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tmorris1 | Posted in Gather For A Chat on

Hello everyone

I have posted a couple of answers to questions already, and thought that I should probably let you all know who I am, and what I do…

I learned to sew from my great grandmother when I was 5 yrs old. I love using couture techniques (no zig zag or serger) and challenge myself to make every garment just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. I have a small, but very successful business making period costumes for film, and am starting to venture into some technical equipment (makeup totes, tripod bags, sandbags, etc) as well as doing wardrobe consultations for the wealthier women around town.

I love to share my knowledge with others (probably why I am here,) so please feel free to ask questions. I design and make all of my own clothing – the only RTW I own is my socks!!!! lol

I have posted a question regarding industrial machines, as I am doing research before buying my first one. I know, I cant believe that I don’t have one by now either, but they scare me so much that I haven’t even used one yet, so any info or feedback you guys may have would be great.

Nice to meet you all, and I will try to keep it shorter next time


  1. Josefly | | #1

    Thanks for introducing yourself. Your experience sewing sounds wonderful, and I'm sure folks here will welcome your ideas. There are some others on the forum who make costumes, as I imagine you've noticed. Seems to me some of you costumers have very creative solutions to problems.

    1. tmorris1 | | #2

      Josefly;Thank you for the warm welcome. It is true that costumers tend to be a little more creative, but I am sure that this talent lies inside everyone (if you weren't creative, you would not be sewing) we just tend to get thrown into some pretty bizarre situations from time to time that really test your ingenuity. T

      1. Ralphetta | | #4

        There seem to be a lot of theater people at this site.  One day I stumbled onto a discussion about ice skating costumes and found it really educational.  I doubt that i will ever make a man's ice skating costume, but there were suggestions that I stored away in my  brain to apply to other things. 

        I'm an actor and find it VERY difficult to keep my mouth shut when working with a new costumer because I've sewn for this body a zillion years.  Fortunately, the ones I work with most of the time are secure enough that they don't get upset with my questions/suggestions and I appreciate the fact that i can be honest about problems and not be ignored or have someone get mad. 

        I've wondered why there were so many theater people here.  Anyone hazard a guess?

        1. tmorris1 | | #5

          I actually work in the Film Industry, but if you consider that your average small theater puts on 4 major productions a year, and there are a lot of theaters out there, it makes sense that there would be a fair number of costumers. Have you considered volunteering your sewing services for times when you have not been cast in a role? More exposure - whatever the kind - is always beneficial.

  2. fabricholic | | #3

    Yes, tmorris1, I have benefited from your knowledge already. Welcome to this great group of sewists. Glad to have you join us.Marcy

    1. tmorris1 | | #6

      You are so sweet. I am glad to have found the sight. Having no children or grandchildren to teach, I sometimes crave to share info with others. It is nice to have a sounding board.

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    blondie2sew | | #7

    Welcome!! I am excited to hopefully see some of your costumes and other projects in our Photo Gallery thread...would this be something you would do for us? And I am excited to gleam from your knowledge!!

    1. tmorris1 | | #8

      Hey Blondie;A lot of the stuff that I make for film gets pretty trashed by the end of the shoot. It seems that people in the 1ate 1800's/early 1900's were not very clean so they rub dirt and grime into my work in order to make it more "period realistic" - it is heartbreaking. But, as soon as I can learn to keep my finger off of the camera lens, I will definitely start posting pictures.

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