READ THOROUGHLY. The patterns have changed for 2016.

In Costume Construction, the skills that will be measured are: 

checkAn understanding of the role of costume construction

Sewing and construction skills

The ability to present and explain the process of constructing the costume

Attention to detail.

 1. Only one entrant may be involved in the construction. No collaborations are permitted.

2. The entrant must prepare and present:

  • A fully constructed costume that reflects the entrant’s capabilities and strengths, constructed entirely by the entrant, using one of the approved patterns.
  • A list of historical patterns that lend themselves to an interpretation of a character in size 8 or 10 can be found below:

o Steampunk: Simplicity 2172, Simplicity 2207, or Simplicity 1558

o Dresses/Skirts and Jackets: Simplicity 1517, McCall's 6770, Vogue 2782, Butterick 6108

o Waistcoat: Folkwear 222

o Men’s shirt: McCall's 2447

o Civil War: McCall's 4745 

o Women's Corset: Simplicity 2890, Butterick 5797, or  Butterick 6151

  • A presentation no longer than 8 minutes, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A. The overall session, including the Q&A, may not exceed 12 minutes.
  • An itemized expense sheet with accompanying receipts for all materials used to construct the costume, such as fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, and trim.
  •  Total may NOT exceed $100. The cost of the pattern in NOT included in the $100 cap.
  •  If millinery, the budget limit is $50, exclusive of the cost of From the Neck Up, a book on hat-making. 
  •  For a millinery option, the entrant may choose to create a hat using a pre-existing “hat blank” or use From the Neck Up to pattern and construct a hat.
  • The expense sheet must be mounted on the display board as proof that the entrant did not exceed their budget 
  • A costume production collage that focuses on the process of building the costume item (laying out the pattern, cutting the fabric, draping the fabric, etc.).
  • Process photos must depict the garment at various stages of construction—not the participant at a sewing machine. 
  • The collage must be presented on a 20″ x 30″ heavy stock display board.
  • The display board must be labeled in the lower right hand corner with the entrant’s name and troupe number and the pattern number.
  • Labels should be considered a part of the presentation; they must be neatly typed or carefully hand-lettered.
  • The garment should be presented on a hanger or, if an accessory, in a box. 
  • The entrant should NOT wear the costume to the IE session.
  • Entrants must wear all black.
  • Entrants must wear all black shoes.