A Practical Guide to Costume Mounting by Lara Flecker

By Lara Flecker

The powerful practise of clothes for show is key for exhibitions of latest and old gown. Costumes not just have to be visually beautiful but in addition absolutely supported and traditionally exact. This publication presents a complete 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 reasonably cheap and easy innovations. a realistic consultant to gown Mounting is a useful source for conservators, historians and all these operating with garments in museums, inner most collections and during the style and theatre industries.Trained as a historic gown maker, writer Lara Flecker is the cloth reveal expert at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. She has labored broadly with the museum's world-class dress assortment, getting ready clothing for show. Her uncomplicated mounting tools are in actual fact defined and will be utilized by individuals with a variety of adventure, together with people with few stitching abilities. * the one booklet detailing the right way to mount costumes * deals complete and sensible recommendation utilizing transparent color photos * the writer has significant adventure in mounting costumes of all classes of historical past from a great nationwide museum assortment.

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To ensure the thread is straight, steam and press with an iron before using. Making an accurate toile pattern of a bodice As the bodice or body of a costume is generally constructed of more complex, shaped panels, making a toile pattern for this part of a garment tends to be the most time consuming. The techniques described in the following instructions can also be used to draft toile patterns for other parts of a costume. B. The measuring and tracing instructions described in the table below should be carried out simultaneously.

Lay the tissue over the panel matching the pencil line to the straight of grain. Do not pin the paper to the costume, but hold loosely in place by pinning to the neck of the figure. ) 3. Repeat the same process for the panels at the centre back. 4. Cut tissue for the side panels. Mark on the straight of grain and position each piece over the bodice, matching up the grain lines. To hold them in place, join them to the centre front and centre back panels with pins, roughly following the line of the seams.

Compare the size of the tissue pattern to the measurements taken from the costume. This will provide a rough idea of its accuracy. You will probably find there are some inconsistencies. 6. Employing the same grid technique used with bodices, compare and adjust the pattern until it is the right size and shape. If the tissue pattern does not include sleeve head or trouser top, extend the grid lines beyond the underarm or crutch level and draft the top of the pattern using measurements only. 11 Taking a tissue paper pattern of a trouser leg.

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