Costume Crafts 2-Day Workshop


  • Collective Spaces Costume Space 2500 University Avenue W, Suite C-2 (Top Floor) St. Paul, MN 55114 USA

Making, altering and repairing costumes is a highly skilled discipline that is always in demand and with applications far beyond the performing arts.

In this practical workshop, celebrated local costumes professionals Rich Hamson and Kathy Kohl will call on their decades of knowledge and experience as designers, shop supervisors and craftspersons to teach core basic techniques, as well as tips and tricks that they’ve learned over the years.

In this workshop participants will step through one specific (and especially instructive) process for creating a costume. Participants will:

  • Learn how to conduct a fitting session

  • Make a sloper, the basic building block of all pattern-making

  • Learn core craft techniques for measuring, sewing and construction

  • Learn key hand stitching skills called for in many costume shops

  • Learn proper operation and maintenance for sewing machines

  • Learn how to think about costumes and crafting, avoiding common pitfalls

  • Create a corrected custom pattern fit to themselves to take home for future reference

This is a two day workshop. Participants are required to attend both days.

Friday August 19th 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Saturday August 20th 9am - 1pm

Collective Spaces Costume Space
2500 University Avenue W, Suite C-2 (Top Floor)
St Paul, MN 55114

All materials provided. In order to ensure sufficient and correct materials are available, participants will be asked to provide chest measurement at registration (shirt size or bra measurement will do).


Thanks to generous support from MRAC the cost for this workshop is only $80. Limited scholarships are available. Email info@techtoolstraining.org to inquire.