Los Angeles Community College District

Costume Maker (#5393)

$23.92-$29.63 hourly / $4,146.04-$5,136.22 monthly / $49,752.48-$61,634.64 annual


Makes, renovates, alters, and repairs costumes used in a college theater arts program.

Typical Duties

Makes costumes and stage properties by hand or on a sewing machine.

Cleans, irons, renovates, alters, repairs, and tailors costumes.

Issues and receives costumes, accessories, and stage properties for student use; keeps records, and effects the return of supplies checked out to students.

Stores and maintains inventories of costumes and accessories and prepares periodic inventory reports.

Effectively utilizes the capabilities and functions of standard computer software applications in the performance of duties.

Operates, maintains, and makes minor adjustments and repairs on sewing machines including oiling and cleaning machines.

Assists instructors in demonstrating the use of sewing machines and hand sewing techniques to students.

Makes and modifies patterns for costumes.

Cuts yardage.

Provides work direction to students in the making, repairing, and storing of costumes.

Fits costumes and dresses participants at rehearsals and performances.

Orders and purchases yardage, costume pieces, and other costume-making supplies.

Assists in repairing stage fabrics such as curtains and drapery.

May assist with work related to department business such as document creation and editing, time keeping, answering telephone inquiries and posting updated information on Web pages, as needed.

May design costumes and stage properties.

May provide training and work direction to student employees and/or volunteers.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Costume Maker makes, renovates, alters, and repairs costumes used in a theater arts program.

A Performing Arts Technician coordinates and performs technical work required in the maintenance of a theater or TV and film stage and production areas or music and dance concert hall, and assists instructors in the conduct of technical production classes for theater, or TV film and broadcast performances.


General supervision is received from a academic supervisor. Functional supervision may be received from instructional staff. Work direction may be provided to student employees and/or volunteers.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Principles of costume construction and design

Machine and hand sewing techniques for constructing, repairing, and altering costumes

Color combinations, materials, and styles used for costumes and stage properties

Materials and equipment used in costume construction

Safety precautions, practices, and procedures applicable to costume construction

Color combinations, materials, and styles used for costumes and stage properties

Basic operation of computer equipment

Recordkeeping procedures

Skill in:

Operation of sewing machines and attachments

Sewing by hand

Ability to:

Operate, explain, and demonstrate the proper and safe utilization of sewing equipment

Clean, iron, and repair fabrics

Design costumes

Keep detailed and precise records of costume inventories and distribution

Make patterns and cut yardage in accordance with patterns

Fit and tailor costumes

Work effectively and cooperatively with students and instructional staff

Give clear and concise instructions

Maintain an inventory of costumes and supplies

Keep detailed and precise records

Learn general and specialized software applications

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

A. An associate degree or its equivalent from a recognized college or university with a major in costume design or a related field.


B. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND a certificate of completion in costume making from a recognized college or university.


C. Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time, paid experience in making or altering dresses or costumes.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5393; EST: ; REV: 4/10/2019;