Hi, everyone! I’m Brooke. *wave* You might recognize me because I’m usually hanging out in the comments here on Cations Designs. First, I’d like to thank Cindy for giving me the honor of posting to her blog! She’s the first (and possibly the last) brave blogger to trust me with her readers. (I’ll try not to run off any of your followers, Cindy!)
Let me explain my back-story – no, there is too much. Let me sum up.
I live in the Dallas, TX area and I’m a professional costumer in the film and television industry but began my career in a theatre costume shop. My little corner of the blogosphere is called Custom Style – which started out as a free version of my previously unsuccessful website for my home business and has slowly morphed into something a little more fun as I’ve learned what people enjoy reading.
I love Cindy’s blog because I’m a sci-fi/fantasy geek who loves retro style and sewing. I’ve worked for Barney & Friends (aka “The Purple Dinosaur”), so since this is Cation Designs, I suppose you could call me “The Purple Sewasaurus Rex," hehe.
Anyway, enough about me – let’s talk about sewing and stuff! =)
In keeping with the theme of “travel” while Cindy is off enjoying a good cup of tea (so jealous – I love London!), she has suggested I explain how I pack what I need when I get a call to be a traveling seamstress.
What I take varies from job to job, but I often need to travel with my own kit of supplies, whether I’m sewing or simply working as an on-set costumer. When I get a call to work as wardrobe crew during a shoot, I always take my work apron, which I made to hold the bare essentials I always need to keep actors’ clothing looking camera ready.
|My custom-sewn on-set apron. It’s been used and abused for years – I think it’s time to make a new one.|
It holds a small water bottle, scissors, double-sided tape, tiny sewing kit, lint roller, various sponges, Sharpies, pencils, pens, Wet-ones, some other things, and the daily shoot schedule paperwork. If I need to carry a walkie-talkie, I clip it to the apron’s belt and use my personal ear-piece with mic. And I carry my work camera in the pouch on the belt (costumers take lots of continuity shots on set).
|Apron contents: The standard size Altoids tin is my small sewing kit, and the smaller Altoids gum tin is the perfect size for my double-sided tape. There’s even a “secret” pocket for my chapstick & emergency hairband.|
|I also wear a lanyard around my neck, which holds a wad of safety-pins, folding scissors, and an itty-bitty flashlight.|
When I’m working in an actual costume shop, I might only need to bring some good scissors.
Sometimes, I might only need to bring myself. And other times, I might need a basic sewing kit
with pins, needles, scissors, ruler, chalk, etc.
|My basic sewing kit. It’s a plastic tool box I bought years ago in the hardware section of Walmart.|
|My favorite is the “Tube Map” fabric – I’m currently trying to decide on a dress or skirt style to make with it. For some crazy reason it was labeled as “Road Map” but I know the London Underground when I see it!|