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Grade 7 Up-Rogers transforms everyday clothing into magical costumes with simple tools such as scissors, glue guns, and paint. In addition, there are chapters on how to make hats, gloves, armor, and animal heads, as well as other props and accessories from rummage-sale finds and a little imagination. All are accompanied by numbered directions, line drawings, and black-and-white photos, although novice costumers may find some of the directions too brief or obtuse. Still, this is a useful volume for schools and community theaters with little or no budgets for costumes and props. A listing of costume and accessories companies and a handy index subdivided by type of costume, prop, or accessory are appended.-Betty S. Evans, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield
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About the Author

For a time, Barb Rogers haunted thrift shops, rummage sales, and auctions in the hope of finding old clothes that could be converted into costumes and sold. Not a seamstress, unable to use a pattern, and without a sewing machine, she developed her own unique way of designing costumes.



Broadway Bazaar Costumes was born in one upstairs room, on the main street of Mattoon, Illinois, with 130 costumes, and Barb's burning desire to succeed. Within five years, it had grown to fifteen rooms of fun, fabulous, flamboyant costumes. A member of the National Costumers Association, Barb attended national conventions, competed with costumers from all over the U.S., and won many awards. But after ten years in business, she was brought down by a serious illness.



Always the survivor and eternal optimist, but unable to continue running the shop, she leased it out and found her second love: writing. Barb, her husband Junior, and their two dogs, Sammi and Georgie, relocated to a small mountain community in Arizona, where she could heal and write. Since that time, in addition to working on her costuming books, Barb has written many novels and hopes to become a published novelist but will always hold on to costuming as her first love.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Meriwether Pub (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566081033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566081030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Usually Meriwether's fine guides are aimed to kids and young adult - but Costumes, Accessories, Props And Stage Illusions Made Easy is too important to limit to teens alone: it offers any aspiring stage crew the tools needed to create quality stages and dramatic acts. Chapters cover all aspects of making costumes and scenes, and will prove a perfect reference for beginning productions at any age level.
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This is an innovative look at making costumes. Very clear instructions. Very doable. I just wish it had color pictures. Still, it's a great book.
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Great beginners book on how to create affordable costumes, the other sections are very limited but still go introduction. Of course color images would be ideal, though that may increase the cost of the book.
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I own all of Barb Roger's book. If you are a costume person this takes you to a different level.
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just what I need for my clown ministry
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