The Costume Technician’s Handbook 3/e Rosemary Ingham & Elizabeth Covey. The standard textbook on costume construction and costume shop management. Excellent information on drafting, cutting, shop equipment, and forms. This is the improved and expanded text of the old, beloved, The Costumer’s Handbook. Illustrated in B&W and Color.
Period Costume for Stage & Screen : Patterns for Women’s Dress, Medieval-1500 Jean Hunnisett, Kathryn Turner (Illustrator) Worth every penny of it’s hefty price tag, this book is high on scholarship, illustrations, easy to understand text and diagrams, and is one of the best, most detailed how-to manuals for costumers ever written. I had been working as a costumer for almost 20 years when I first saw this book and still, I’d say lots of it’s techniques were a revelation. It shows in essence, how to reproduce costumes in this period in such a way as to make them indistinguishable from originals.
The Costume Designer’s Handbook : A Complete Guide for Amateur and Professional Costume Designers Rosemary Ingham & Elizabeth Covey. The standard textbook on costume design. Illustrated in B&W and Color.
Costuming Made Easy : How to Make Theatrical Costumes from Cast-Off Clothing, Rogers. Every possible tip one can use to quickly and cheaply turn thrift store clothes into the costumes needed to produce high school and community theatre musicals and plays. No high school drama teacher should be without this book for showing students how to make gorgeous costumes out of little more than air and a few hours time.
Broadway Costumes on a Budget : Big-Time Ideas for Amateur Producers This book and the one below, are full of tips for quickie costuming using bits from thrift stores to cheaply make costumes suitable for school plays, parties, and low-budget community theatre productions. They don’t tell you how to make historically correct frocks for period reenactment, but they do tell you how you can make quite decent looking costumes for stage with no money, no time and no help.