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Costuming Made Easy: How to Make Theatrical Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing Paperback – January 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1566080484 ISBN-10: 1566080487 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Pub; 1 edition (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566080487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566080484
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barb Rogers is a Meriwether Publishing author.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Niceguy california on November 13, 2003
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If you think this book would be a good inspiring source for your Halloween costume or for your kids' school show, think again.
The ideas in this book are good but it has several big problems. First, there are no color pictures. Each entity has a hand drawn illustration for the alternation and a two inches high, whole person figure, very bad quality, black and white picture to show the final result. Since most of the costumes here need at lest two pieces of original clothing of different color and style to combine with, only if you saw a lot of board way show and hopefully remember exactly how the major characters' costumes looked like, you probably will be easily confused by those illustrations. Second, a lot of material she used here is originally costume itself (or quite fancy old-style dress to say the least) but not ordinary cast-off clothing you might think you could find in nowadays closet.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2000
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I thought this book was wonderfully written so even somone like me does not sew well, I can still create a costume to die for. I am always making costumes for something, but this book has really opened my eyes to new innovative ways to create something alot nicer than I would ordinarily make. Thank You Barb for the book, it helped me alot and I am sure I am not the only one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine A. Delrossi on January 22, 2008
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If you need to make a costume for an event or for a theatrical performance and you don't have the time, skill or interest in sewing from a pattern, then this book is for you. It is packed with clever ideas that transform old clothing into great costumes. The woman is a genius! On the down side, it is not geared to kids costumes, so you might be disappointed if that is what you are looking for. Also, be warned that some of the costumes shown for a particular show are not period or character correct in some cases (Jud in Oklahoma for example). If you are costuming a show, you should do your own research. Overall, though, this is a great book that I refer to often.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By buttle on August 1, 2000
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Even though we had never before made a costume in our lives the book allowed both me and my wife to win a local costume contest. The clear and consise directions saved my life when I had to finish my costume the weekend my wife was out of town. And thanks to Ms Rogers we not only impressed our friends, we're $50 richer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Haney on October 10, 2010
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This book might be useful IF you were working with an elementary school drama club, in a big enough city to have dozens of thrift stores and IF you had absolutely NO skills at sewing, ability to read a script OR imagination. I ordered it because it looked like it might have some useful suggestions, but it is nothing but a record of how a specific garment was changed into a specific costume, mostly with hot glue. It's not even accurate as to when various musicals are set!
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Good ideas- poor publication. I AM a costumer for a public high school with a strong drama program and no money. I make costumes out of thrift store clothing all the time. I bought this book hoping I could get some more ideas, as I tend to do things the hard way and come up with a better way to do something after-the-fact. There were good ideas, and interesting concepts for transitioning a common item of clothing into something decade specific. But the biggest problem with this book- NO COLOR PICTURES!!! Sorry, but black and white doesn't show the details. The cover is deceiving. There also wasn't much in the way of step-by-step details- it basically said "dye this, glue this on, cut this, etc." Any costumer who is serious wants the costume to look good up close as well as far away. That requires knowledge of certain sewing skills, even basic ones. Hot glue is good for props, or millinery, but costumes? Not so much. Don't waste your money.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robyn Lee Markow on April 30, 2002
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I had my doubts at first when the author said she could assemble a costume with just glue,some seam ripping and little to no sewing. Then I saw the costumes. Wow! I just wish the pics were IN COLOR(hint,hint) so I could fully appreciate them. Now were's my glue gun?;-)
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