THEA 222 Technical Practice: Costume Spring 2007 TH 131

Professor: Kaoime E. Malloy

T Th 2:00-4:00 pm Office: TH 171C x2193

Office Hours: T 1 - 2pm, Th 11 - 12




The New Singer Sewing Essentials


To provide instruction in the basic techniques of stage costume construction and Costume Shop operation. Practical experience is gained through the application of learned techniques in laboratory work and working on University Theatre productions.


1. Familiarity and skill development with regards to basic shop equipment, tools, safety and shop organization.

2. Familiarity and skill development with regards to basic sewing techniques.

3. Familiarity and skill development with regards to the wardrobe area of a working theatre.

4. The demonstration of a basic skill level in all three of these areas.


1. Notebook. Each student will be required to keep a notebook of sewing skill projects. This notebook will be collected periodically and graded. This notebook is to be a HARDBOUND notebook, 8 ˝" X 11". Each project will clearly labeled with the project name, date and is to be mounted securely on heavy paper (biology paper or cardstock.) Time will be provided in class for you to work on this notebook, but be advised that you will also have to work on it outside of class in order to complete it.

2. Final Exam. There will be a final exam administered at the end of the semester. Each student is responsible for the information covered in lectures, demonstrations, assigned readings and projects during the semester.

3. Lab. Friday’s class period is considered a lab session. This three hour period will be divided into two 1 ˝ hour sessions. Each student is required to attend one of these labs per week. Lab assignment will be determined by an in class lottery. This lab time is built into the class, and is provided primarily for you to complete your class projects and assignments. There may also be some occasions where we will work as a class on the current theatre production. It is the student’s responsibility to keep up with these hours. If, at the end of the semester you are behind in these hours, there will be no way to make up these hours.

4. Projects. Two major projects will be required of each student. The first will consist of a complete garment, which you will sew for yourself. This project will be due around midterm. The second will consist of a garment that demands more complex sewing or fitting techniques. This project will be due during finals week.


Each student will be required to purchase their own sewing shears, pins, notebook materials, and project supplies (patterns, fabric, notions etc.). You may also wish to purchase a small box to hold your supplies. These materials are in addition to the textbook. The class fee is used to provide students with basic sewing materials such as thread, bias tape, zippers, interfacing etc., that are used in class to complete the Notebook and smaller projects.


This class is of a studio nature. It is necessary for the student to attend all class periods in order to hear lectures, see demonstrations and experience practical applications of techniques. I cannot stress the importance of class attendance enough: it is critical in order for you to learn the skills necessary to complete both the in and out of class assignments. You are allowed two unexcused absences during the semester. Beginning with your third unexcused absence, and with each subsequent unexcused absence, your final grade will be lowered by one full letter. The student is responsible for making up any missed material due to an absence, excused or otherwise. Similarly, late assignments will not be accepted for full points unless you have an excused absence, or you contact the instructor prior to the due date to inform me of any extenuating circumstances. Any project that is late will be graded down one full letter grade for each class period in which the student fails to turn it in.


Grading for this course will be as follows:

Attendance 10%

Participation 5%

Lab Hours 5%

Notebook 20%

Final Exam 20%

Garment Project 20%

Final Project 20%


As required by federal law and UW-Green Bay policy for Individuals with Disabilities, it is important that if you have a documented disability and need accommodations to contact the Disability Services Office at 465-2841. Should you be unable to fulfill the class requirements due to disability related reasons, please contact the Professor and Disability Services Coordinator to determine if an alternative arrangement can be made. Reasonable accommodations can be made unless it alters the essential components of the class. These arrangements must be made within the first two weeks of class.