A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker

By Lara Flecker

The powerful training of clothes for demonstrate is vital for exhibitions of latest and old gown. Costumes not just have to be visually beautiful but in addition absolutely supported and traditionally actual. This ebook presents a entire consultant to mounting costumes from the eighteenth century to the current day. It comprises equipment for adapting and shaping figures to create old silhouettes, developing underpinnings and making replicas and toiles utilizing low-cost and easy thoughts. a realistic advisor to gown Mounting is a useful source for conservators, historians and all these operating with garments in museums, deepest collections and in the course of the type and theatre industries.Trained as a ancient gown maker, writer Lara Flecker is the cloth reveal professional at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She has labored greatly with the museum's world-class dress assortment, getting ready clothing for show. Her easy mounting tools are basically defined and will be utilized by individuals with a variety of adventure, together with people with few stitching talents. * the one ebook detailing tips to mount costumes * deals accomplished and functional recommendation utilizing transparent color photographs * the writer has enormous adventure in mounting costumes of all classes of background from a great nationwide museum assortment.

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Measure the seams of each panel and all other top and bottom edges. 4. Lay the tissue paper over the panels matching up the grain lines. Join the pattern pieces with pins, following the line of the seams. Using a soft pencil, trace the seams and edges onto the tissue paper and remove from the costume. It is often easier to limit the tissue to the level of the underarm or crotch point and draft the sleeve head/trouser top from measurements only. Continued 35 36 A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COSTUME MOUNTING Measuring Tracing 5.

For obvious reasons the fabric must be as close fitting as possible. Use something stretchy, such as a tight fitting T-shirt, pairs of tights or a previously made jersey cover (see p. 57). Although the fitting of the torso is the most important part of the process, limbs and heads can also be specially sculpted. One of the advantages of this is that more animated poses can be incorporated into the figures, that are relevant to the design of the exhibition and suitable for the costume. Unfortunately, any additions of this kind are likely to be expensive and costs can escalate rapidly.

As the gown was so fragile, an accurate toile was made to assist with conservation, figure padding and the construction of a replica stomacher. T A K I N G PA T T E R N S A N D M A K I N G T O I L E S Making an accurate toile of sleeves and trousers Although patterns can be taken from sleeves and trousers in the same way as the bodice, the narrow, cylindrical shapes of these appendages means that they must be treated slightly differently. For example, all tissue paper tracings should be taken from the outside of the garment and the individual panels that make up one sleeve or trouser leg should be worked on simultaneously.

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