Millions upon millions of people each year flock to live theater performances at locations across the planet.  The Stratford Festival of Ontario, Canada is an event that stands in a class by itself.  People are in awe of the collective talent who create the productions offered there, but often are not often aware of the amazing creativity and artistry that goes on behind the scenes.

In the video below, step into the creative process behind the scenes of wardrobe and costume creation, from concept to the stage by the designers and sewists of The Stratford Festival.

29 yards of fabric

90 unique cuts

11,500 feet of thread

140 hours of sewing

100 dress pleats

18 feet of boning ….

….one stunning dress!

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VIDEO:  Wardrobe at the Stratford Festival ~ Behind the Scenes:

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The Stratford Festival 2016 Information

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1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

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1879 Worth Gown for Alice Wade Everett

Held at the Western Reserve Historical Society.

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ISAAC SINGER: Sewing Machine Patent


On this day in 1851, American inventor Isaac Singer received his first patent on what would become the sewing machine we know and love today.

Isaac Singer Sewing Machine Credits: Biography, Quilting Board.

Sewing machines already existed and many different patents, owned by many different inventors were already in place. After examining sewing machines in his friend’s repair shop, Singer thought they would be much more reliable if instead of a circle, the shuttle operated in a straight line. Which then led to him removing the curved needle and replacing it with a straight one.

This change made the sewing machine much more practical and easy to produce. The improved machine could sew up to 900 stitches per minute, which was totally unheard of.

Isaac Singer Sewing Machine Credit: Britannica

To help manufacture the machines and bring them into peoples homes, all the patent holders came together to form a patent pool, in which an…

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