A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker

By Lara Flecker

The potent education of clothes for exhibit is key for exhibitions of up to date and historic costume. Costumes not just must be visually beautiful but in addition totally supported and traditionally exact. This e-book offers a accomplished consultant to mounting costumes from the eighteenth century to the current day. It comprises tools for adapting and shaping figures to create old silhouettes, developing underpinnings and making replicas and toiles utilizing low-cost and easy ideas. a pragmatic consultant to dress Mounting is a useful source for conservators, historians and all these operating with garments in museums, inner most collections and through the model and theatre industries.Trained as a historic gown maker, writer Lara Flecker is the cloth exhibit professional at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She has labored generally with the museum's world-class gown assortment, getting ready clothing for demonstrate. Her uncomplicated mounting tools are in actual fact defined and will be utilized by individuals with quite a lot of adventure, together with people with few stitching talents. * the single booklet detailing find out how to mount costumes * deals finished and functional recommendation utilizing transparent color photos * the writer has massive event in mounting costumes of all classes of background from an exceptional nationwide museum assortment.

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At an additional cost, some manufacturers are also prepared to cover figures in a top fabric of your choice. Best of all, these figures are easy to adapt. This makes them particularly suitable for use with historical costume. The fabric cover provides a ready-made foundation on to which padding can be stitched, while the papier maˆché body creates a tough shell that can be cut down using a hand or jigsaw. The versatility of these figures also makes them particularly suitable for reuse in other mounting projects.

When dealing with skirts or trousers that are separate from the bodice, it is important to take waist measurements for both. Skirts/trousers usually have a waistband that makes this measurement easy to take. Reference position Continued 21 22 A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COSTUME MOUNTING Measurements Location on a figure Location on a costume Reference position 2. Around bust or chest This measurement is taken over the fullest part of the bust or chest, under the arms and across the back, keeping the tape measure as level as possible.

This will be much easier to manipulate. To ensure the thread has no give, steam and press with an iron before using. Put a knot in one end and measure from this point. Mark the end of the measurement with a pin inserted through the yarn. Remove the thread from the costume and measure off against a ruler. Tracing tips (a) Ordinary tissue paper can be used to trace panels, but if possible use a soft spider tissue as it is more transparent and moulds better to the fabric. 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 (b) Tissue tracings can be taken either from the inside or outside of the garment.

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