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A stitcher puts the finishing touches on a bullfighter jacket for Carmen at the Santa Fe Opera.

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BUILDING THE GARMENT

The costume shop was doing a rush order around a famous musician’s busy schedule, and he was due in for a fitting shortly. The draper met designer Adele Lutz in the fitting room, ready to try the first costume: a tracksuit embellished with painted flames. Meanwhile, her first hand finished the final assembly on the second outfit. The first hand looked nervously through the small pile of stretchy fabric shapes before her. While she knew how to easily recognize the curved top of a sleeve that gathers into an armhole, ...

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