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Design Challenge - designing and making a costume
« on: March 13, 2016, 07:40:01 PM »
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Re: Design Challenge - designing and making a costume
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2016, 12:27:29 AM »
One thing I would point out is that we use a variety of techniques. Couture, traditional tailoring, home sewing and production, in other words we have to adapt all the time to the design requirements, the budget, the timeline and the materials we are given to work with.
Most of the stitchers and tailors must be able to do it all - although most womens wear people don't sew trad tailoring. I try to make sure that the people on my team have the satisfaction of learning new things as well as have continuity keeping various skills sharpened, and have the fulfillment of finishing a complete garment. I don't often split up task like one person only makes the jacket back or only one person puts in the sleeves, which I have heard of others doing.
Here is my blog post on the costume cutters job description.

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Re: Design Challenge - designing and making a costume
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2016, 02:49:06 AM »
It seems to me like a really good way of attaining a rounded development. The blending of tailoring, couture and what would be thought of as mass production ideas, probably makes people a lot more versatile than they might be if they were on a single-track route to skill development. I like the open-mindedness of pulling in ideas from all sources.

I don't know about what effect it has on depth, like e.g. some 75 year-old waistcoat maker on Savile Row who knows his way around his craft in his sleep, but then he only makes waistcoats and usually according to one perfected methodology.
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