One of the most useful things in my arsenal of tools is my Costume Planning Sheet. This is the place where I record details about each project I work on. I record the name and contact information of each dancer, title of the costume, materials, embellishments and a sketch. I also make notes as I work on the project, especially keeping track of the time in the sewing log. In the notes section, I include measurements I need, and any notes that come up in any fittings. I almost always make more notes on the back and that’s where I sketch out sketches of the garments laid flat.
Even if you don’t sew for anyone other than yourself, this tool might help you stay organized, efficient and on budget. Good luck with your next costuming project!