#TipTuesday - COSTUME CHECKLIST
Having a checklist handy while you pack is the easiest way to keep from forgetting a crucial piece of your costume at home. I try to create one for every costume I do, and either keep it with the costume itself (if I can) or in a binder, so when I’m ready to wear it again, I know I can find everything.
I divided mine into sections and subsections, as I needed them. The first section is all about the costume itself - the Main Pieces (bodysuit, etc), Shoes (boots, etc), Accessories (Belts, capes, jewelry, etc) and Props (Swords, bags, etc). I have a section to the side to note if I need to clean or repair anything before it’s next outing as well (nothing like forgetting that you meant to reinforce a seam somewhere…and then the seam goes thppptt!)
Then I go into Support - undies, shapewear, hose, socks for boots, etc. Again, a section on the side if I need to clean or replace anything (I go through tights like whoa!)
There’s a section for Make-Up, which lets me jot down if I’m using a certain shade of lipstick, or eyebrow pencil to match a wig. Special Effects are for things like body make-up, spirit gum or contacts. And the Supplies section remind me to bring spirit gum *remover*, any special brushes or sponges I need, and my old washcloth that I use to wipe my make-up-y hands with because I feel stupid-guilty using the super-white hotel ones.
Next is Hair - for wigs and hair, there’s always stuff you need to remember: wig caps, bobby pins, hair spray, brushes, even a wig head if you need one. And as most of my wigs live separately from the costumes, this section is super-key for me!
Finally, a Fix-It Supplies section reminds me to check my emergency sewing kit for extra snaps, matching thread, safety pins, glue gun, paint, etc. Other is for anything else that I need to remember about it (“Pee first!” is pretty common but also the order I need to put things on in). When I pack the costume away I try to make notes when it’s fresh in my head, if I need to buy or replace something.
I also always attach a reference image to this sheet: the character, a make-up reference (for more complicated paint jobs) or even of all the pieces together, if you need a visual guide.
This is a link to the checklist I created (.pdf format). Feel free to use it as a reference to create your own, or use it as is!