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Instant Period Costumes: How to Make Classic Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing Paperback – June 1, 2001
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
A word of warning: the author frequently dyes the second-hand clothing she uses, but you could probably skip that step in many of the examples (I don't know about you, but I don't know anyone who would let me use their washing machine to dye a wedding dress blue...!). It's the tips on combining parts of different garments that most people will find helpful.
My main problem with this book is the title; if you just omit the word "period" then you've got a good idea of what this book IS good for. It would be useful for school musicals, masquerade parties, parades, Halloween, etc. but don't expect to costume a decent production of Shakespeare with the aid of this book. Kiss Me, Kate -- yes; Taming of the Shrew -- no.
You can find much better ideas on the internet.
Glad I purchased it used and didn't spend too much money on this. Usually, I donate books to our library when I am done with them. This one went straight to the shredder and recycling center.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is masterful! I have made so many costumes for the theater using ideas, tips and techniques from this book! Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by seabeewife
This is a great book if you want to make fun costumes for Halloween or a school play, but not so great if you want to do something historically accurate. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Allegra DiNetta
A great addition to your drama department. It helps with making costumes easily and cheaply. Just what a school needs.Published on January 29, 2013 by Tweety
Very good resource for fast, cheap costumes. I've been using this method for many years and was pleased to find a few new ideas. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The line drawings are a little confusing to me - it is not always clear what part of an article of clothing is attached (not sewn, usually glued) to what part. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Kathy in Sagamihara