What does a Costume Maker do?

A Costume Maker creates the costumes based on the designs and drawings created by the Costume Designer and works under their direction. The Costume Maker will create patterns for the costumes, cutting and sewing them to actually construct the costume.

What are the main responsibilities of a Costume Maker?

  • Communicating with the Costume Designer and Costume Supervisor to ensure they understand the designs given to them. You can find out more about a Costume Designer here.
  • Sourcing fabric samples and other materials with the Costume Supervisor to make costumes
  • Drafting patterns, cutting and sewing

Find costume making opportunities here with The Stage Jobs. 

What qualifications do I need to work as a Costume Maker?

There are no specific qualifications required to become a Costume Maker. However, having a degree (or other qualifications) and experience in costume design or a related subject is highly desirable such as:

  • Art
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Performing Arts
  • Textiles

Find training opportunities in costume making here. 

What skills do I need to work as a Costume Maker?

There are desirable skills to have which would make you a great Costume Maker such as:

  • Knowledge in textile construction methods
  • Finishing skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Good time management skills, including the ability to turn work around quickly
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • A creative costume portfolio. Find out how to make a portfolio here.

What does a career as a Costume Maker look like?

Some people begin by working in wardrobe departments in theatres, progressing through to a Costume Assistant. Skills are developed on-the-job while gaining useful industry contacts which are vital for securing future work. Training is necessary to increase your skills-base and employability.

What hours will I be doing if I work in costume making?

Typical hours range from 40-45 hours per week and can include some evenings and weekend.

Find theatre vacancies with The Stage Jobs here


Photo: Alex Brenner

Published: 23 May 2019

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