Summary

I have worked in the theatrical costuming world for almost twenty years now, doing everything from laundry and dressing, to design and patternmaking.  I have extensive experience in working on a budget and making garments do things that no one expected them to do.  I am, therefore, quite good at thinking around corners and through monetary concerns.  

I have decent computer skills, and tend to teach myself quickly.  Among the computer software I have learned to use myself is Photoshop (up to CS5).  I've also taught myself enough to maintain two websites (one a forum-based community, the other an online compendium of my work).  I can author html and am learning php scripts.

Work History

Work History

Freelance Costume Designer/Patternmaker/Stitcher

Electrakitty Designs

Design, create patterns, and build garments for various clients, including convention-goers, brides, drag performers, pageant contestants, actors, etc.

Jun 2011 - Sep 2012

Second shift Sewing Floor Supervisor

Motionwear LLC
Jul 2004 - May 2011

Costume Shop Manager & Cutter/Draper

Butler University

Interpret costume designs, generate patterns, manipulate/decorate fabric, sew, and supervise 25 student employees in order to implement designer's visions.  Over the course of seven years in this position, I created costumes from start to finish for over thirty full-scale productions.

Sep 2002 - May 2004

Wardrobe Supervisor

Actors Theatre of Louisville

Facilitate and perform quick changes on actors during theatrical productions.  Manage a team of 5-7 dressers.  Maintain costumes/clothing for a 6-8 week run.

Education

Education
Sep 1997 - May 2000

Masters of Fine Arts

Indiana University Bloomington

Portfolio

Skills

Skills

Sewing

Adept in hand sewing, straight stitch sewing, serging, etc.  My skills are mainly for couture sewing, though I'm learning production-line sewing.  Skills include: standard seams, French, flat-felled, zippers, closures, darts, bound buttonholes, welt pockets, custom facings, lingerie hemming.  I have also sewn corsets, leather, denim, Lycra, silk chiffon, and many other challenging fabrics.

Hand Pattern Drafting

Mainly flat pattern drafting, but I also have skills in draping, fitting, and alteration of existing patterns.  I've used sloper pattern drafting methods, as well as point to point, vintage reproduction, and lifting patterns from existing garments.  

Photoshop

Basic blending, coloration, retouching of photos, text placement, and effects.