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Sewing Techniques for Theatre

An Essential Guide for Beginners, 1st Edition

By Tracey Lyons


180 pages | 163 B/W Illus.

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Sewing Techniques for Theatre: An Essential Guide for Beginners distils the intimidating art of sewing down into simple, quick, and effective lessons to prepare readers for an entry level position in a costume shop. The lessons follow an hour-by-hour structure, offering detailed instructions to creating eleven sewing samples, a scrub shirt, and a tote bag. Imbedded in the projects’ directions are lecture materials on safety, irons, fabric, and patterns. With a wealth of hands-on exercises, review questions, photographs, and step-by-step instructions to compiling a diversified portfolio, this guide teaches aspiring costume designers about the culture and machinery of the costume shop, and equips them with the necessary skills to begin their career as members of a costume shop team.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Costume Shop, Shop Safety, Fabric, and Overlock Sewing Machine 2. Overlock Machine, Sewing Notions, and Hemming Stitches 3. Introduction to Sewing Machines, Sewing Various Seam 4. Reading a Pattern, Constructing the Shirt 5. Tote Bag, Portfolio

About the Author

Tracey Lyons is an Instructor and Costume Designer at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. Her professional scope includes design in classical and contemporary theatre, dance, opera, and musicals. She co-authored Teaching Introduction to Theatrical Design: A Process Based Syllabus in Costumes, Scenery, and Lighting (Routledge 2016). She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from Wayne State University and a B.A. from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft