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Costume Basics


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, April 21 / 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 / 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Collective Spaces Costume Space
2500 University Avenue W, Suite C-2
St. Paul, MN 55114
For location details and parking: https://cspaces.org/location/

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).

Tickets are $100. Spots are limited, so get yours now. Scholarships are available—email us to ask.

This price, approximately 30% of the usual price for this type of workshop, is made possible by the generous support of MRAC, and the Legacy Funding, and covers instruction, materials, venue and refreshments.