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Elegantly Frugal Costumes: The Poor Man's Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide [Paperback]

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Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2003
Publisher   Meriwether Pub
ISBN  0916260887  
EAN  9780916260880  


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Do-it-yourself costume maker's guide by Shirley Dearing. This wonderfully practical book literally shows you how to make costumes for plays, pageants and musicals at the lowest possible expense! Over 150 detailed illustrations work with the easy-to-follow text to walk you through every step of the process. Just about every basic period is covered: Biblical to Medieval, Renaissance, The Fabulous Fifties, 1800s to World War I, the Roaring Twenties and more.Many helpful hints on making or buying realistic period theatrical costumes on a shoestring budget from cast-offs, donations, scraps, and other easily obtained materials.

Publishers Description
This wonderfully practical book literally shows you how to make costumes for plays, pageants and musicals at the lowest possible expense Over 150 detailed illustrations work with the easy-to-follow text to walk you through every step of the process. Just about every basic period is covered: Biblical to Medieval, Renaissance, Angels, The Fabulous Fifties, 1800s to World War I, The Roaring Twenties and more. Many helpful hints on making or buying realistic period theatrical costumes on a shoestring budget from cast-offs, donations, scraps and other easily-obtained materials. Also included are "special effects" costumes, helpful hints for getting into and out of costumes, and a glossary of costuming terms. A book that will pay for itself with its first use. Contents: Resources: Where Do I Start?, Period Costumes, Who Was That Masked Man?, Undemeath it All, Helpful Hints and Useful Information, The Play's the Thing, Epilogue: Behind the Scenes, Glossary.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Some good ideas.....  Jun 19, 2002
I received this book as a gift, and I am grateful for it. It does have some good ideas, some that I hadn't thought about, some different ways of doing things. It helps to think in different ways, do some brain-exercising.
 
Simple and Informative  Dec 1, 2000
What I like about this book is that it foregoes any esoterica and costuming theory in favor of good old fashioned practicality. The reader doesn't have to sift through the excruciating snobby details, but instead is given the real lowdown as if visiting with a best friend who happens to be a costume mistress.

This book focuses mainly on costuming for low-budget productions (such as community theatre or a school play), providing useful information and advice on making good-looking costumes from already existing garments and/or thrift store offerings. Information abounds about time period, costume cuts & styles, ways to splurge or skimp on your costumes and still have them look fabulous, as well as details that an inexperienced costumer might overlook (such as using velcro instead of buttons for ease in costume changes).

I would highly recommend this to anyone who is involved in costuming for a production, or anyone who simply loves costumes and loves to recycle old clothes into great new ones. I love this book and have read through it several times just for inspiration.

 
cosstuming on small budget  May 17, 2000
An excellent book of ideas and help for someone wanting to learn to costume for community theatre. It contains excellent examples of her own work that is easy to follow. It does not overload your brain with useless information. A good starting out book, that aids a person in organizing the information , and research problems needed to suceeded in this field. Also a good read for veterans of the design buisness to give fresh ideas and back up what they have done . After 35 years finally I have found someone who appreciates the use of thrift stores , goodwill and lace curtains for stage costumes. Thank you Shirley for putting it into words and pictures.
 

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