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…..


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. 

texture/distressing good images

amazing texture, color and fabric choices all of which make me very happy.








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

• 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

• 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

• 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.

• 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

• 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

• 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.

• 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

• 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

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

• 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

• 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.

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!”

Career services and job posting site for designers

Definitely geared to the design/production side of fashion










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


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


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.


insert templates


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.


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



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)


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

“Who do you think you are going round leaving scars”: make-up

For the current show I am designing, Trojan Women, I am giving one of my characters a scar. I wanted something that could be recently fresh and had dimension, looked deep, and was most importantly easy for the actor to do himself or with limited help (large cast of 30!) once taught. So after doing some research I found a product i haven’t used before. It’s called Rigid Collodion and available online in various sizes and from different manufacturers. I am able to get it locally from most Halloween and specialty makeup supply stores.  A simple Google search lists local and online suppliers. I found this video on YouTube helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IatpF_jEJKs&feature=player_embedded   i liked how thorough and helpful this guy was.

How to use it:

• Draw out the scar with a red lip liner, lightly etching out the shape. (the color or shade of liner you use will determine the freshness of the scar), add any other bruising or shadowing you want for desired effect.
• Apply on top of the makeup the rigid collodion and let dry (takes about 30sec to 1mn for each layer)
• Keep applying to create a deep scar (about 10 for good gashing)
• Apply translucent powder to take down the shine
• Add and shading (highlights and shadows) or bruising if needed.
• Finish with a final powdering.

After doing this (all of which took like 5 mn application and drying time, doing only 3 layers) This is what it looked like:

this product peels off easily but you can also use spirit gum remover if using applications within a run so you don’t lose fresh skin.

Thank you to my lovely intern Janelle Abbott for volunteering her face for this demo. She was lovely! (lately i’ve been trying different bruising, blood, make-up techniques on her including zip ties on her hands and hooding her, poor gal, i’m sure she’s thinking “this job just got really weird” ha ha) but I so appreciative of her willingness to partake in my demos.

up next will be bruising and blood……stay tuned.

a tribute to those passed this year.

I learned at the beginning of this week that that someone I worked with when I was just beginning in costumes during my first summer stock job had passed away. Paul Favini was a wonderful designer and also a wonderful person. I borrowed this from a friend and decided to post it because I liked what it said: http://russelldeanschultz.com/advice-from-a-master-paul-favini/. I remember that I was working on my first costume design the summer before the fall and Paul helped me to free up my drawing and also helped me with my portfolio as well; helping me to know what people looked for. I feel i’m still doing all of those things, but he was the first besides my mentor John Owen Franklin (who also passed away from cancer the summer of 2008) to show genuine interest and care towards helping me to prepare for academia and beyond. Also Last Week we lost designer Eiko  Ishioka. I did not know her personally (She passed from cancer as well) but I have always admired her work (whether I was aware or not) here is a great tribute to some of her amazing work. http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/a-tribute-to-eiko-ishioka.

when design isn’t enough….

Recently, I was asked by a past student what are some other jobs he can use his costume degree and skills to do when he doesn’t have design opportunities available. He like myself has a strong technical background as well. So looking through my CV and thinking of odd jobs I compiled this list for him. It began:


Being a new yorker, and dealing with the large amount of living costs and inflation, and rent, and blah blah blah insert more boring info on the high cost of living in new york city (we have talked in depth on this)….I have started thinking about all the random jobs I have had where I was paid for my services. Let me start by saying often I find when you meet someone new here you go through the usual, what do you do? often you’ll hear ” iI work (insert money job here) but i also do this (insert random or fun job)” or you get a series of “oh i do (7-10 ) different jobs”. As a young designer, I often take other jobs in the field or in the “art realm” jobs so far the jobs have been as follows:

  • costume shop management
  • assistant design work
  • shopper for costume houses or designers (also includes swatching)
  • first hand for costume houses
  • working art installations or with artists who need sewing
  • freelance alterations
  • developing costumes for burlesque or circus performers
  • draping for commercials
  • crafts artisan
  • writing about costumes in magazines or encyclopedias
  • re purposing old couches, making drapes or cushions and other scenic sewing
  • styling for photo-shoots/head shots
  • bridal work
  • make-up special effects application and design
  • hair styling/ wig styling
  • wardrobe (my least favorite! and I avoid like the plague!)
  • teaching
  • alterations/stitching/draping for commercials
  • mask and craft work
most of these jobs were acquired by referral or word of mouth, on the rare occasion craigslist list or playbill/backstage jobs. (and the email continued…)

I know there are so many more categories that I haven’t had the chance to work in. Can anyone add stuff that they have done and how they got them? Much appreciated.