How to Easily Make Costumes for the Theatre

Wearing an attractive theatre costume is very important to keep the interest of the audience to watch your play and help you live up to your character or distinguish yourself from other character’s personality. Theatre costume making can also tap your creativity. Some designers tend to use recyclable materials to create the perfect costume for the character’s personality. The designer and maker should cooperate in making the costume. Here are the following vital points to consider. It can help you make your theatre costumes easier.

Creating the costume design

First, you need to consider the costume design. As a designer, you should consider the manner of the play, the materials that are going to be used, and most especially—the budget of the play. It’s not a crime to transform an old vintage costume into a new one if it can help you save money. There are also some shops where you can rent costumes from the medieval period to high-street styles nowadays if you have decided to hire instead of creating your own.

Interpreting the design

The designer’s imagination will be seen on the flat designed he submitted. Now, the maker needs to translate and interpret it right from the designer’s perspective. Hence, asking questions and opening up a discussion is a must. Based on the design only, the maker wouldn’t know if the theatrical costume requires using a heat press to make shirts or using recyclable materials for the details. To avoid introducing problems, in the long run, the maker and designer should have a mutual understanding about the design of the costume first. It will make the process easier, and they can also prevent mistakes in the process.

Considering the materials

Once the maker and the designer have already discussed what they want to do with the theatrical costume, it’s the time to consider the materials that are going to be used. If a budget had already been assigned for props and costume making, the designer and maker should make sure that their design is not over-detailed or too expensive to achieve.

There are also some alternatives that they can use to follow the designs. Cheaper fabrics are usually a lot thinner than expensive ones. Some buttons can be found in every house and details such as laces, ribbons, and gems can be reused from an old costume. It just depends on the resourcefulness of the group.


Next is the fitting. Now that you are going to transform the design into a 3-D form, you might want to make sure the comfort of the actor who is going to wear the costume. Hence, you should get the exact measurement of the actor’s body. Consider the proportion, silhouette, fit, and hang. You may need to reconstruct your design according to the actor’s body shape. After the costume in worn-in rehearsal, if the actor suggests something to make the costume more comfortable to wear, then there would be a few adjustments to make before he can have the final costume.

Remember that a costume that is too tight or too loose for an actor can affect their performance. You might want to make sure that the actor will not worry about the costume getting ripped each time they raised their hands exaggeratedly or dance for a performance.

Follow the steps for an easier costume making of a theatrical performance. Costume making should be done ahead of time because there would be a lot of reconstructions and adjustments along the way. Seeing the actors performing well on stage with a costume that suits his character the most couldn’t be more satisfying.