Costume Mistress, Masumi Iriye
It takes skilled sewers, crafty glue-gunners, and reliable steamers and ironers to get our dancers costumed to CU Ballet's standards. Here are some of the many tasks regularly performed by our amazing Costume Volunteer Corps:
- Measuring dancers accurately and efficiently.
- Assisting at costume fittings. Note takers, labelers and seam rippers are a huge help to the more seasoned costumer who will be pinning and marking.
- Hand sewing: from the basic (sewing name labels, snaps, and hooks & bars, mending tears, fixing trim and beadwork) to the more complicated (cross-stitching bodice facings, sewing bodices to tutus).
- Dyeing and painting.
- Ironing and steaming.
- Repairing headpieces and miscellaneous trim using a glue gun.
- Machine sewing: basic (straight seams and minor alterations); more advanced (new costumes, dealing with multiple layers of tulle or super tough spandex); and serging (the ultimate power tool!).
- Organizing our supply bins and drawers.
- Doing some advance work on our spring show. Yes—there is CU Ballet life after The Nutcracker.