[quote quote=4741]Hi Terry,
You’d mentioned in the Q&A that you have staff that create the patterns for the costumes. I’m curious because I know of local theatre costume shop that makes their mock-ups in muslin first before ever cutting into the actual fabric.
~Are the patterns done in cloth and sewn together as mock-ups to see if they’ll fit the actors or their dress form first?
You’ve also mentioned using using old techniques in making the wedding dress that haven’t been used in a while.
~Are all the costumes made on modern machines? Or has the staff found that some older machines or sewing tools work for the period styles that you need to achieve?
The patterns are made first in paper, based on the designs. (We keep a library of patterns)
Then a muslin or a calico (UK) is made and fit on the actor. From there we make it in final cloth.
We have a hodge lodge of machines. A few banks of commercial modern machines, but then there are all manner and assortment of odd ancient machinery about our shop.