Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tagging Costumes

A long-time family friend donated her costumes to The King's Courts this week. It was a blessing to get the collection of tunics, scarves, sashes, and dance dresses that she no longer used.

Fountain of Grace has generously let me keep my costumes in a closet at the church building. However, some of the things in the closet are theirs. I needed a cheap and quick way to tag costumes, so that I could tell at a glance what belonged to who.

Fusible interfacing came to the rescue! Last summer, three girls helped me cut small squares of interfacing, iron them to the inside of costumes, and label them (using pen) with "The King's Courts" and their number. Tunics are labeled as anything from "Pink #1" to "Striped #15" and head coverings are labeled similarly. A chart was then put together that lists the name, a short description, and, for tunics, the waist and length measurement. This helps keep my 64+ tunics organized so that I can easily find what I need!

I labeled the new costumes yesterday, and it was nice how easy it was to add them to my growing collection. My costume chart let me easily find what number they needed to be labeled, and using the computer, I could quickly insert a new row to the chart to add the new tunics in the right spot.

The fusible interfacing has lasted well so far (even through the wash), and it's definitely a cheaper alternative to buying and sewing in pre-made tags!

1 comment:

  1. That is a great idea! I'll have to tell my mom to do that for our theater class this year. We had just been using paper and safety pins, but on performace, those had to all come off, so the organization system was lost. Thanks for the idea. :)