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The Well-Dressed Puppet: A Guide to Creating Puppet Costumes from Focal Press is a book that will show you how to create costumes and accessories tailored specifically for your puppet, enhancing any performance. Gone are the days of ill-fitting store-bought clothing that restrict the movement and use of your puppet. Author Cheralyn Lambeth walks you through every step of the costume-making process with detailed lists of the necessary materials, equipment, and patterns required to create a costume from scratch. She also shares multiple tips and information on how to modify off-the-rack clothing to fit any puppet. Suitable for both beginners and more advanced costumers, The Well-Dressed Puppet demonstrates basic sewing and construction techniques while still providing advanced projects for customers who have already mastered those skills.
Chapter 1: How to Get Started
But First…A Basic Glossary of Puppet Types and Puppet Theatre Terms
List of Supplies-Tools, Building Materials, and other Helpful Items
As You Think About Creating Your Puppet's Costume
Basic Sewing Techniques and Helpful Hints
Straight Running Stitch
Types of Fabrics You Might Want to Use
Chapter 2: Types of Costumes (Or, How to Costume For Your Type of Puppet)
Permanent Costume vs. Removable
Using Store-Bought Clothing
Things to Consider When Costuming…
…Hand/Rod Puppets (and Puppets With Practical Hands
…Hand Puppets With Legs
Chapter 3: Creating Costumes For Non-Human Puppets
Costume Odd-Shaped Puppets (And/or Those Without Arms and Legs)
Costuming Puppets With Multiple Limbs
Chapter 4: How To Create and Construct Basic Patterns
How To Use The Patterns In This Book (and How to Do the Photocopier Trick
Constructing The Patterns:
Shirt/Bodice with Sleeve
Chapter 5: Accessories
Hair Construction Techniques
Ties (And Other Neck Adornments)
Hats and Other Headwear
Chapter 6: Props
Broom (and Tiny Tim's Crutch)
Chapter 7: Some Costume Ideas To Help You Get Started
Fairy-Tale Prince (or Pirate)
Little Red Riding Hood
Chapter 8: The Patterns
Basic Shirt/Bodice Front
Basic Shirt/Bodice Back
Cape with Hood
Basic Hand Puppet Body
Table of Contents
Focal Press Book: The Well-Dressed Puppet: A Guide to Creating Puppet Costumes (Paperback) Review