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Aglets

Aglets are used to tip corset laces in metal. The crimper compacts the aglet onto a lace tip. Available in Brass, Black, and Nickel.

Awl

Awls are used for making holes in fabrics. Its like an ice pick.

Bias Tape Centerfold

Bias Tape is a narrow fabric folded together to meet in the center. It  comes finished in 1/2" and 1"width.When the tape is opened the 1 inch opens to 2"  and the 1/2 " opens to 1"

Bone Casing

Bone Casing is a tubular tape, used to slide Corset Bones or Steel Spirals through, for sewing into  a corset. It's 100% cotton comes 1/2" and 3/4" inch wide . Available in Black or White.

Buckram

Buckram is used to make custom molds for  hats and other objects.

Available in heavy weight and double sided.

Continuous Lace

Continuous lacing is made from 100% cotton and comes in a 144 yard roll. Available in both Black and White.

Corset Bones

Corset Bones are used in the bodice of a corset, to give it shape. They are a white coated metal 1/4 and 1/2 inch wide, that come in lengths from 3 inches to 24 inches including 1/2 inch increments. They can be cut and tipped with tipping fluid.

Corset Busk

Corset Busks are used to close and open the front of corsets. The busk consists of 2 corset bones with a set of hooks on one side, about 1" apart and with a set of eyes on the other bone running parallel; much like clasps.

Corset Steel Spirals

Steel Spirals are used in the body of the corset to give it shape. The metal  is made of circular steel, giving it a springlike quality. They come 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide from 3 to 24 inches with 1/2inch increments. They can be cut and tipped with 1/4 and 1/2 inch caps.

Coutil

Coutil is an essential corset building fabric. Available in several colors and is made in 100% cotton. It is a woven twill, with a herringbone pattern. The fabric has little stretch, and a smooth finish. English Coutil is much stiffer and has a smoother finish than Domestic Coutil.

Covered Feather Boning

Covered Feather Boning is used in the same way as Corset Bones and Steel Spirals to give  a bodice shape. It's a 1/4'' continuous plastic boning, covered in 100% cotton fabric with a 1/8" seam allowance on each side. Comes in White Only.

CRIN  ; A plain weave sturdy nylon fabric used for undergarments and special effects . Available in Black and white , Its sometimes called Nylon Horse Hair.

Designer Carryalls

Designer Carryalls contain all the necessary tools for drafting patterns. It is also available without the case at a lower price.

Dorcas Pins

Dorcas pins are a straight pin 1- 3/8" long,. They have  extremely sharp points..

Dotted Pattern Paper

A 45 inch wide alphanumeric pattern paper that has a number grid every 2 inches for quick accurate bias alignment. The paper is  the industry standard for markers reproduced on ammonia duplicating systems.

Fosshape

FOSSHAPE is a thick felt like material that is moldable.   Reacts to steam, heat, and dry heat. When exposed to heat, the FOSSHAPE becomes very flexible, which allows the you to shape it. To get the material heated, all you need is a steam iron or costume steamer. Some of its primary uses are for head pieces, sub-structures, ornamental effects, masks, props, and scenic materials. FOSSHAPE can be applied on to itself, hot glued, stapled to paper, wood, cloth, and WONDERFLEX.

French Belting

French Belting is a rayon grosgrain without the edges.

Both Grosgrain and French belting are available in polyester, nylon, and rayon.

Grommets

Grommets are used in the back of corsets as eyelets for lacing. They are available in 00 , 0 and 1 and are available in Black, Brass, and Nickle.

Grommet Cutters

Grommet cutters cut a perfectly round hole in sizes: 00, 0, and 1 in fabric.

Grommet Setters

Grommet Setters set washers and studs in the fabric of corsets. They come in sizes 00, 0, and 1 for setting the metal grommets.

Grosgrain Ribbon

A narrow ribbed fabric with edges; Available in many colors .It  is used as decoration and for millinery ornamentation.

Hooks, Eyes, and Bars

In the dark ages, clothing was not to be adorned with anything. As a result the method for closing garments were hooks and eyes in Black only. The Amish still use this method .

Today, Hooks and Eyes come in Black and Nickel, in sizes: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

The other styles are known as Falstaff, Tutu, Pelican, Pavarotti, Nuevo Laredo, and Scabbard.

Hook and Eye Tape

Hook and Eye tape is made from 100 % cotton; tape with hooks and eyes already sewn on with 1 inch spacing in between. The tape is available in heavy weight weight and regular in Black and White.

Hooping Wire

Hooping Wire is used to make  hoop skirts. It has two parallel rows of 1/8 inch steel covered in Buckram or Plastic.

Hoop Wire Clasp

In making Hoop Skirts the Hoop Wire Clasp is used for joining Continuous Boning or Hoop Wire (Plastic or Fabric Covered). Availavle in 3/8" and 1/2".

Hook and Loop (VELCRO)

Four different types; which also come in different colors and sizes. Hook and loop has a ton of different uses such a connecting to different fabrics together and so on. In addition there is a new stretchable hook and loop.

 Nylon Horsehair

 A Plain weave  100% Nylon fabric used for under garment shapping and special effects. Available in black and white.

Horsehair Braid

A millinary accessory in sizes 1/2 " 1", 2", 3", 6", and Tubular.
criss cross weave. It is available in coarse or soft finish.

Ice Wool

Ice Wool  as  is a soft cotton candy like interfacing 80 % wool 20% synthetic. Available in Black ad white 40 inches wide

Irons and Steamers

(Naomoto Gravity Feed Steamer)
The gravity feed iron is used in most costume shops for its instant steam, temperature control.

Naomoto is the finest made today and weighs about 5 to 7 pounds

Jiffy Steamer

The Jiffy Steamer is used in many shops for removing wrinkle's from costumes, rugs, fabrics, and as well as refreshing them as if they were dry cleaned.

King Henry Hook and Bar

The King Henry hook and bar is the most popular fastener for tutus, because it allows the costumer to add a second set of bars to the Tutu. The King Henry Hook  is also know as the number 6 hook and bar.

Kraft Paper or Butcher Paper

A 48 inch brown paper used to protect fabric from becoming damaged on a cutting table and to add movement to the fabric on the table. Available in 30, 40, 50, 60, and 75 pounds.

Lace Tip Crimping Tool or "Aglet Crimper

A lace tip crimper, is a  tool to attach aglets on the ends of laces.

Magnetic Snap Tape 

A cotton tape with a 3/8 inch magnet every four inches for quick changes.  

 

Miracle Net

Miracle Net is a  plain weave fabric and is made from 100% nylon. It is used in crinolines, interlinings, and is fully dyeable.

 

Nuevo Laredo

The Nuevo Laredo hook and bar is the smaller version of the Pavarotti with ornamental drawing on the face

Pattern Paper

Pattern paper is also known as MANILA TAG PAPER. This is the standard paper for making patterns. It is available in light, medium and heavy .

Pattern Notcher

The Pattern Notcher is used for making 1/4" indentures  on patterns and fabrics.

 

 

 

 

Pavarotti Hook and Bar

The Pavarotti hook is the largest pant hook made with a bar for very heavy weight costumes.

Peal Starch

Peal starch is a new product for starching clothes.  You  add the starch  into the last rinse cycle and it will cover everything evenly.

Pelican Hook

The Pelican hook  has a large throat, with a bent nose. It is primarily used in Ballet costumes .It is used with a number 6 bar or eye. Available in black and white.

Plastic Hangars

Plastic Hangars come in a variety of styles and weights.

Plastic Boning

Plastic boning is used in the same way as corset bones and steel spirals giving a bodice shape with lots of flexibility. It's is a continuous plastic 1/8" inch wide covered in cotton fabric in. It comes in White or Natural and uncovered plastic .

Prussian Tape

Prussian tape is a nylon version of twill tape used to cover corset bones. Available in 1/2" and 3/4" inch in Black and White

Revolving Hole  Punch

The Revolving punch is used to make holes on belts and other things such as fabrics from size 0-6.

Rit Dye

Rit dye is the most popular dye in America. They make a large variety of colors in liquid and powder .

They are available in 1ounce powder, 3 ounce liquid, and 5 pound containers

Scabbard Hooks

The scabbard is a very long nose open throated hook, in Brass and Black; used for hooking swords to belts

Snap Tape

Snap Tape is a very popular tape for quick change costumes. The snaps are spaced about 1 1/2" inch wide and and have the usual stud and socket. Available in Black and White.

Soufel

Soufel was originally created by designer Jean Louis for Marlene Dietrich. It was created so that beads and sequins appeared as if they were attached to her bare skin. Marilyn Monroe also used this fabric on a dress she wore to President John F. Kennedy's birthday party. It had about 6000 beads attached to the Soufel.

 

Stiff Stuff

Stiff Stuff is a Buckram like fabric, but is a little bit softer. It's primary use is for stiffening cuffs and collars, but can be used in other ways to.

Stretch Soufel

Stretch Soufel has a 4 way plain weave stretch.

Made from 100% Nylon

Thread Clips

Thread Clips are mini scissors about 4 inches long for snipping thread.

Tracing Paper or Transfer Carbon

A single side sheet of waxy transfer paper 26" x 39" used in the marking of fabric..It is available in red , white ,yellow,navy and light blue.

Tutu Hook

The tutu is a large U shaped hook and eye for extra heavy tutus. It is very sturdy and open throated hook.

Uncovered Feather Boning

Uncovered Feather Boning is a 1/4" continuous boning used in corset making.

Velvet Press Board

A brass needle board used for pressing Velvets and other plush fabrics. The board comes in sizes 4" x 6", 4" x 18", 6" x 12", 6" x 18", 6" x 24", and 6" x 36".

Wonderflex

WONDERFLEX also known as the “Celastic replacement” is a Formica-like material that responds to heat. When heated, it is capable of taking many different forms and molds. WONDERFLEX allows the user to easily paint, decorate, and apply different coatings to its surface. To begin molding, the material needs to be heated to 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit; this can be achieved with a hot air gun, microwave, or hot water. A few examples where WONDERFLEX works well with are headpieces, animatronics, modeling, prototypes, 3-D displays, ornamental effects, masks, props, theater, and set design work. WONDERFLEX can be hot glued to paper, wood, cloth, and also FOSSHAPE.

 
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