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Great performances are supported by amazing costumes…

Day 21 of #standbyforpanto is - Dames. with @michellebristowcostume
I don't often get to make the Dames - not being a fan of the glue gun.
However, way back in 2001 (!) I got to make a Dame outfit for Harrogate Theatre. It had a lovely 'ladies who lunch' feel to it. To this day I can see her in Betty's
Designer: Kate Stanton

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Day 18 of #standbyforpanto is We're in Good Company. with @michellebristowcostume
For this I would like to Shout Out (day 11) to someone to whom I am often the Sidekick (day 8) - the amazing Emma Waugh. I have worked on more pantos with this lady than anyone else. I think this has been the 1st year in nearly 20 not working with her & I did miss it. 😢

@emmawaughcreative @emmawcreativecostumes
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Day 18 of #standbyforpanto is We're in Good Company.
For this I would like to Shout Out (day 11) to someone to whom I am often the Sidekick (day 8) - the amazing Emma Waugh. I have worked on more pantos with this lady than anyone else. I think this has been the 1st year in nearly 20 not working with her & I did miss it. 😢

#costumemaker #costumes #panto #theatre #uktheatre #freelancersmaketheatrework #weareviable
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Day 17 of #standbyforpanto is Headwear! with @michellebristowcostume
I usually leave the headwear to the amazing & talented people who know about millinery. However, I did make these. Not for a panto, as such, but for a Santa's grotto. My only bits of headwear. 😶

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Day 13 of #standbyforpanto - Behind the Scenes with @michellebristowcostume
Tricky one as I no longer work backstage & mostly work on my own. Also, I have posted some behind the scenes shots with my assistants & I am saving some other photos for later in the week. So, here is me, doing my job, stitching bits of fabric together to make costumes. If you look closely enough you'll see the carnage that comes from this making malarkey. It's not always a tidy job!

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Day 10 of #standbyforpanto is Animals.
with @michellebristowcostume
For this I'm looking at animals as helpers, supervisors, fabric weights, moral support on long evenings ...
Here you can see
1. Slinky Malinki checking the pattern for Carabosse's cloak
2. the late Sancho Panza making himself comfortable amongst the scraps/offcuts of a Fairy Godmother
3 & 4. Mungo Jerrie particularly loved snuggling down in the sparkly fabrics from last years' @mercurytheatrecolchester
Fairy Godmother
5. Audrey, the assistant of my assistant @johannapadasiancostumier

* I would like to point out that all costumes are checked for cat hairs before leaving my studio and if I know of any allergies from the artist the costume is for, they are not allowed to enter while I'm working on that costume.

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A truly memorable theatrical experience needs to be believable, so why trust anything other than my track record of creativity and reliability displayed across some of the finest stages in the country. My credits include: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company, Salisbury Playhouse, Pitlochery Festival Theatre, Cunard’s QM2 and many more.

Working as a freelance costumier from my North London workshop, I am happy to create individual costumes, take on time sensitive jobs or manage your entire wardrobe. I am flexible and reliable and can travel all around the London area for meetings and fittings.

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I have many years’ experience and expertise in both period and modern costume cut and construction.  The diverse range of skills and experience that I bring to any project include:

  • Initial design consultation (if required)
  • Cutting material
  • Making costumes
  • Altering and adapting
  • Fitting costumes, maintenance and dressing
  • Hand embroidery and appliqué
  • Tambour beading
  • Bobbin and needle lace making