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Date: 9/11/11 1:51 PM

Wardrobe Masters for theatrical shows sew one of THESE up for each costume in the play. They’re called “Goody Bags” and, in fact, THE FIRST THING apprentice costumers learn to make is a work apron for themselves and these goody bags, essential for keeping each costume together.

“GOODY BAGS: should be labeled on masking tape with the actor's and character's names and placed on the show rack. Shoes and other accessory items are placed in the goody bags. Accessory bags -- small drawstring bags containing jewelry or small costume props -- should be hung with the Goody Bag.”

So, for each costume outfit, they put all the accessories in the Goody Bag pockets: jewelry, hosiery, hang necklaces on the hook, pin on brooches, etc. Then, then hang the outfit itself on the hanger. Now everything is together in one place.

I love these for putting a whole outfit together the night before and you can customize them to suit your needs. I make them longer with lots of pockets and I install a zipper down one side so I can put the shoes in the inside.

I have one in my front closet to hold things I might need to grab on my way out: umbrella, scarf, gloves, tissues, transit card, keys, etc.

Near my sewing machine, I hang one to organize whatever project I'm currently making: holds pattern envelope, buttons, zipper, small pattern pieces, etc.

They're great for travelling. You will think of a million ways to use these and they make GREAT GIFTS -- add a little tag with some of the use suggestions on it.

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Subject: Theater Costume Goody Bags Date: 9/12/11 8:45 AM

Those are very cool. Thank you for the link and the extra ideas for using them.

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Subject: Theater Costume Goody Bags Date: 9/12/11 1:04 PM

I have made something similar. I trace the hanger and cut four. The first two are the "outside" and the second two are the "inside" I put a large pocket with zipper on the inside and a large pocket with a zipper on the outside and sew together with a piece of velcro at the mottom. The ouside picket is for accessories and no one expects a second pocket for "valuables" on the inside. I did this for my brother and sister in laws for their travels. I did one "manly" version and one feminine version. The Manly version had an outside loop for his tie and his zipper pocket held sox.

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Date: 9/12/11 1:19 PM

jadamo00, Thanks for the good idea on the "Goody Bags". My sister makes jewelry and has very little storage space. I'm planning to make something similar out of anti-tarnish silvercloth with a vertical zipper so she can hang and sort her necklaces. I'll make up some more as you suggested for gifts and for my sewing room.

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Date: 9/12/11 1:27 PM

I didn't know these had a name. I've done them for skating costumes with a specific pocket to hold the music CD.

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Date: 9/12/11 1:59 PM

That's neat. We're always tweaking costume management for the local kids' theater our family is involved with.

You don't happen to know of a pattern for the work apron, do you? I've plotted out ideas for something like a fishing vest, but would love to know what trained costumers do.
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"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 9/12/11 7:16 PM

Oh, this is dynamite. How do you "get to" the inner bag...through the zipper on the outer bag?

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Subject: Theater Costumers Apron Date: 9/12/11 7:24 PM

I'm not sure, so I tried a SEARCH. It looks like theatrical wardrobers use a Tailors Apron, described as follows:

"This simple full canvas apron contains several pockets, into which one could place small tools and implements of the tailor’s trade. A pincushion is sewn to the upper left corner of the bib, where one could store pins within reach when worn, but out of the way. Thin strips of fabric or canvas attach to both sides of the apron, intended to tie around the waist when worn.

I found THIS photo.

Wish we had a real pattern for a Theatrical Costumers Apron!

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Date: 9/12/11 10:26 PM

Well, now that I know some of the keywords (wardrobers; apron) I will keep my eyes open, or ears to the ground, or some such thing. An apron that includes a glue gun "holster" would be excellent.

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A pincushion is sewn to the upper left corner of the bib


Hah, that's just where I wear a bunch of safety pins when it's dress rehearsal or show time.

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Subject: Theater Costume Goody Bags Date: 9/12/11 11:16 PM

How did I get the inside inside? put the wrong side of the inside to the wrong side of the outside and did a vcouple of stitches at the hanger hood to keep them together. Then I sewed, by hand, a large stitch around the inhside of the hanger to keep the two together and so one wouldn't sag if overloaded.

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