“I know some new tricks”, said the cat in the hat, “A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. Your mother will not mind at all if I do.”

The cat in the Hat, Dr. Suess

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Tricks they are what we build our trade on.

Skill is where we start. I will never say that skill is ever replaceable. The more we know about what we do, the better we are.

For me knowing how to build clothing helps me know better how to take it apart, break it into components, and do what needs to be done on the day to get the shot no matter what is required!

But it is the tricks, the little things that we stumble over, learn the hard way, and then Share!!

Yes, I have used that word again!

Share, share, share… That makes our jobs so much better!

So I am sharing just one such little trick that we stumbled across last year while solving a problem. Continue reading

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Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.

~ Frida Giannini

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Hanging with new friends at the Fortuny Museum!

What do you think of when you think of Venice; canals, gondolas, Carnival, masks, opera, glass, lace, rubber boots, velvet?

Venice is more than any one thing.  For costumers and clothiers it is an amazing city that has an astounding history with many wondrous things to see, arts to touch and passionate people that want to share. Continue reading

B IS FOR…

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One of the things that I go over with my blood class students is the ins and outs of working with bullet hits or “squibs”. We as costumers do not build the bullet hits, but we do have to work very closely around them when they are in the costumes. Bullet hits contain small explosives… understanding our responsibilities when working with them and the structure of squibs takes some of the worry out of having to deal with them. Continue reading