armpit seam and line up with hanger head, wrap around and fold into hanger. Tada, clean. Easy to view and no stretching. 

My Latest Projects

My biggest and most important “project” as of late is my baby boy. Yes that’s right, I had a baby. A boy at that. I am loving every minute of it. I hesitated at first putting this on my blog,  (he’s three and a half now) knowing that some may see me less dedicated (as my times gets more divided) but i need you to know all of me. My family helps makes me who i am and i love that little man…..realized I had taken a break from the blog for a while, but I’m back! Just wanted to blend personal and work life. Mix it up. Who you are influences your work. And my personal life is amazing…hoping it rubs off on my designs. Just cause I have a life outside theater, doesnt mean i dont still love for my art. I’m still an artist. I’m a lover of learning! Having a blast learning every day, thanks to my hilarious shadow, my Coney Island, beach loving, my little pony, vehicle fiend.

texture/distressing good images

http://tyrannyofstyle.com/matt-reitsma-textile-artist-noah
amazing texture, color and fabric choices all of which make me very happy.
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resources

so recently i came across this site when i realized all my show files were at work. At home we got a new computer (the last one died will all my info!) so i didn’t have access to them right away. looking for a quick measurements sheet i came across this lovely ladies design portfolio and she includes some templates. i wanted to put it up to share if others are in need or find themselves without access to their usual files. http://www.tollefsondesigns.com/costumes/handbook.html of course there are other sites with this info and you can create your own. i’m wondering if any other costume designers would find it helpful to have an ap for their phones for measurements and quick reference sheets?

Job search help part 2

A while back i posted links on where to look for design jobs, thought i would add this. Found this through worn through.com

Job Search Websites

stylecareers.com
• Types of Jobs: Any and All in apparel (q quick search of visual merchandising positions on 4/14 resulted in over 75 position positings)
• Cost for full access: None but you must register to apply for jobs through the website
• Information available: generally full job descriptions, some employers include information on applying directly to the company

jobs.wwd.com
• Types of Jobs: All fashion career jobs
• Cost for full access: None
• Information available: generally full job descriptions, link to the employer website, some employers include information on applying directly to the company

fashionjobstoday.com
• Types of Jobs: Retail
• Cost for full access: 1.99/4 days, 19.95 Month to month, 49.99 for 6 months, 69.99 for 16 months
• Information available without full access: Can see new job postings and a brief description, but are not able to apply.

us.fashionjobs.com/jobs/index.php
• Types of Jobs: Fashion Jobs of all types
• Cost for full access: None
• Information available: generally full job descriptions, link to the employer website, some employers include information on applying directly to the company

uk.fashionjobs.com/jobs/index.php (UK regional search of fashionjobs.com)
• Types of Jobs: Fashion Jobs of all types
• Cost for full access: None but must register
• Information available without full access: generally full job descriptions but cannot apply without registering

fashion.net
• Types of Jobs: PR, marketing, retail
• Cost for full access: None
• Information available: generally full job descriptions, link to the employer website, some employers include information on applying directly to the company

fsrl.co.uk
• Types of Jobs: Retail, design, production, wholesale, visual merchandising, PR/marketing, international, product development, etc.
• Cost for full access: None, just have to register
• Information available without full access: You can see job listings, but cannot apply unless you register with the site.

theretailtool.com
• Types of Jobs: varied – all types
• Cost for full access: must register to post your resume
• Information available without full access: job description, must register to post your resume in order to apply for jobs

fashion-jobs.biz
• Types of Jobs: Marketing, Creative, Fashion, Retail
• Cost for full access: 39.95
• Information available without full access: job postings and descriptions, cannot apply and descriptions do not include the name of the employer

fahsionindustrynetwork.com
• Types of Jobs: Retail Buyer, Management, Styling
• Cost for full access: none – it links you to apparelsearch.com/employment.htm

dailyfashionjobs.com
• Types of Jobs: Fashion jobs and internships
• Cost for full access: None, this is a blog that writes about job and internship opportunities
• Information available: whatever the blog writer includes, usually job description and contact info for employer

apparelsearch.com/employment
• Types of Jobs: mid price department stores, athletic stores, shoe stores
• Cost for full access: None
• Information available: Directs you straight to the companies page.

couturestaff.com
For those with some experience. This is how couturestaff.com describes the service:
“Welcome to the World of Luxury Brand Candidates and Careers that we see every day.
Couture Staff is a One of a Kind Boutique Staffing Agency. Our focus is on Executive Recruitment for High End Fashion, Accessories, Jewelry and Watches, Handbags and Cosmetics. Whether you are in Corporate, Retail, or Wholesale, our mission is to pamper your search with everything you want, everything you need and, most importantly, everything you deserve!”

thefashioncareersclinic.com
Career services and job posting site for designers

jessilynpersonnel.com
Definitely geared to the design/production side of fashion

fashionunited.co.uk/career_centre

fashioncareercenter.com

fashionjobsearch.com

fashionmarketingjobs.com

mayorofthemall.com

creativejobscentral.com

fashionjobsite.com

workinretail.com

clothingindustryjobs.com

No slip socks

I’m currently designing Trojan Women. I have 21 women including named characters and chorus. They are in hospital gowns w/ detention center identification stamped on them, prisoner numbers tattooed on their inner left calfs, and bruising, etc. and they are in socks. The stage is to look like a once great palace burned down to rubble. I didn’t want them in shoes or slippers. I wanted them to look like their former clothes were stripped from them and this is what was issued. Socks were the next best thing to me besides bare feet. We decided against bare feet because of the rubble on the platforms. But the rubble is rubber bits so it’s still comfortable to maneuver in socks. That being said as the rubble moves around they have more area to slip. So I decided to make the socks non slip. Since my budget can not afford buying each female non slip white socks. I decided to make them. It’s really simple, so I thought I would include
Pics And a brief description. cost: about $30.00

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start by pairing all socks (these were kmart special and i tried all them on the ladies first)

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make a template to put inside sock (don’t forget left and right), this template i made out of leftover foam board we had in the shop. This helps to let the fabric paint dry and helps you see your surface area. Don’t cover the whole area you still need it to be able to stretch to the shape of the foot.

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insert templates

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start to apply in desired design. i like puff paint as my medium cause its machine washer and dryer safe and holds up best for laundering.

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i did a zigzag dot pattern then went back and added small dots for extra coverage.

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the socks drying now wait till tomorrow and take them in with me. overall it took about an hr 30. i just turned on some this american life and went to town assembly line style. and i’m so lucky to have my expandable antique dining room table to be able to do large projects. thanks betsy! (my mother in law)

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and these are my fur babies that were absolutely no help in any of this. ah to be a cat.