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Elegantly Frugal Costumes: The Poor Man's Do-It-Yourself Costume Maker's Guide Paperback – August 1, 1992

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About the Author

Shirley Dearing holds degrees in music and art and has sung and designed costumes for several operas. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Pub; 1st edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916260887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916260880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful By yarden on November 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
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.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By C.A. Enyart on May 17, 2000
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Ente on March 19, 2014
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Liked the book and found many useful ideas for a non-professional doing costuming on a budget. An interesting addition to a costumer's library. Some of the directions for converting thrift store finds to period clothing were not specific enough (like where the fabric to change sleeves, matching or not would be coming from.) Better sketches and details on procedures would have been helpful, especially for non-professionals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gh383 on March 19, 2013
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This book had lots of good ways to recycle clothes from the thrift stores. I found lots of good ideas and techniques for re-using old clothes. Some patterns. Great as a concept and idea book more than a book you will find stock photos of period costumes. I would recommend it!
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ReeQueen on June 19, 2002
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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.
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The book looked new, I feel I got a great bargain! Plus upon reading it, I got a lot of information to help me in creating the costumes.
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By Joanne Dexter on August 22, 2013
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This book is filled with clever ideas. I wish it had more examples of different periods, but what she shows is very helpful.
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By Debbie Morris Bender on August 15, 2013
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Daughter-in-law loved that I took it off her wish list for a Christmas present. She is very talented and creative.
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