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The Costumer's Manifesto; Costume Shop Quotes
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Name: Elvira
E-mail address: Sewingdiva14@verizon.net
Comments:If you can't see it from the 3rd row, it doesn't exist!

Without costumes and sets, it would be called a concert (refering to musicals)

We are dressing your character, not you, dear (when confronted with a cranky high schooler who doesn't like their costume. did I mention that the more they complain, the uglier the costume we give them (well within the boundries of the show of course)

No safety pins, no straight pins, NO PROBLEM - Mr. Stapler to the rescue!
Friday, May 6th 2011 - 07:29:18 AM
Name: Paula Clowers
E-mail address: pclowers@omahaplayhouse.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:If it's finished, it's Art.
Tuesday, January 4th 2011 - 11:53:13 AM
Name: Adrin Puente
E-mail address: costumeshop@americanstage.org
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:How does it look 20ft away and squinting...Beautiful!!
Why? Because I am the Designer that's why.
Thursday, March 18th 2010 - 12:02:25 PM
Name: Margaret
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:Said to dancers (with a wink):
"It's not how you feel, it's how you look--or that's what they told me in design school..."

Said to me by a dancer:
"Without you, we'd be naked!"

Really enjoy the site--would be good if you deleted the lame ads put in the dreambook though--detracts from all of the great submissions. :)
Sunday, January 10th 2010 - 10:40:57 PM
Name: Sylvia Rognstad
E-mail address: sylvia@ntw.net
Homepage URL: http://www.ezzyworld.com
Comments:We put this up on the door of our university costume shop while building a production of "Merrily We Roll Along" and left it there afterward, as it seemed befitting to much of our work:

Tuesday, November 10th 2009 - 08:43:07 AM
Name: Brent
E-mail address: brentdivo21@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"The smiling faces will make it worth it."
Thursday, December 6th 2007 - 10:50:57 AM
Name: Christine Morrison
E-mail address: ceemorr@sbcglobal.net
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:At a 4am sewing marathon, my friend appeared to be asllep and still sewing, when she exclaimed "This is like pirate sewing," which of course made absolutely no sense to either one of us. But now we have a great name for the it's needed by tomorrow, get it done, & it won't show from stage style of sewing.Pirate Sewing!
Monday, May 7th 2007 - 02:40:36 AM
Name: Stanlee Hodsden
E-mail address: NUSHUZ2000@msn.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:" When in doubt, add another row of sequins! " Stanlee Hodsden ( PCT )
Tuesday, March 20th 2007 - 08:54:35 AM
Name: YORDREEM Creations
E-mail address: yordreem@comstation.com
Homepage URL: http://www.comstation.com/yordreem
Comments:Um...Here, hold this!

This stupid piece of *&#^!

Shure, OK.....that might work. It's gotta work!

i KNOW i had tan thread in here!!!!
Friday, November 17th 2006 - 11:26:11 AM
Name: GLHS Shop
E-mail address: RaineWrite@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:The peasants are complaining about their costumes not matching and wearing so many layers for Beauty and the Beast.

I point at our Beast, clad in padding, prosthetics, a full shirt and brocade vest and a velvet (lined) tailcoat.

They shut up.
Tuesday, March 14th 2006 - 10:35:24 AM
Name: Teila
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:From the costume director for the tv show 24:

"They need me to find the perfect fit...and I throw one"

Those aren't the exact words (I don't remember what they exactly were) but you get the idea.
Wednesday, March 8th 2006 - 04:53:22 PM
Name: Gypsy
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:A friend costumer of mine: "I still need some burnout velvet...."

Me: "Take panné velvet and burn it."
Friday, February 24th 2006 - 02:54:33 PM
Name: T. Bishop
E-mail address: pmcostumer@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:I had a designer come to my shop and tell this storie of a friend who was performing in an amusement park and after the show she was greeting the audience and a little boy comes up to her and said " singin' and dancin' is stupid. I wanna be a whale trainer, cause whales is cool." -Dawn Marks. Tech week for musicals makes me wanna be a whale trainer too.
Friday, January 27th 2006 - 01:19:22 PM
Name: Jeni
E-mail address: RaineWrite@aol.com
Comments:The situation: A cast of 85 doing Fiddler on the Roof...

Your comfort is in mind
Monday, January 23rd 2006 - 06:48:08 PM
Name: Caitlin
E-mail address: malevolency@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:I love your site! I've just done my first show as costume director, for an amateur theatre company in the city where I live. The show was Bugsy Malone, complete with "splurge" which was meringue mix and pies. We had so much fun doing it, despite the fact that the costumes had to be sponged every night!
I have a couple of quotes from this show, some from me, some from the kids in the show:

"If they are looking at THAT, then it's fairly obvious they didnt come to see you acting, darl"

"But this dress is famous, it's written in the script that you're supposed to look horrible in it!" (about a dress that gets mocked by several characters)

"I love show business. It's pure madness, everywhere you turn there's something crazy happening....like those guys over there, wrestling on the floor, and those people (there was 5 or 6 of them) wearing matching pyjamas"

"You realise you're crazy, don't you?" (on hearing that we had to clean the costumes after every "splurging")

"I haven't stabbed a kid with my scissors yet" -after being asked how everything was going after the 3rd dress rehearsal

:) have a great day!
Wednesday, December 14th 2005 - 02:46:23 AM
Name: Monica L. Hart
E-mail address: hartdemoni@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:Quote from the University of Michiga-Flint Costume Shop with regards to a grave error in seam allowance by a student cutter/stitcher resulting in the need for a costume coverup...

"Well, whatever you can't fix you should just draw more attention to" --Monica to the student laughing hysterically because if she didn't she and the student would have cried!!

And so a large butt-bow bustle was born to fix the error. And it was good--very good!
Thursday, October 6th 2005 - 02:18:50 PM
Name: Floyd Nash
E-mail address: floyd.nash@browardschools.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:The following quote is one from Pepper Ross Hume, a wonderful costume designer that I worked with in the 1970's and I still use it:
" There are no cutter errors, only design decisions!"

And in my own shop I am known for the statement:

"We don't have time for the academically correct method, so we'll do it the fast and sleazy way!"
Monday, August 1st 2005 - 06:37:33 PM
Name: Casey Hamilton
E-mail address: Casey_E_Hamilton@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:At the state funded community college I went to:
"Good enough for government work."
Friday, July 22nd 2005 - 10:30:53 AM
Name: webmaster
E-mail address: webmaster@discount-travel-search.com
Homepage URL: http://www.discount-travel-search.com
Comments:There are two important things in life: learning when to hold on and let go…holding on when the road gets bumpy and letting go when the road ends.
Monday, July 4th 2005 - 02:06:01 AM
Name: Rheena Castillo
E-mail address: cute_royale@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://rheenac.blogspot.com/
Comments:"No one can give you authority. But if you act like you have it, others will believe you do."
Monday, July 4th 2005 - 02:01:17 AM
Name: David Juby
E-mail address: djuby@sympatico.ca
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:Why don't you act like it fits!
Tuesday, September 7th 2004 - 10:02:55 AM
Name: HOT's costume ladies
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:If they can't see it on a horse galloping 90mph through a snowstorm, it'll be alright... maybe...
Friday, July 9th 2004 - 12:05:58 AM
Name: Michelle S Davidson
E-mail address: adastra33@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://www.usd.edu/~msdavids/
Comments:"As ye sew, so shall ye rip."
--sign over the door of the University of North Dakota costume shop, run by Kathy Jacobs
Saturday, January 31st 2004 - 10:57:22 AM
Name: Kristal
E-mail address: Scarlett Charvet@aol.com
Comments:Greetings from northern Michigan!
Having worked in a costume shop for two years now I too have experienced some quotes:

"Done is best."
"Sewing is a sickness, you guys know that right?"
"Where do bobbins come from?"
I absolutely adore this website, I'd be so lost without it!
Best wishes and love,
Sunday, November 30th 2003 - 09:05:11 AM
Name: Janet Melody
E-mail address: vintageduchess@aol.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:I don't know who said it originally, but one day during intense fittings for movie extras a hush fell over the room and this was heard...Honey, you don't understand. We're not asking you to buy it, we're paying you to wear it.
Saturday, November 1st 2003 - 02:19:57 PM
Name: Liberty
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"It's good for who it's for." Andrea D.
Sunday, June 1st 2003 - 02:55:22 PM
Name: Kirk Taskila
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:My quote I use when working on my costumes and then sticking myself with a needle....

"A project isn't a project until you bleed on it."
Wednesday, May 21st 2003 - 09:52:36 AM
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E-mail address: fretg@narod.ru
Homepage URL: http://www.biysk.ru/~alena/casino/
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Sunday, May 18th 2003 - 12:15:22 PM
Name: Kate Reilly
E-mail address: midgame18@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:If all the world's a stage, then God must be a techie !(costumer falls under the techie lable where I'm from)
Tuesday, April 22nd 2003 - 08:01:51 PM
Name: Sharon
E-mail address: smalone@telus.net
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:My favorite quote came from a costume workshop I attended. Whenever I do costumes (frequently) for our community theatre group, I say it at least 2 or 3 times: "30 feet away and moving"
Saturday, March 22nd 2003 - 06:44:04 AM
Name: LeAnn
E-mail address: webmaster@planetofdraconis.zzn.com
Homepage URL: http://www.geocities.com/amazon_warrior_98/home.html
Comments:Name: Joan Vick
E-mail address: palmervick@mediaone.net
Homepage URL: http://
Comments: The quote "we're all here because we're not all there" was given to me by Miss Peach, who lived, with her cats, on the third floor of the Barter Inn, at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon VA.
Tuesday, November 20th 2001 - 07:05:38 PM

I recognize that quote. That's from "The Curious Savage." We did that play in high school, and was on the shirts we got for all the cast and crew.

Eh. Oh well. "Normal is overrated."
Sunday, January 26th 2003 - 06:32:45 PM
Name: LazyPony
E-mail address: lazypony@yahoo8.com
Homepage URL: http://www.maintour.com/virginia/hotsheet.htm
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Wednesday, January 22nd 2003 - 11:35:03 AM
Name: arden paredes
E-mail address: ardenp@mindspring.com
Homepage URL: http://
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Sunday, January 19th 2003 - 06:13:26 PM
Name: Big B
Homepage URL: http://www.maintour.com/socal/mvgpp102.htm
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Sunday, December 8th 2002 - 07:55:33 AM
Name: Judith
E-mail address: judith.meehan@verizon.net
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"Quick - does anyone have a safety pin?? No? How about a straight pin??? Ummm - a bobby pin???"
Sunday, December 8th 2002 - 07:24:59 AM
Name: Toni Elliott
E-mail address: jvance@tiac.net
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"It's a design moment."
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E-mail address: Basil_M_noSpam_@212.com
Homepage URL: http://cheap-iternational-phone-cards.com
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Thursday, November 7th 2002 - 09:29:42 AM
Name: L. DeLong Goodwin
E-mail address: delong_goodwin@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"if it aint done twice ... then it ain't done right"
Monday, October 28th 2002 - 07:37:55 PM
Name: L. DeLong Goodwin
E-mail address: delong_goodwin@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:"if it aint done twice ... then it ain't done right"
Monday, October 28th 2002 - 07:37:48 PM
Name: L. DeLong Goodwin
E-mail address: delong_goodwin@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:quote from one of my favorite designers at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Bill Black, also professor at UT Knoxville, "Context is everything!"

Another from the same shop but a forgotten draper, "Stitching lines are meerly suggestions anyway..."

Monday, October 28th 2002 - 07:36:12 PM
Name: sheila tabaka
E-mail address: stabaka@southwest.msus.edu
Homepage URL:
Comments:If your hands were moving as fast as your mouth you'd be done by now. Courtesy of Vee Corp. Costumes and Creatures Fur Salon
Saturday, August 17th 2002 - 03:11:13 PM
Name: Dona Taylor
E-mail address: dtaylor4uall@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://great_free_stuff.tripod.com/free.html
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Saturday, August 10th 2002 - 11:39:43 PM
Name: Elaine Kessinger
E-mail address: elainekessinger@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments: "Ten feet away on a gallopping horse, perfect stiching doesn't matter."-Elaine supervising costume build of an Outdoor Drama

"There comes a point in every build where DONE is good enough."- Annon.

Tuesday, April 23rd 2002 - 03:17:31 PM
Name: Amanda K. Bailey
E-mail address: akbailey@indiana.edu
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:Some quotes from our shop:
"Pins Sharp, Iron Hot"
-reminder used when shop workers get poked or burnt.
"...It's a choice!"
-comment used when one doesn't agree with designer decision, but wants to be (humorously)subtle about it.
Indiana University Bloomington costume shop.
Tuesday, March 12th 2002 - 09:04:20 AM
Name: Ruth Myers
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:Love the site. Thanks

Thursday, March 7th 2002 - 05:08:58 AM
Name: Jenny Ramos
E-mail address: jennyramos@iprimus.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:For the past 12 years I have worked as a freelance costume designer/costumier in theatre and film in Adelaide, South Australia. I am a lecturer at Douglas Mawson College in History of Costume and Theatre Costume Design and Theatre Costume Patternmaking and Construction. I find your site informative and invaluable..always referring it to my students, thank you Tara.

My favourite quote which I use often especially near production week in theatre is:
Saturday, February 23rd 2002 - 11:21:23 PM
Name: jenny ramos
E-mail address: jennyramos@iprimus.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:For the past 12 years I have worked as a freelance costume designer/costumier in theatre and film in Adelaide South Australia. I am a lecturer at College in History of Costume and Theatre Costume Design and Theatre Costume Patternmaking and construction. I find your site informative and invaluable..always referring it to my students, thank you Tara.

My favourite quote which I use often especially near production week in theatre is:
Saturday, February 23rd 2002 - 11:15:32 PM
Name: Ryan Moller
E-mail address: ryanmoller@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:quotes from Rockford College, Rockford Illinois:

"Sometimes I dont know what I am talking about - i just open my mouth and stuff comes out." Jeff Hendry

"Dont mind him, he just likes to see him get all flared up like a big ol hemeroid." Pennelyn Peterson

"just because you look like a scank does not meen that I do." Tiera Myers
Tuesday, February 19th 2002 - 04:36:27 AM
Name: 'It's hot' is not a costume problem. 'It's ugly' is not a costume problem.
E-mail address: elschlussel@vassar.edu
Homepage URL: http://
Comments:from Holly Hummel's Costume Shop at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie
Friday, February 8th 2002 - 12:23:55 PM
Name: Ruth Myers
Homepage URL: http://
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