|Year||Role / Type||Name of Production / Director|
|2019||Wardrobe Assistant (Work Experience) |
|Guys and Dolls|
Year Qualification Where 2019 Historical Costume Construction Northern College of Costume 2019 BA Hons Costume Design and Making Nottingham Trent University
Pattern drafting and draping; hand and machine sewing, including the use and maintenance of industrial machines and overlockers; dyeing fabrics; taking measurements and assisting fittings; interpreting my own and other’s designs into garments; sourcing materials; setting and managing a budget and deadlines; maintaining Costume Bibles; Life Drawing; Photoshop; Illustrator.
Pauline Chambers (NCoC) **contact removed**
Debbie Gamble (Sheffield Crucible) **contact removed**
I’ve recently graduated with a 2.1 from Nottingham Trent University studying Costume Design and Making where I was able to experiment with a range of construction and design techniques and themes. This course enabled me to create both historical and contemporary garments and develop important independent life skills such as time management and organisation. During my Third Year, I designed and made two contemporary outfits inspired by the Japanese singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu which incorporated techniques such as: pleating in opposite directions; shibori hand-dyeing; constructing head-pieces; using LEDs and working with sheer fabrics.
Since graduating in July, I have studied on an intensive 15-week course at the Northern College of Costume, York. This experience has enabled me to hone my making skills, specifically in historical construction.
The first project I worked on was making an 1890s women's daywear ensemble. This consists of a corset, bustle, petticoat, skirt, bodice and apron. My favourite part of this costume is the frilled taffeta edging, which I hand-frayed and hand-gathered. I feel that this detailing really made the whole outfit come together.
The next project, 1830s menswear, was a great way of improving my tailoring skills. I created a pair of trousers, waistcoat, frock coat, and matching cravat for this outfit. The frock coat was the most challenging part, as it required many layers of canvas and interfacing to hold its sturdy structure.
For the final project, I was able work from a design which I selected from the 1940s era. The design I chose was a dirndl outfit from a vintage German magazine, as I felt this would be an interesting alternative to the classic British and American wartime-fashion.
Following the end my studies, I attended a 4-week work placement at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Here I assisted the Wardrobe department in making the costumes for their upcoming Christmas show, Guys and Dolls. My main tasks were: the construction of faux fur stoles and over-sized bows; making feathered net tails and trim; adapting shirts to make them suitable for quick-changes; flat-tacking, and conducting small repairs and labelling costumes.
During my free time, I enjoy making my own clothes, usually re-purposing old pieces or adapting them to make them more “me”. I also dabble in crochet and knitting from time to time.
- Years in industry
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